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Sexual Problems Treated

It is not uncommon for sexual and relationship problems to occur together. For some people the sexual problem can cause the relationship difficulties and conversely, relationship issues can result in sexual problems.

Below are some examples of difficulties that Sex Therapy North has extensive experience of treating:

Erectile Dysfunction
Premature and Delayed Ejaculation
Difficulty Achieving Orgasm
Loss of Desire in Males and Females
Painful Intercourse (dyspareunia)
Sexual Avoidance / Phobia
Sexual Addiction / Compulsivity
Sexuality and Gender Issues
Sexual Concerns and Worries

The kinds of things that cause people to contact a sex therapist are wide ranging

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, impotence)
This may be an inability to get an erection at all, or difficulty maintaining an erection to the completion of sex. Erectile dysfunction may also be present when masturbating. This problem may occur quickly or develop over a long period of time and may be intermittent in nature.

Premature Ejaculation
Ejaculating before you or your partner may wish. This can be prior to intercourse or soon after penetration. In many cases, the man does not have voluntary conscious control or the ability to choose, in most sexual encounters, when to ejaculate. This problem can be life-long or developed after a time of having ejaculatory control.

Inhibited/delayed Ejaculation
Either the inability to ejaculate at all or finding ejaculation takes a very long time to achieve. Typically men with delayed ejaculation can ejaculate on their own but struggle when having sex with a partner. However, for some men, ejaculation may not occur under any circumstance. Again, this can be a problem from the very beginning of sexual life or can occur later.

Loss of Desire/Sex Drive
An increasing number of people are experiencing loss of desire for sex. This can be a result of stress, busy lifestyles, sexual boredom and childbirth. Some medication can negatively affect libido. Problems in the general relationship also cause loss of interest in sex. Once the relationship issues are addressed, the sexual desire usually returns.

An inability to have sexual intercourse due to the muscles at the entrance of the vagina (pubococcygeus) going into involuntary spasm when penetration (or the thought of penetration) is attempted. This is a very common problem for many women and can result in great embarrassment. Vaginismus can be present from the beginning of the woman’s sexual life or can occur later on and may be triggered by repeated vaginal infections, vaginal examination or other trauma.

Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
This may a problem for either men or women, but more commonly seen in women. Dyspareunia is pain during sex and can be a consequence of many diverse factors.

Anorgasmia (Inability to reach orgasm)
For some women, the inability to reach orgasm is always there, whether it's during intercourse or masturbation. For other women, orgasm doesn't happen during sexual intercourse, but is achieved through masturbation. There are many causes, ranging from lack of knowledge about how the female body works, to anxiety and an inability to "let go" and allow orgasm to happen.

Sexual Addiction / Compulsivity
Sexual addiction is seen both in men and women, but commonly more men seek treatment that women. Typically, people complain of having no control over their sexual cravings and spending too much time being sexual or sexualising social interactions. This may result in spending hours seeking sex, engaging with pornography or masturbating. People experiencing sexual addiction generally complain of being distracted: not being able to focus at work, disengaged from their relationship, wasting time and money and generally not living a full and balanced life.


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Professional Affiliations
COSRT: Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and Accredited Supervisor
UKCP: Registered Psychosexual Psychotherapist
BSSM: Member of the British Society of Sexual Medicine
ESSM: Member of the European Society of Sexual Medicine
AAMET: Certified Practitioner of the Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques.