As you might imagine, when I tell people I’m a Clinical Sexologist, I get so many different responses!
Clinical Sexology is a relatively new profession that addresses sexual concerns of individuals and couples. Sexologists are highly skilled and proficient in applying knowledge and practice from a combination of areas such as psychology, counselling, physiology and medicine.
Perhaps a primary key to the success of Clinical Sexology is that it allows the Sexologist to provide personal counselling together with the application of practical methods of addressing sexual issues. This is perhaps one of the major differences between a Clinical Sexologist and a Psychologist: While usually highly trained in psychological intervention, most Psychologists are unlikely to have any training in the practical application of various methods of overcoming sexual issues.
As a Clinical Sexologist and Counsellor, one of my main objectives is to create a comfortable environment that allows individuals and couples to discuss their sexual wellbeing and to encourage them to talk about any sexual changes they might be experiencing. These changes may be of concern to them as an individual or impacting on their relationship in a negative way.
Research suggests that overall quality of life and general well-being are often lower for those who experience sexual difficulties.
Clinical Sexologists work with their clients to provide an assessment of their sexual concerns and provide counselling, and practical and informational resources.
My aim in doing this is to support those I’m working with to feel empowered by looking at new or different possibilities to enhance their sexual self-esteem, overall self-confidence and intimacy with self, relationship and others.
Sexual concerns/changes are very common following certain surgeries, pregnancy and/or certain treatments for medical conditions. Such issues may include physical changes such as, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse for women or erectile difficulties for men, and/or low sexual self-esteem and changes to emotional intimacy.
Sexual difficulties such as low libido, difficulty to orgasm are very common, even for men or women who are otherwise healthy.
While it is normal within relationships to experience the highs and lows of sexuality and sexual activity related to desire and frequency of sexual activity and intimacy, this can be further affected by illnesses or certain medical treatments.
As a Clinical Sexologist I can support you by:
- Listening and acknowledging concerns in a confidential, safe and comfortable environment.
- Addressing sexual difficulties and awkwardness when connecting sexually with another.
- Considering ways of enhancing your sexuality and intimacy for you as an individual or for you in your relationship.
- Helping you to understand changes to your body image and sexual self-esteem for those who have had a cancer diagnosis, surgical treatments and illness, or post baby/s.
- Addressing issues related to healthy sexual functioning and sex life.
- Redevelop a healthy sex-life balance.
- Providing a confidential safe space to listen and talk about your sexual well-being.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions, or use the contact page to make an appointment.