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.
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What is the process of couples counselling and how can we prepare best to get the most out of it?
The first meeting with a couple is an assessment to get a map of all the factors that contribute to the strengths and difficulties in the relationship.
Some areas to be explored at the beginning could include questions about the following:
- Current medication and significant health issues, whether current or in the past
- How the couple would describe the issues that bring them to therapy
- What relationships were like with parents and other significant family members
- What were some major family events, such as divorce/death/illnesses
- What was their experience of school - how successful were they academically/sporting-wise, was there any bullying, etc?
- The current picture; such as work, friendships, financial pressures, and any other significant issues, e.g. ageing relatives.
Sometimes people find it helpful for the therapist to meet each individual separately before a joint session, but it is up to the couple to decide this.
Sessions can be 50 mins or 90 minutes, depending on what best suits the needs of the couple, and this is to be agreed at the beginning.
The usual pattern of attendance would be an initial 4-6 sessions on a weekly basis to gain momentum. After that it may be reduced to fortnightly, due to cost or time restraints. However, meeting much less than fortnightly tends to diminish efficiency.
Sometimes people are concerned about being able to communicate the issues, or to answer questions, and that is ok! Being able to say that you are stuck, confused or unsure are all helpful pieces of information and does not in any way prohibit you from benefiting from therapy.