Many of us experience difficulties in our sexual relationships at some time or other in our lives. Sometimes things get better without help, sometimes they actually get worse. If you are having difficulty coping with sexual problems, you may well get the help you need from this service.
We are here to help you
Relate psychosexual therapists are experienced relationship counsellors - men and women who are chosen for their ability to share people's problems sympathetically and who have had a further specialized training which enables them to help people overcome their sexual difficulties.
Sexual problems are difficult to talk about. Therapists know this and will quickly put you at your ease, helping you to talk about your sexual concerns. Everything you say will be treated in confidence. This means we will not give your name or any information about you to anyone outside Relate unless someone's personal safety is at risk.
How the service works
The meetings take place in the counselling rooms of your local Relate centre. The first time you meet the therapist, he or she will want to talk with you in detail about your sexual difficulties. This will enable the therapist to assess the problem and to recommend the best way forward. The therapist will always carefully discuss any recommendations with you. If therapy is advised the therapist will design a treatment programme especially for you and you will be asked to do certain simple specific tasks in your own home. You will never be asked to undertake any sexual tasks during sessions. The tasks will be directed towards resolving your particular sexual problems.
Therapy sessions are usually once a week or once a fortnight and you will normally see the same therapist each time.
What you can expect from Relate
When you telephone the Relate centre, it is important that you ask to see a sex therapist. We will offer you your first appointment as quickly as we can.
If at the end of this appointment it is agreed that Relate psychosexual therapy may be helpful, we will discuss at what times you can come on a regular basis, and when this might begin. You can usually come to see us during the day or in the evening. You may have to wait a little longer for regular evening appointments as this is when demand is usually greatest.