Sexual Wellness Clinic opens at Spire Southampton Hospital

According to the Sexual Advice Association around 43% of women and 31% of men suffer from some type of sexual problem. Typically each of us will struggle with intimacy at some point in our lives. So, if you have sexual or intimacy issues, you are not alone.

Sexual issues often exist as a combination of unconscious beliefs and physical symptoms (eg, erectile problems, difficulties with orgasm or vaginal pain). In our Sexual Wellness Clinic we work with both mind and body through Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy to offer a fast, effective treatment for sexual and intimacy problems.

Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy uses understandings from the latest findings in neuroscience and is a unique combination of techniques from talk therapy and osteopathic soft tissues techniques.

Why you might need it

Experiencing sexual issues can be crippling. It is easy to feel that living with a sexual problem is something shameful that can’t be talked about. It can make any of us withdraw from love, intimacy and connection. Most people feel embarrassed when speaking about such intimate problems, but it does not have to be that way.

Our team of professionals are specially trained to help you discuss your problems without embarrassment and to help you resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

  • Do you feel unable to enjoy sex?
  • Do you have difficulty experiencing orgasm or pleasure in sex?
  • Do you lack confidence in sex?
  • Does sex seem frightening for you?
  • Do you hold back from being in relationships?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable with your sexuality?
  • Do you experience pain during sex?
  • Is it difficult to maintain your erection?
  • Do you have problem making sex last long enough?
  • Do you feel there’s more to sex but aren’t sure what it is?

Traditional sex therapy looks at only the mental and emotional aspects of sexual issues, often leaving a significant part of the problem unaddressed. In our Sexual Wellness Clinic, we address the root of your intimacy problems at both the physical and emotional level using Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy.  This offers an efficient and effective way to reclaim both your sexual potential and your capacity to be in the loving relationship you are longing for.

Using Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy most issues can be resolved with between one and six 2-3 hour sessions.

Our team

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often delivering expertise in complex sub-specialities. A number of our consultants have international reputations for their expertise in their specialised field. 

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to work with, when you want. Our team will be with you every step of the way: from giving advice at your first consultation, through to offering on-going support after your treatment.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our hospitals' world-class facilities. If you don't have someone in mind, we can help you choose the best consultant for you. 


Before your treatment

Before any treatment you will be offered a free consultation session with a senior Psychosexual Somatics® Therapist.  This is a chance for you to let us know what you would like to get from the treatment and to share your history around the problems you’ve been suffering. The consultant will offer you feedback about your situation and together we will create a treatment plan, tailored to your needs.

Your consultant will discuss with you if they feel any further diagnostic tests are needed, if there are any other treatment pathways to consider or if you can be booked straight in for a treatment. Depending on your needs and issue, we will recommend the expert practitioner that we feel will be best suited to support you.

We're here to listen and help you every step of the way to get the best out of life.  

Preparing for treatment

We’ve tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible - from efficient check-in processes to the comfortable private hospital room for treatment.

Your consultant will give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your treatment. These may include home assignments or exercises to practice. In general, however, once you’ve booked into our Sexual Wellness Clinic, you can rest back in the knowledge that your treatment is already under way.

For more information on the Sexual Wellness clinic, our award winning food, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient and visitor information page.

We're here to help every step of the way.

The treatment

Your treatment through Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy may involve a combination of talk therapy and touch techniques drawn from osteopathy and myo-fascial release therapy. You will be supported in connecting with memories, emotions, sensations or unconscious beliefs that impede your capacity for intimacy. Bringing awareness to these blocks and releasing the corresponding contractions held in the body helps to overcome the underlying issues.

Treatment is gentle and always held in an emotionally safe space. All Psychosexual Somatics® Therapists are trained in working with trauma, as well as less intense memories and will support you to heal and integrate any blocks you have to allowing intimacy. 


Treatment is gentle, non-surgical and non-invasive. It is possible that you may experience some continued emotional release in the days after a session. In most cases this does not happen but if it does it is typically very gentle and healing.

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. In the week after each treatment session, we will make contact with you to check in to see how you’re doing and to ensure that treatment has been effective for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help.

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