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Psychosexual Issues

What are psychosexual issues?

Psychosexual issues are sexual problems that are psychological in origin rather than physiological. They may arise as a result of stress, anxiety, nervousness, worry, fear, depression, trauma and other causes. Sexual problems can vary in severity and intensity, some can be minor and temporary whereas others have been around for a long time. Examples of psychosexual issues are:

  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulties with orgasm
  • Arousal disorders
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature or delayed ejaculation
  • General breakdown in a couple‚Äôs sexual relationship

Treatment for psychosexual issues

Psychological therapy can help you understand the origins of psychosexual difficulties. Often therapy is likely to focus on the underlying causes than the sexual difficulties themselves though some guidance is also offered about strategies for managing some of the difficulties you might be struggling with. The psychologists at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic are likely to meet you first for an initial assessment and spend some time developing a psychological formulation of your difficulties. An appropriate treatment plan will be formulated then. Sometimes the psychologists might subsequently refer you to a psychosexual therapist if this approach is deemed to be appropriate.