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Psychosexual Counselling Service

A survey of people aged between 16 - 44 years found that 35% of men and 54% of women reported a sexual problem lasting one month or more in the last year.*

*BMJ, volume 327, statistics 2003.

Background

It is quite understandable that as we go through life we may have periods where our sex lives may change or be influenced by other issues such as the arrival of a new baby, stress at work or bereavement. At other times, difficulties may be experienced and these may be associated with a change in someone's physical or emotional health, or after a particular medical treatment.

At London Bridge Urology, we recognise how important sexual functioning may be to our patients and how difficulties in this area can have a huge impact on an individual's or couple's life.

Sexual difficulties encompass a huge range of different problems from erectile difficulties, ejaculation problems, dyspareunia (painful sex) and desire disorders (low sex drive) to name just a few. These difficulties can not only affect the individual experiencing the problem, but they can also have a detrimental effect on the relationship, and may even at times contribute to the relationship ending.

Our service

We provide a Psychosexual Counselling Service to all our patients and their partners. Our Psychosexual Nurse Therapist, Emma Waring, offers sexual counselling to individuals or couples experiencing sexual difficulties and/or relationship problems.

We recognise that talking about sexual problems can be daunting for many people and so our service is designed to support patients and their partners to address sexual and relationship concerns in a sensitive, professional manner.

Please be reassured that all referrals and consultations are in strict confidence.

All London Bridge Hospital patients and their partners are eligible for four complimentary counselling sessions.

If you are interested in being seen, please request a referral from your Consultant or specialist nurse. They will be only too happy to refer you to this service.

Emma Waring

Emma Waring qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1992 as a registered general nurse and went on to specialise in cardiac nursing. In 2001 she obtained a degree in critical care nursing from Kings College and moved into a specialist nurse role at Guys and St Thomas’ setting up a clinic to specifically treat erectile dysfunction in cardiac patients. This was done in collaboration with Dr Graham Jackson, Consultant Cardiologist and because of the unique nature of the clinic they have presented their work nationally and internationally.

In 2004 Emma obtained a post graduate diploma in psychosexual therapy at the University of Central Lancashire and in addition to her nursing role she began working as a sex and relationship therapist at Guy’s hospital in the Sex and Relationship clinic.

Emma’s unique role was recognised when she won the Nursing Times rising star award in 2004.

In October 2011 Emma joined the London Bridge Hospital as a psychosexual nurse therapist and has set up a psychosexual therapy service for patients/couples experiencing sexual difficulties and/or relationship problems.

 


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