Gaining control of your sexual and emotional health

 

Welcome

 

I am Richard Absalom an experienced psychotherapist, and founder of Bridge Therapy. I  offer psychosexual counselling for sexually compulsive behaviour , in a safe and supportive environment. I work with males, females and their partners, who feel that their sexual behaviour is out of control. 

I believe that every human being is an individual with unique personal needs and circumstances. This means that all of my work is tailored to the needs of the individual client or couple who approaches our practice. 

 

How therapy can help

The benefits of gaining a better understanding of your relationships, and how your personal history, experiences, behaviours  and relational needs, affect them can be profound.

I have helped many people to feel more fulfilled, and where necessary, make challenging choices, that  may have previously  been hard to imagine.

How does it feel?

 

I  believe that compulsive sexual addictions are a symptom. Sometimes a symptom of stress and anxiety or of depression or low self-esteem. For some the roots go back to childhood trauma. This means that however you choose to work with me, I will support you, not just in developing practical relapse prevention strategies, but also in overcoming the issues that have caused your addiction.Sexually compulsive behaviour can affect your personal, social and business life. I recognise it can be hard to admit, , and even harder to seek help.

 

Common feelings arising from your behaviour may include guilt and shame. At times you may feel able to deny or justify the compulsive nature of your behaviour to yourself, but it continues to control you. People report that it has  a tremendous effect on happiness and well being.

 

Working towards Sexual Health

 

Its recognised that a healthy sexuality is born out of the following principles;

 

  • Honesty

  • Shared Values

  • Pleasure

  • Consent

  • Safety

 

I use these principles to guide the work, and to help you establish a healthier relationship with sex.

 

Where do to go from here?

 

Recognition that you have a problem is a good start. The next step which is to talk about it may fill you with more anxiety. Feeling reluctant to discuss a deeply personal problem with a stranger is understandable. With the right support and many years of working in this particular area of psychotherapy, I can help you overcome these initial feelings of anxiety.

 

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).