We can only offer psychosexual services to people living in areas covered by Oxfordshire County Council (find your local council on the GOV.UK website). If you live outside of this area, please contact your local sexual health service instead.
What is psychosexual therapy
Some people experience difficulties with sex which can be difficult to talk about. We provide a talking therapy service which can help with a variety of sexual problems.
- Painful sex and / or difficulty with penetration, including fears and anxiety about intercourse
- Premature ejaculation
- Delayed or absent ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
- Difficulty getting aroused and / or reaching orgasm
- Problems with sex due to other illness or medications, for example cancer treatments
Please book a telephone appointment. We can then arrange a referral for assessment with the psychosexual therapy service if appropriate.
Alternatively, you can ask your GP or practice nurse to refer you to the psychosexual therapy service. Please note, you cannot self-refer to this service – an initial assessment or GP referral is necessary.
Assessment of erectile dysfunction
We are not able to do a physical medical assessment regarding the causes of erectile dysfunction or prescribe medication for this.
Your GP can help and may wish to do the following:
- Blood test for: 9am Testosterone level, TSH (thyroid), Prolactin, HBA1c, Lipids
- Blood pressure
- Cardiovascular risk assessment
- Genital examination
- A trial of the medication Sildenafil (Viagra), if it is suitable for you
What to expect from psychosexual therapy
We provide a service with both medical and psychological expertise and can integrate these skills to help resolve people’s sexual problems. You will meet with an experienced clinician with expertise for a specialist assessment to determine what is likely to be most helpful for you. We provide short-term focused psychosexual therapy on an individual or group basis, to individuals and couples.
What we are not able to offer services for
- Sexual addiction and sexual compulsion problems, including porn use
- Questions around sexual orientation
- Questions around gender identity
- Relationship problems
But we can signpost you to services / help.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (CORST)
Key information on therapy – CORST has a range of factsheets on psychosexual and relationship therapy, including:
- An advice sheet on common sexual problems
- Sex and relationships affected by cancer
- Sex and relationships affected by disability
Lack of desire and / or arousal
- We’ve stopped having sex – Relate
- Low sex drive (loss of libido) – The NHS website
- TEDx talk: The surprising truth about desire everyone needs to know (Dr Karen Gurney) – YouTube
- TEDx talk: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship (Esther Perel) – YouTube
- Why can I not get and keep an erection? – the NHS website
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence) – the NHS website
- I can’t get hard – Relate
- Mojo Men
Painful sex for people with a vulva and vagina, vaginismus, vulval pain
- Vaginismus – the NHS website
- Vulvodynia (vulval pain) – the NHS website
- Vulval Pain Society
Difficulty having an orgasm
- What can cause orgasm problems in women? – the NHS website
- TED talk: The truth about faking orgasms (Karen Gurney) – YouTube
- The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
- I’m worried that I (or someone I know) might be addicted to sex – Relate
- Sex & Porn Addiction Help
- Your Brain on Porn
- TEDx talk: The Great Porn Experiment – Your Brain on Porn