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The Process of Sex Therapy

Kate McCabe, a relationship & psychosexual therapist provides Sex Therapy and Relationship Counselling/Marriage Counselling to individuals or couples dealing with intimacy/sexuality issues and relationship concerns.

Kate, based in Dublin's Albany Clinic is a friendly, qualified, and experienced Sex Therapist. If you want to know more about her qualifications or contact her directly, please click here.

She offers face to face counselling in both Dublin city centre and Castleknock, Dublin 15.  Please don't hesitate to contact us, if you want to make an appointment or require further information.


Who is Sex Therapy for?

Sex therapy might be useful for couples or individuals who have difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

How Does Sex Therapy Work?

A sex therapy consultation is similar to any other counselling session in that the sex therapist will discuss, talk and listen to you (and/or your partner). The main difference is that the sex therapist is also specifically qualified to treat/manage sexual concerns. The sex therapist will provide you with education material, information, tips, suggestions and some home work tasks. It is important to state that in a sex therapy session there is no touching or there are no sexual acts performed.

When providing sex therapy, the sex therapist tends to take a Solution-Focused Approach, which means we are most concerned with finding a solution to your problem and work through it together. The sex therapist or counsellor will be active, directive and goal oriented.

Additionally, the sex therapist or counsellor will selectively borrow techniques or strategies from other approaches or theories depending on your needs, which may involve Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Intergenerational, Problem-Focused, Narrative and Psychodynamic approaches.

Most sexual health concerns or relationship issues do not get better on their own. It requires some commitment from you and the sex therapist or counsellors will guide you through the process, will motivate you and most importantly the sex therapist is there for support. The sex therapist will also provide you with useful skills that you can implement and use in the absence of the sex therapist or counsellor and throughout your life.

In order for the sex therapy sessions to be most effective the sex therapist or counsellor will give you some behavioural tasks or home work exercises, which will be conducted in the privacy of your own home.

These tasks may consist of:

  • Specific behavioural tasks to work on your intimacy
  • Specific techniques to work on your sexuality concerns
  • Biofeedback
  • Anxiety reduction/relaxation techniques
  • Relationship specific tasks
  • Communication exercises

Please don't hesitate to contact us, if you want to make an appointment or require further information