Simon Halford BSc MSc Dip Psychotherapy
Dip Psychosexual therapy
Couples Therapy, Psychosexual / Sex Therapy in Central London, Southampton, and Portsmouth
I am an experienced Psychotherapist, specialising in the treatment of sexual and relationship issues using a range of approaches to meet the individual or couple's needs. I offer couples therapy, psychosexual and sex therapy in Central London Portsmouth and Southampton.
I practice couples therapy and counselling at 96 Harley Street Central London and sex and psychosexual therapy in Fareham, near to Portsmouth and Southampton.
Therapy is strictly confidential, and includes psychodynamic, person centred and cognitive behavioural approaches.
I have worked in the NHS and privately for more than 20 Years and am accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) .
Typically you would have an initial assessment where mutual suitability can be established, the issue or issues you would like to work on can be discussed, as well as the frequency and number of sessions you might need. Any queries or questions you might have can also be addressed at this time.
Through counselling and therapy I aim to provide a safe environment and practical solutions for exploring and addressing sensitive sexual and relational problems for individuals and couples.
The issues I treat include erectile dysfunction, pain during intercourse, loss of libido (sexual desire), sexual addictions including Internet pornography addictions, relationship difficulties and the impact of serious illnesses including cancer, strokes and cardiovascular issues on sexual function and relationships.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone on 07984 830449. Please leave a message stating your name and number if I am not available to answer, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Be assured that all messages are dealt with in a sensitive and strictly confidential manner. I am able to offer couples therapy and counselling, sex therapy and psychosexual therapy in Central London, and Fareham, near to Portsmouth and Southampton.
Current News - Febuary 2017
The whole process of having a family can have a variety of effects on a couples relationship and their sex life.
Trying to get pregnant can often skew the sexual relationship. Sometimes the women will try and ensure sex happens at her most fertile phase in a way that sends the male a message that sex is for having a baby not because they love each other. Ideally, it should seem like both to each of them. When sex becomes just about conception then the quality of experience and performance often declines. In my counselling in central London I often find myself helping couples in how they manage this process more skilfully.
Pregnancy often affects the quality and nature of sex. During pregnancy the female hormones change dramatically and this in turn can have a profound effect on libido. So libido can go up or down at various stages of pregnancy. In addition issues such as morning sickness in the first trimester and physical discomfort during the later stages of pregnancy can have a profound effect on appetite for sex. Equally fear of doing some damage to the pregnancy can often effect a man’s attitude towards making love.
Birth is often a wonderful experience, but the process often leads to both partners views toward the women’s body changing, and this in turn can have an impact on sex. In my psychosexual work in Portsmouth I often run small groups for couples who are recovering from the impact of pregnancy and birth on their relationships and sex lives.
The bringing up of children can have a profound effect on a couples relationship and sex lives.
I will talk more about this in my next article. However, a couple of areas that often have an effect are the young infant sleeping in the same room or even in the same bed. This often leaves both parents preoccupied about disturbing the baby or being overheard. Equally, breast feeding can change both partners feelings about the female body often in positive ways, but it can often impact upon sexual behaviour.