Sex. Just because some people shy away from the topic, doesn’t mean you should. The more open you are about sex, the healthier the relationship you can have with it and the better it can be. Our specialists have experience providing treatment for a range of difficulties, from erectile dysfunction to pain disorders. We are committed to creating a comfortable, caring environment where you and your partner will feel open to discuss your personal concerns, needs and goals.
Sexual problems are defined as difficulty during any stage (desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) of the sexual act, which prevents the individual or couple from being able to experience pleasure during sexual activity. The causes of sexual difficulties can be physical, psychological, or both.
Sexual difficulties may begin early in a one’s life, or they can develop after an individual has previously experienced enjoyable and satisfying sex. A problem may form gradually over time, or may occur suddenly and results in preventing the individual to participate in some or all forms of sexual activity.
Physical factors that can contribute to sexual problems include:
Emotional factors affecting sex include both interpersonal problems and psychological problems within the individual. Interpersonal problems include relationship difficulties, differences in expectations, lack of trust and open communication between partners. Personal psychological problems include depression and anxiety, sexual fears or guilt, or past sexual trauma.
As sex can be a very important part of a relationship, if you or your partner are experiencing difficulties – the causes can be identified and treated by a practitioner at VCPS in a caring and non judgemental manner. They can provide a place where you can discuss the concerns individually, or work together as a couple to build back up your sexual connection and intimacy, which will lead to a better relationship overall.
Some of the ways that a psychologist can assist you and your partner include: