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 Fareham (Mon-Wed) and Central London (Thurs-Fri).
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. The cost of each session ranges from £60 to £150 depending on location; concessions are available.
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 - October 2018
Some people may have concerns about entering into psychosexual therapy and this can result in a considerable delay in getting help when it is needed. This is unfortunate, as problems can become more entrenched over time. It would therefore be preferable to seek support sooner rather than later.
Below are some common questions that people often have about psychosexual therapy, and the answers that may serve to alleviate your concerns.
1. What if I’m uncomfortable or too embarrassed to talk about sex?
People are often embarrassed to talk about sex, and worried about what happens in the sessions. It’s worth bearing in mind that the therapist is usually extremely experienced and used to talking about sexual issues. They are very skilled at putting your mind at rest and asking structured questions that are relatively easy to answer.
2. Is there any nudity involved in the sessions?
Absolutely not. It is part of the ethics of COSRT that there is no physical contact with clients, except perhaps shaking hands to greet each other.
3. Do I have to be in a relationship to go to psychosexual therapy?
If you are in a relationship, any sexual issues you have are best solved by working together as a couple. However, if you are on your own and not at peace with yourself sexually then therapy can help a lot.
4. What kinds of problems do you treat?
A psychosexual therapist will treat anything and everything that contributes to sex not being as enjoyable or rewarding as you would like it to be. This can range from relational issues through to the impact of medicines, illnesses, problems with sexual function, etc. For more information about common issues, go to: men's issues, women's issues and couple's issues.
5. Are our problems bad enough to get help?
Many people ask this, and a related question may be “am I too old?” or “should I accept the way things are?” The thing to remember is that severity is not important. If things are not working as well as you’d like, if things are disappointing or upsetting for either or both of you, or if things change, it is well worth coming to therapy. Some people come with milder issues but find that the outcome is very significant in their lives. In essence, no issue is too small.
6. Are you going to give us exercises to do?
It is very common to give people exercises or homework to do throughout the course of psychosexual therapy. They are often communication exercises or improving habits/resources in the relationship. Most often the real work of therapy is done outside of the sessions, when theory is put into real life practise.