Sexual Dysfunction

“Healthy intimate contact between two people comes when a person shares his or her reality with the other, and the other comprehends it without judgement or trying to change it” Pia Mellody

Sexual dysfunction can be described as any physical or psychological problem that prevents you or your partner from sexual satisfaction. Our sexual responses are made up of our physiology, emotions, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and relationships. When any of these are disrupted, it can affect our sexual desire, arousal or satisfaction.

Persistent, recurrent sexual problems can distress and strain our sense of self and our relationships. It can happen to both men and women at any stage of life, for various different reasons.

Both men and women have shared feeling they are embarrassed, ashamed, humiliated, “not good enough” from experiencing sexual dysfunction.

For men, sexual problems can present as:
  • Erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting/keeping erection)
  • Premature ejaculation (reaching orgasm too quickly)
  • Delayed or inhibited ejaculation (reaching orgasm too slowly/not at all)
  • Low libido ( reduced interest or desire in sex)

Possible psychological causes for men:  
  • Worry about sexual performance
  • Relationship conflict/poor communication
  • Depression/anxiety/low self esteem/confidence
  • Past Trauma
  • Medication
  • Work related stress
For women, sexual problems can present as:
  • Sexual arousal disorder (Unable to become aroused/maintain arousal)
  • Sexual pain disorder (pain associated with stimulation/penetration)
  • Orgasmic disorder (difficulty achieving orgasm)
  • Low sexual desire (lack of interest)

Possible psychological causes for women:
  • History of sexual abuse
  • Traumatic pregnancy & birthing experience
  • Hormonal (menopause/pregnancy)
  • Major illness
  • Medication
  • Relationship issues & stress

At Misneach Counselling I can work with you to:

Gain greater understanding, awareness and insight of the psychological issues impacting your sexual dysfunction

Improve your communication & boundaries for greater sexual experiences

Become more aware of your mind, body connection

Learn about the impact of aging, trauma, illnesses and pregnancy on your sex life

Develop more intimacy, affection, trust and safety in your relationships


*Always consult your GP for medical advice for physical symptoms of sexual dysfunction.

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