Sexuality and Relationships2023-07-17T13:00:57+01:00

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Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy

Here are just a few symptoms related to men: 

  • Not able to keep an erection
  • Premature Ejaculation (orgasm too soon)
  • Delayed or unable to Ejaculate
  • Inhibited sexual desire
  • sexual compulsive behaviour-sex addiction

Here are just a few symptoms related to women:

  • loss of sexual desire
  • Not able to achieve orgasm
  • Inhibited sexual desire
  • Vaginismus—an unconscious spasm, or tightening of the muscles around the vagina stopping penetration.
  • Dyspareunia-experiencing pain during sexual intercourse
  • sexual compulsive behaviour-sex addiction

Some people live with long term sexual problems, and are often too ashamed and embarrassed to discuss their concerns – not even with their partner. This can take a toll on their sex life, relationship and well-being.

Who can benefit from psychosexual therapy?

Psychosexual therapy can help individuals of all ages and sexual orientation. If you are single and not actively having sex, you can still benefit from seeing a sex therapist if something is troubling you.

If you are in a relationship, cohabiting or living separately, you can receive treatment together but you can also come on your own.

However, it is considered more effective if sessions are attended together as a couple. This is because the sexual problem will typically impact both partners equally – even if they are only physically affecting one individual.


“A personal growth programme for you as an individual or as a couple that will help you become more familiar with your body and your sexual responses. This may involve a series of exercises to be practiced at home that include: (sensual touching techniques).

These exercises are strategies to overcome difficulties and are particularly beneficial to couples wanting to learn more about each other sexually.

I will also help you address conflict and communication barriers as part of a therapeutic programme if your problems are relational only and non-sexual. ”

Relationship Psychotherapy

by Naomi Magnus, Existential Psychotherapist

Relationship psychotherapy, is a specialised form of therapy that focuses on improving the dynamics and communication within a relationship. It aims to help people navigate challenges, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their bond. Relationship therapy can support people in any form of relationship, whether romantic, family, friends, business colleagues – sometimes all relationships need some facilitation and guidance to get back on track,

In relationship psychotherapy, a trained therapist works with you to explore the underlying issues that may be causing distress or dissatisfaction in the relationship. The therapist provides a safe and non-judgmental space for open and honest communication, allowing each person to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

The therapy process typically involves identifying and addressing patterns of interaction that may be contributing to relationship difficulties, alongside underlying trauma and experiences that may be driving clients behaviours in the relationship. The therapist helps couples develop effective communication skills, teaching them how to express their needs and listen to each other with empathy and understanding.

Another key goal of relationship psychotherapy is to enhance emotional connection and intimacy. The therapist helps partners develop a deeper understanding of each other’s needs, desires, and values, fostering empathy and compassion. Through this process, couples can rebuild trust, strengthen their emotional bond, and cultivate a more satisfying and fulfilling relationship.

Relationship psychotherapy can also be beneficial for couples facing specific challenges such as infidelity, sexual difficulties, fertility issues and parenting conflicts. The therapist provides guidance and support in navigating these issues, helping couples find constructive ways to address and resolve them.

It is important to note that relationship psychotherapy is not a quick fix or a guarantee of saving a troubled relationship. It requires commitment, effort, and active participation from both partners. The therapist acts as a facilitator, providing guidance and tools, but ultimately, it is up to the couple to implement the strategies and make the necessary changes.

Overall, relationship psychotherapy offers a valuable opportunity for couples to work through their challenges, improve their communication, and build a stronger foundation for a healthy and fulfilling relationship. By addressing underlying issues and developing effective coping strategies, couples can create a more harmonious and satisfying partnership.

Naomi Magnus MProf MBACP UKCP 

picture by Alexander Grey


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