Rachel Northen Sex & Relationship Therapy in Leeds

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Sex and Relationship Therapy in Leeds

The Corona Virus is having a huge impact on many aspects of our lives. Stress, anxiety, uncertainty and both isolation or enforced time with partners or family potentially taking its toll on our mental health and relationships.

If you are struggling and feel that talking to a supportive Psychosexual (Sex) and Relationship Therapist/Couples Counsellor may help then please get in touch. I am offering online sessions via Zoom and telephone support.

I understand that financial issues are affecting many of us during this time, so I am currently offering a discounted fee. Please speak to me about this if it affects you


Hello, welcome to my website. I am an experienced, qualified Psychosexual (Sex) and Relationship Therapist/Couples Counsellor working in North Leeds and online. I offer sex therapy and relationship therapy/couples counselling to people from all walks of life and with a variety of sex and relationship related difficulties.

You may have always struggled with certain aspects of sex, or a sexual difficulty could have developed over time. This could be due to conflict or unhappiness within the relationship or the cause of relationship upset.

Whatever your situation, problems with sex and intimacy can be very distressing and result in anxiety or low mood. If you're currently single, you may find you lack the confidence to start a new relationship while couples can find themselves either avoiding sex or experiencing tension and upset when sex hasn’t gone to plan.

Lack of time, stress, infidelity/affairs, illness and communication difficulties are just some of the factors that can impact on sex and intimacy. Having the time and space to think about and talk through your thoughts and feelings with a skilled sex therapist or couples counsellor can bring a sense of relief and lead to new ways of looking at and tackling the problem.

Whether face to face or online, Sex and Relationship Therapy can help you to recognise the strengths in your relationship and identify where unhelpful patterns of behaviour and communication may be undermining relationship satisfaction. It can help you to develop useful tools and techniques which can lead to increased confidence and enjoyment in your relationship.

Many people find it difficult to talk about intimate, sexual issues, even with their partner, so it can be daunting to think about confiding in a stranger. In fact, most people find a great sense of relief once they start talking about their concerns in a supportive, confidential, non-judgmental environment. I am well aware that clients are often apprehensive at first and I aim to offer a calm, safe space for you to work towards your goals. I believe that, with the right support and commitment from an experienced Sex Therapist or Couples Counsellor, most difficulties can be either improved or resolved.

I am Relate and NHS trained and have worked as a Psychosexual Therapist in the NHS. I am also a qualified Relationship Therapist and Coach and Mentor and have many years of experience in helping people to reach their goals of improving their physical and emotional wellbeing.

I have also attended therapy myself, both during a difficult time in my life and as part of my training, so know how daunting it can be to make the first steps, but also, how helpful it can be to talk through and make sense of challenging circumstances whilst learning new ways to approach them. Sometimes it can be difficult to know when to bring acceptance to situations and seek the positives and when to make changes. Having the opportunity to talk and explore options can bring clarity and confidence in decision making.

I work with adults aged 18+, from all sexual orientations and ethnicities.

Sex therapy issues I have worked with include:

  • Male issues - erectile dysfunction, premature and delayed ejaculation, arousal difficulties and loss of libido (sex drive)

  • Female issues - vaginismus, dyspareunia (sexual pain), arousal and orgasm difficulties, loss of libido, menopause related concerns

  • Couples issues - differing sex drives and arousal triggers, conflict over porn use, lack of sexual knowledge, communication difficulties, adapting sexually to illness and disability, issues arising from infertility/difficulties in conceiving

  • In addition - body image issues, sexual anxiety and phobia, confusion about sexuality, lack of confidence about sex and relationships


  • Relationship Therapy issues include: difficulties with communication and intimacy, conflict over specific areas (e.g. finances, socialising, housework, parenting, whether to have children etc.), the impact of stress, anxiety and depression, physical and emotional difficulties, lack of confidence, infidelity/affairs, lack of time together, decision making about separation.

    Couples counselling and individual therapy are available depending on your requirements.

    Face to face appointments for Sex Therapy and Relationship Counselling in North Leeds are held in a comfortable room at The Tower Clinic, 8 Tinshill Lane, Cookridge, North Leeds, LS16 7AP See photo below. There is ample, free parking available and the clinic is accessible to those living in Harrogate, Otley, Ilkley, Bradford and York.

    If attending the clinic is likely to be difficult due to time pressures and location, there is the option of Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy online via Zoom, or a combination of face to face and online sessions.

    My fees are:

    Face to face:
    Couples - £60
    Individuals - £50

    Webcam:
    Couples - £55
    Individuals - £45

    I hope that you have found this website helpful.

    If you would like a brief chat to discuss whether Sex or Relationship Therapy may be helpful for you, please get in touch either by phone (call or text) or email


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