Sexual and relationship problems are very common. Many of us may suffer from them at different stages in our lives and may feel very alone with these difficulties. In these situations, seeking help from a specialist may be the best option.
One of the reasons why many people with sexual difficulties fail to get their sexual problems sorted is because of lack of an integrative approach. Sexual problems arise from a wide range of medical, psychological, and relational & social factors. Very often, there is a complex combination of several contributing factors. At the Sexual Wellbeing Clinic, I take into consideration all the three aspects of sexual wellbeing:
1. Medical issues, for example, chronic medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, neurological disease), post surgery (for instance after prostate surgery or breast cancer), hormonal disorders (such as testosterone deficiency and high prolactin), impact of prescribed medications (such as anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants), age related, life-style related (for example, smoking, alcohol misuse), etc.
2. Psychological issues, for example, psychiatric conditions (such as depression, anxiety and substance misuse), psychological problems (such as stress, anxiety, low sexual self-esteem and confidence, performance anxiety, fear of failure, life events, previous traumatic sexual experiences), etc.
3. Relationship & social issues, for example, couples relationship and marital problems & previous relationship issues, cultural & religious matters, educational matters, etc.
When you see your GP or, for example, a consultant urologist or gynaecologist for your sexual problem, they may approach your difficulty only from a medical perspective which may 'medicalise' your problem. Or, if you go to a sex therapist, they may not necessarily factor the important medical aspects of sexual wellbeing and 'psychologicalise' your problem. At the Sexual Wellbeing Clinic, we approach sexual and relationship problems 'integratively'. This means we take into account your medical condition, factor the social (e.g. cultural, religious, educational, etc.) aspects of your sexual wellbeing, and, finally, work therapeutically with your psychosexual and relationship issues.
Please note that if we start working together and, in due course, we feel you may benefit from the experiences and expertise of my knowledgable and highly-skilled medical or talking-therapy colleagues, we will refer you to them who can help you better with your problems.
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