Psychosexual therapy incorporates different philosophies and principles of Integrative Therapy while remaining rooted in Humanistic values. This approach explores a non-pathological and non-oppressive model of sexuality and integrates trans-cultural issues, sexual diversities as well as gender-specific concerns, and aims to work with the client to improve their overall environment. This form of therapy aims to help a client’s family and intimate relationships, helping them sift through cultural influences that impact their relationships and sexuality. In psychosexual work, the presenting issue may be a specific sexual or relationship difficulty which the therapist will attend to and address the way in which this difficulty affects the client’s concept of sexuality and relationships (or absence of these) in their lives.
The primary intention of sexual and relationship therapy is to enable clients to attain a more realistic sense of what can be achieved and to acquire a deeper level of understanding about themselves and their relationships.
I believe that sexual expressions are creative, celebratory and at times spiritual, and therefore support a definition of sexuality beyond psychopathologies.
Sexual & Gender
As individuals, our ideas about physical intimacy and what is considered normality in the context of relationships is complex. When working with LGBTQ clients, I ensure that our therapeutic engagement is in line with their cultural and emotional contexts. In order to work across culture, race, religion and gender, I keep myself abreast with new research in the field.
I believe that relationships and physical experiences shape us throughout our lives, and I work with clients to help them uncover their unique needs and live a life most true to themselves.
I believe that “every individual has the potential to grow and make informed decisions to live their chosen life”. My model of psychotherapy is influenced by Gestalt, Object Relations theory, and Existential and Attachment theories, among others. I find the work of Schnarch, Hendrix, Bader-Pearson and Heidy Shleifer helpful for building a customized model for each partnership, sensitive to diverging sexual identities and embracing sexual diversity.
My work is transpersonal and I believe in relational transformation. I have a keen interest in understanding the impact of cultural sexual oppression; the inhibitions around talking about sexual difficulties; sexual and physical abuse and its impact on sexual identity and physical intimacy; fear of emotional intimacy; and infidelity and its impact on committed relationships. I have worked with countless women struggling with physical pain while desiring deeper physical intimacy and feeling flawed within themselves, and men chasing societal ideals of masculinity and feeling fixated on performance instead of recognising basic human needs. I hope to bring clients into a world where they feel sexually liberated and embrace their needs and desires.