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Psychology Services for Prostate Cancer Survivors & Partners

Research shows that Prostate Cancer survivors and their partners are more likely to express symptoms of clinical depression, relationship distress, infrequent communication about sex and greater sexual dissatisfaction than expected in the general population.

Whilst numerous studies show that sexual counselling can help alleviate such problems, few men (and couples) are ever asked by their doctors about sexual relationship issues.

Rarely are couples directed towards seeking sexual counselling of any kind.

When asked, many couples report being unaware of the potential benefits offered by couples counselling.

After treatment related erectile dysfunction occurs, many men stop initiating not just lovemaking, but many other forms of intimate contact (including kissing, hugging, cuddling and so on.) Some men consider initiating any type of sexual contact as physically futile and emotionally painful. This in turn was found to lead to declines in relationship intimacy.

Sexual communication between couples often will end. Partners frequently will struggle to discuss such matters and sometimes will feel guilt for wanting to try.

As a result, it is common for partners (as well as men) to experience feelings of rejection, anger, fear, resentment and even depression. unhappy_couple

The good news is that much can be done to help couples overcome such issues.

The psychological treatments and sexual programs we use have been widely tested and found to be effective in varying medical and clinical studies, around the world.

Issues that we treat include:

  • Coping with stress and anxiety: (This includes teaching you relaxation techniques as well as new ways to physically and mentally handle stress).
  • Depression both in men and women. This includes addressing feelings of sadness, hopelessness and/or anger.
  • Methods to remedy communication break-down.
  • Ways of reversing declines in levels of physical and emotional intimacy.

Sexual issues that we treat include:

  • Partner involvement in the recovery process, acceptance and treatment selection, and partner attitudes towards sex.
  • Ways of handling negative thoughts about sexuality.
  • Strategies for overcoming sexual performance anxiety.
  • Strategies for successfully incorporating erectile treatments (such as pills, vacuum devices and/or injections) into sexual practices.
  • Sexual re-skilling: Ways of making sex after prostate cancer enjoyable, intimate and fulfilling.
  • Sexual adjustment strategies in cases where additional health issues (including partner health factors) interfere with traditional sexual functioning.

To make an appointment:

To make an appointment or to speak directly to one of the MindFocus sexual health professionals about sex after prostate cancer, treatments for erectile problems or any other sexual or relationship matter:

Telephone Sydney: (02) 9262 9992 Monday to Friday during office hours or
E-mail: reception@lifeafterprostatecancer.com.au

Please note that a doctor's referral is not necessary in order to make an appointment.

 

 

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