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Psychosexual Therapy

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The video below explains how to connect to a SHARE video appointment:

SHARE during Covid 19

In SHARE Psychosexual Service we understand that if you are experiencing difficulties with relationships and sex these may be even more difficult to manage at this time. This could be because you are unable to get close to your partner, or because you are unable to find space away from them.

If you are experiencing domestic violence please see our leaflet section for further information and support.

We are here to support you during this time. We have not stopped accepting referrals into the service and we are working through our waiting lists as efficiently as possible. In order to keep you safe and comply with the Government guidelines on social distancing all appointments are currently over video link or over the telephone.
In order to attend appointments over video link it is important that you have:

  • Access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone device with a built in camera. It will also require built in speakers and microphone, or alternatively you can use it in addition to a compatible headset/earphones with microphone.
  • Access to a good internet connection/Wi-Fi.
  • Access to a quiet, private, and well-lit room.
  • Skills required for using the device for the consultation.
  • No hearing or visual difficulties

For telephone appointments it is important that you have:

  • Access to a quiet, private room
  • No hearing difficulties
  • A decent loudspeaker function for couple therapy

For either video link or telephone appointments please consider how you can make the sessions as authentic as possible. For example appropriate attire and location in the home.

We appreciate that for some service users video link or telephone therapy will not be possible or not be suitable. In these cases we are suspending their episode of therapy until we can resume face to face sessions.

SHARE (Sexual Help And Relationship Enhancement) mission statement

We believe that:

  • Intimate relationships play a vital role in sustaining stability of family life in its many modern day forms
  • Healthy sexual life is important to self-esteem and well-being

We aim:

To promote and develop positive psychological sexual health, effective physical sexual function and reproductive ability within the context of the individual and / or the relationship whilst respecting and acknowledging all individual’s sense of self within the relationship and the dynamic of their unique system.

To use a holistic approach to increase understanding, knowledge, and well-being including education to develop skills that encourage positive choice whilst respecting at all times the client’s ownership of the therapeutic process and core beliefs that underpin the individual.

To work in an inclusive and non-judgemental way for individuals and couples irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability.

To maintain ethical standards and credibility to inform and protect the public.

To act in a professional, knowledgeable, and expert way by setting high standards of professional practice.

 

SHARE Team

The SHARE team consists of a number of therapists and dedicated administration team. All of the therapists have completed a postgraduate course in the assessment and treatment of sex and relationship problems.  This is recognised by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). We therefore abide by the COSRT code of ethics. Please use the link below for further information.

www.cosrt.org.uk

 

SHARE what to expect at your appointments

You will be introduced to a member of the team who will become your therapist. Your therapist understands how difficult it can be to discuss a sexual problem and will help and encourage you to feel comfortable to talk about your problems and express your feelings.

You will work with your therapist to identify the problem(s) and develop a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. The sexual problem may have a physical or psychological cause, or a combination of both. It would be helpful if you could bring with you a list of any medications that you are taking. Confidentiality is assured and will be explained and discussed at your first appointment. If appropriate, and only with your permission, your therapist may consult with other appropriate professionals to help resolve your difficulties.

Sessions are held at a variety of sites to enable more convenient access to the service. However please note that not all venues are fully accessible and/or have facilities for anyone with a disability or impairment. If you have any special requirements e.g. wheelchair access, mobility, hearing, sight, fear of lifts or to discuss any potential difficulties in absolute confidence, please contact the service directly. We are very sensitive to our client’s anxieties and worries and our aim is that you feel comfortable, supported and safe at all times whilst you are in our care.