Questions about Relationship Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy.

 

How many sex therapy sessions will we need?

A hard one to answer, but most couples resolve their sexual problems within 12-20 sessions. We will continually discuss your progress, the aims of the therapy from the start and your journey towards your goals. 

What actually happens and what if we're not quite sure what we need?

In the room we will talk, discuss feedback, explore new thinking and ideas. Progressive exercises will be set for you to do at home. There will probably be times where we look at useful factual information or other appropriate resources.  There may be times when a visit to your GP or other services are discussed and, with certain issues, a multi-disciplinary  approach can be most effective.

At times it may be useful and necessary to pause and reflect on possible, or unexpected issues, as and when they arise. This is a very normal way to work and means that clients feel enabled to raise concerns and gain a sense of control over the shape of our work. 

After contacting me, we may exchange some email information, or be able to set up a meeting fairly quickly depending on availability and circumstances. Psychosexual Therapy is most affective long term when both partners attend, however if it seems appropriate for one partner to start this is not a problem and might be a positive way to begin.  

It is common that couples ask for, or I suggest, a few counselling sessions before Sex Therapy starts. This enables you to discuss relational issues that might go on to hamper your progress through Sex Therapy at a later time. It is also very common to offer each of you an individual session near the start of our therapy. This can be useful, thought provoking and offer some personal space for reflection and future direction. 

What about counselling? How many sessions might an individual or couple need?

This becomes part of the discussion, but after 6 sessions most clients have a clearer perspective on what is needed. 

As a rule of thumb, problems that arise over time need to be unravelled before they can be resolved. The amount of commitment you are able to make towards the work, including simply thinking about things between sessions and possibly doing a few 'homework' tasks, will move your counselling forward. 

How long is a session, what do you charge and how do we pay?

After contact, an initial meeting will be set up. 

Ongoing sessions for individuals cost £60.     Couples pay £60-£75 before 6pm.

After 6pm and on Saturdays;  Couples pay £75 per session whether one or both attend.

I am occasionally able to offer lower cost sessions during the day. Please ask. 

Payment can be made by cash or on-line via BACS. Please add your first name/s and the date of the session to on-line payments. Bank details will be given once a session time has been confirmed. 

Payment is requested on the day of your session, or within 48 hours. 

What if we are unsure we want to stay together? What is the best way to help our children?

Sometimes there are deep uncertainties about the future of relationships. Of course it is your decision whether you stay together or separate, but it is always worth considering the reasons for the breakdown. In these situations I see my role as enabling each individual to become clear about their thoughts, supporting both to find a way forward that is least disruptive or distressing.

For couples experiencing separation, issues about children are often a concern. As a qualified and experienced trainer at Relate, I deliver courses and workshops to groups of separated parents tackling many different challenges. This is often short-term, focused work with sessions scheduled as needed. 

Relevant other services, such as Mediation may be discussed. 

 

Please do contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or simply want to clarify something. 

 

 

North London

T: 07909 910 624

E: karen@karenaramtherapy.co.uk