Irwin, R and Pullen, C (2017) 'Brief psychosexual therapy: reflections on the provision of a time-limited therapy service in a sexual health clinic.' Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 32 (2). pp. 131-145. ISSN 1468-1994

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Time-limited psychological therapy is increasingly the norm in publically funded healthcare systems. Although brevity of treatment is a characteristic of modern sex therapy, many practitioners would nevertheless consider the provision of effective psychosexual therapy in six or fewer sessions to be a daunting prospect. In this paper we reflect on the challenges, opportunities, and changes to practice associated with the development and delivery of a brief psychosexual therapy service within a specialist sexual health clinic in England. We endeavour to integrate our experiential learning with relevant research findings and principles from the fields of psychosexual therapy and brief psychological therapy. We also explore some of the broader issues associated with the development and provision of brief psychosexual therapy, including the possible implications for the education and training of psychosexual therapists.

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Article published online on 7 October 2016 ahead of its inclusion in a specific issue.

Keywords: brief therapy; psychosexual counselling; person-centred; sexual problems
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:25
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