CBT for sex problems

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Our sex therapists offer help with a range of sex problems.

For males, these problems can include:

  • Erectile dysfunction (inability to get or sustain a strong enough erection for sexual intercourse to take place)
  • Delayed ejaculation (inability to easily reach a climax during sex – or at all)
  • Sexual addiction
  • Loss or reduction of sex drive
  • Sexual aversion (a very strong dislike for aspects of sex, often leading to avoidance of sex altogether)

Among females, the main problems are:

  • Lack of physiological responsiveness (lack of lubrication, and lack of the expansion of the vaginal canal when aroused)
  • Anorgasmia (inability or difficulty to reach a climax)
  • Loss or reduction of sex drive
  • Vaginismus (tightening of the muscles surrounding the vagina when sexual intercourse is attempted)
  • Dyspareunia (intense pain in sexual intercourse)
  • Sexual addiction

Causes of sexual difficulties may be physical or psychological, or a combination.  Even when there is a physical cause for sexual dysfunction, psychological factors often play a part in perpetuating it.  However, if physical problems are present, then a referral for physical investigation may sometimes be required.

Psychological factors can include:

  • General anxiety about sex
  • Fears of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Depressed mood
  • Misconception, incorrect beliefs and ignorance about sex
  • Strict moral attitudes

Relationship factors can be a major cause of sexual problems.  For example, unhappiness about the infidelity of a partner may well lead to a loss of interest in sex.

CBT and sex
If you have one of the sexual problems listed above, you will benefit from psychological treatment. In recent years, this treatment has usually taken the form of CBT.  The approach used will depend on your specific situation, history and circumstances.  You can have CBT alone, or with your partner.

How can I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, please give us a call now on 0207 929 7911, request a call back here or send us a message here.