Clinic: East Tower, Suite 601, Level 6 / 9-13 Bronte Road Bondi Junction

Sexual Dysfunction


I often see clients that have received treatment up to 25 years ago and due to either negative experiences or little or no improvement, have not progressed any further. It is important to note that treatment for a vast range of conditions have improved over the years as well as research in many areas of sexual health which has contributed to a greater knowledge base and more effective treatment today.

Sexual dysfunction can be categorised as:

'primary sexual dysfunction' - a sexual dysfunction that has always existed i.e. lifelong;

'secondary sexual dysfunction' - a sexual dysfunction that occurs after a period of time of normal sexual functioning;

'situational sexual dysfunction' - a sexual dysfunction that occurs only in specific situations;

'global sexual dysfunction' - a sexual dysfunction that occurs in every sexual situation.

In therapy we will investigate and work with psychological factors that can contribute or interfere with sexual functioning. These can include anxiety, performance anxiety, ongoing stress, depression, fear of infidelity, fear of intimacy, relationship conflict, feelings of sexual inadequacy, guilt and shame. Even the messages around sex whilst growing up can have a lasting impact on individuals. We also investigate and work with other strong emotions that may be impacting an individual in being able to feel comfortable in being sexual or enjoying sex.

Sexual concerns can cause concern, distress and worry in individuals, current relationships or in forming new relationships as self-confidence and self-esteem are often affected.

All cases are unique. We will put together a plan based on your case history, symptoms, concerns as an individual. You will be given specific exercises and tasks to do at home - this will complement our work and potentially allow you to experience positive results sooner.

After individual consultation, it may be appropriate to welcome partners to sessions. Partners are encouraged to be a part of your counselling process, as their participation can be beneficial to both the therapy process and your relationship. It is quite common for partners to not be able or willing to attend. In this situation, I will adjust your therapy to suit.

Below is a list of some concerns that I work with, please click here for a more comprehensive list:

  • Painful sex
  • Fear/ phobia of painful sex
  • Sexual aversion
  • Sexual anorexia
  • Guilt, shame and other strong emotions
  • Sex and ageing
  • Porn addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • Substance addiction contributing to dysfunction
  • Unresolved trauma
  • Adult survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Orgasm and related issues
  • Vaginismus
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Post prostatectomy surgery
  • Low desire / low libido
  • Mismatched libido
  • Body image / genital image
  • Performance anxiety
  • Sexual anxiety
  • Premature ejaculation (PE)
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Delayed/ inhibited ejaculation (DE)

Beyond my specialist areas, I have broad experience as a counsellor, therapist and hypnotherapist. If your concern does not appear on this site, please contact me to discuss if it is something I can help you with.

If you are interested in hypnotherapy and nlp as part of the therapy process, please visit my practice website for more detailed information: lucidmind.com.au

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