Frequently Asked Questions
How long are sessions?
Sessions are 55 minutes in length
How many sessions will I need to attend?
This depends on a variety of factors, such as commitment to trying exercises and the nature of the difficulty. However, the majority of people attend for between 4 and 16 sessions. In some cases, a couple of sessions may be sufficient as just having the opportunity to talk openly can bring quick change. Other clients may find that they need to attend longer term if their difficulty is more complex or resistant to change.
How often do I need to attend?
Most people attend either weekly or fortnightly, especially in the early days of therapy. However, your requirements will be taken into account when booking appointments.
Do I need to bring my partner with me to sessions?
No, you can come on your own to discuss the issues that are concerning you. Sometimes it can be helpful to have your own time to think things through and try different approaches.
It can be useful for your partner to attend too at some stage as usually sexual difficulties affect both individuals in a couple and seeing a couple together can lead to a better outcome.
I’m currently single. Is there any point in sex therapy?
You may find that sex therapy is still helpful when you’re single, especially if your sexual difficulty is affecting your confidence and preventing you from meeting someone new. Talking about your difficulty and thinking of ways to manage or overcome problems in a new relationship can be very beneficial.
Will I have to do anything physical in the sessions?
No. You will never be asked to do any physical exercises during your appointment. However, I may suggest some activities for you to do alone or with a partner at home and I will ask for feedback at the following session.
Can you prescribe medications or book physical tests and examinations
No. If it appears that you would benefit from medical intervention, e.g. blood tests, medication, physical examinations etc., I will suggest that you speak to your GP about this.
What therapeutic approach do you take?
I take an integrative approach which combines different therapeutic approaches depending on the requirements of the client. I am most familiar with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic and Psychodynamic Therapies.
Will Sex Therapy fix my problem?
Most people find that they finish therapy having either reached their initial goal, or have gained a greater understanding and tools and techniques to enable them to have a more enjoyable and fulfilling sex life. However, some issues are difficult to treat, especially if there is also a complex physical element that cannot be resolved. Even in these situations, people often find that they finish therapy with a greater understanding of themselves and a more positive approach to sex and intimacy.
What options are there for support?
I offer face to face Psychosexual Therapy and Relationship Counselling in North Leeds and Online. Appointments are held in a comfortable room at The Tower Clinic in Cookridge, Leeds and online webcam therapy is provided via Zoom.
How much do sessions cost?
My fees are:
Face to face:
Couples - £60
Individuals - £50
Couples - £55
Individuals - £45