Psychosexual therapy is the use of counselling or longer-term psychotherapy to help address sexual problems.

The SHARE (Sexual Help And Relationship Enhancement) team consists of a number of therapists and dedicated administration team. All of the therapists have completed a postgraduate course in the assessment and treatment of sex and relationship problems, which is recognised by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). We therefore abide by the COSRT code of ethics.

We believe that:

  • Intimate relationships play a vital role in sustaining stability of family life in its many modern day forms
  • Healthy sexual life is important to self-esteem and well-being

Our aim:

  • To promote and develop positive psychological sexual health, effective physical sexual function and reproductive ability within the context of the individual and / or the relationship whilst respecting and acknowledging all individual’s sense of self within the relationship and the dynamic of their unique system.
  • To use a holistic approach to increase understanding, knowledge, and well-being including education to develop skills that encourage positive choice whilst respecting at all times the client’s ownership of the therapeutic process and core beliefs that underpin the individual.
  • To work in an inclusive and non-judgemental way for individuals and couples irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • To maintain ethical standards and credibility to inform and protect the public.
  • To act in a professional, knowledgeable, and expert way by setting high standards of professional practice.

Booking your first appointment

Watch our video to find out more about booking an appointment with the Psychosexual service:

You will be introduced to a member of the team who will become your therapist. Your therapist understands how difficult it can be to discuss a sexual problem and will help and encourage you to feel comfortable to talk about your problems and express your feelings.

You will work with your therapist to identify the problem(s) and develop a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. The sexual problem may have a physical or psychological cause, or a combination of both. It would be helpful if you could bring with you a list of any medications that you are taking. Confidentiality is assured and will be explained and discussed at your first appointment. If appropriate, and only with your permission, your therapist may consult with other appropriate professionals to help resolve your difficulties.

Sessions are held at a variety of sites to enable more convenient access to the service. However please note that not all venues are fully accessible and/or have facilities for anyone with a disability or impairment. If you have any special requirements e.g. wheelchair access, mobility, hearing, sight, fear of lifts or to discuss any potential difficulties in absolute confidence, please contact the service directly. We are very sensitive to our client’s anxieties and worries and our aim is that you feel comfortable, supported and safe at all times whilst you are in our care.