Clinical Sexology – Eastern Health

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306 Waterford Bridge Rd
St. John’s, NL A1E 4J8

Tel:
(709) 777-3786
Website: http://www.easternhealth.ca/WebInWeb.aspx?d=3&id=1642&p=1639

Mandate:

To assess and treat a variety of sexual issues and concerns of individuals and couples.

Target population:

Individuals and couples with sexual issues and concerns which have impacted their relationship(s) and overall quality of life.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • Sexology is the scientific study of human sexuality, including behaviors, interests, and function. The field of sexology draws upon many disciplines, such as biology, psychology, sociology, and medicine.
  • Clinical sexologists are trained mental health professionals that specialize in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual health issues and concerns of individuals and couples. They may work in a hospital, community outpatient clinic, or in private practice and use therapeutic skills to educate and counsel you about sexual concerns. These concerns include:
    • Sex education and skill building
    • Desire discrepancies
    • Sexual orientation concerns
    • Gender identity and transitioning
    • Erectile difficulties
    • Anorgasmia
    • Rapid ejaculation
    • Sexual aversion to touch, intimacy, sexual activity
    • Sexual pain disorders
    • Atypical sexual variances/paraphilias
  • The first step includes an assessment which includes an interview to gain an understanding of the issue. When applicable, your partner may be asked to join the sessions. After the problem is discussed, they will inquire about psychosexual history focusing on:
    • Early sexual experiences
    • Previous sources of information on sexuality
    • Past and current sexual behavior/interests/fantasies
    • Level of sexual and relationship satisfaction
    • Sexual orientation and gender identity
    • Medical conditions and medications that may impact sexual functioning
  • They will then work with you to establish therapeutic goals and a treatment plan. This usually includes education about sexual health, anatomy, and sexual response, and the assignment of individual and/or couple exercises.
  • Assessment, treatment, consultation and educational services are provided on an outpatient basis at the Waterford Hospital, with priority given to clients of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.
  • Referrals can be made using the Mental Health and Addictions Services Referral Form.