How does it work?

Once you have been referred by your Doctor, you will be contacted to be offered an appointment for psychosexual assessment with the therapist. This is a session where you and the therapist can both decide whether psychosexual therapy could be helpful for you. Usually the therapist will ask you questions about your personal, family, medical and sexual history in order to establish a clearer picture of the presenting problem. If both you and the therapist agree that you could benefit from attending follow up sessions, then you will be offered six sessions and discuss how frequently you would like to attend.

You will be allocated the first available therapist in order to minimise your waiting time. The psychosexual team consists of qualified therapists who are specialising in psychosexual therapy and trainee Psychosexual Therapists who are closely supervised. The Lead Psychosexual Therapist is Remziye Kunelaki.

We encourage you to bring your partner to your therapy sessions. It is usually a predictor for a successful outcome.

What about confidentiality?

The sessions would be treated according to the confidentiality Code of Practice of the NHS (www.dh.gov.uk) and the Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice of the College for Sexual and Relationship Therapists. You will have a chance to clarify further issues around confidentiality on your first session with your therapist.

How long do the sessions last?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. If you’re late we’ll still finish at the same time so that the next appointment is not affected.

How can I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

We’re sorry but due to the huge demand, the service has a really strict cancellation policy. We need at least 48 hours (2 working days) notice. If you cancel or miss more than one appointment, we may discharge you from the service.

If you cannot attend your appointment please let us know as soon as possible by calling 020 3315 9509 or emailing 56deanstreet@chelwest.nhs.uk.

Download our Cancellation Policy for Psychosexual Therapy for patients

What if I need further sessions?

Once your course of therapy at 56 Dean Street is completed the therapist will discuss your progress and offer you a review session to consider whether you will benefit from ongoing long term therapy.

Although we can’t offer ongoing therapy we can help you find someone who can,

To find a private provider able to offer open ended therapy

For low cost general counselling organisations

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