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Psychosexual Therapy Service

Psychosexual Therapy Referral (GP Referral Only)

The Psychosexual Therapy Service offers brief psychological-based sex therapy interventions to help address sexual problems experienced by individuals and couples over 16 years of age. The Psychosexual Therapy Service is accessible by GP referral only.

The short-term model of therapy we offer is delivered by a team of Psychosexual Therapists accredited with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists. We are commissioned to provide a maximum of 6 sessions of therapy following an initial assessment. Our service is inclusive, and we recognise and work with gender, sexual and relationship diversity.

We can accept referrals for:

  • Loss of sexual interest or desire (Loss of Libido)
  • Erection problems 
  • Premature and delayed ejaculation
  • Dyspareunia and Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Orgasm problems

We are unable to help with:

Referral checklist

Before referring to our service, please check to ensure

  • Your patient is aware of and consents to a Psychosexual Therapy Service referral
  • Your patient is registered with a GP in Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, or the Isle of Wight
  • Your patient is over 16 years of age
  • Your patient is aware that if they are currently engaged in psychological therapy and or counselling, starting another therapy is not usually recommended
  • Your patient is ready and able to commit to a course of therapy lasting several months
  • Your patient has undergone the recommended tests/investigation/ examinations prior to referral and details are included with your referral
  • Your patient has experienced this problem for at least 6 months, it occurs 75-100% of the time and causes significant distress
  • Please confirm, in your medical opinion, that any differential diagnosis has been considered and excluded
  • Your patient is psychologically stable and any underlying mental health issues have been diagnosed and appropriately treated and managed prior to referral
  • Your patient is not dependant on drugs or alcohol
  • Your patient is aware that our service does not provide trauma related therapy and if they have experienced recent or historical trauma including rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, or abuse, please consider if a referral to a specialist service would be more appropriate in the first instance
  • Your patient’s issue is not related to sexual and or porn addiction or sexual offending
  • Your patient’s presenting issue is not primarily related to sexual orientation or gender identity

As a psychological based service, it is essential that all physical causes of sexual problems have been excluded prior to starting psychological therapy (even when a psychosexual issue is suspected). It is important the following investigations and or tests are undertaken prior to referral and that detailed results are included at the time of referral.

Men

 Women

  • Genital examination
  • Thyroid function
  • Fasting plasma glucose
  • HbA1c
  • Serum prolactin
  • FSH
  • LH
  • Testosterone
  • Gynaecological causes
  • Sexual Health Screening if appropriate

How to refer

Please complete this Online Referral Form.

*If you are referring a couple, please refer only the person with the presenting complaint.

Please note that referrals to any other sexual health email account or postal referrals may not be actioned in a timely manner.

 

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