Who is PST suitable for?
Psychosexual Somatics® works at a deep level with material that has been suppressed into the unconscious and stored in the body. Integration of this material can be life-changing and significant for the bodymind to process. Suitability should be considered on an individual basis. It best suits people who are committed to a deep change and who are resourced for that process. Find out if it's for you here.
This therapy is for you if you're female, familiar with personal development and take responsibility for yourself and your life.
Psychosexual Somatics ® Therapy (PST) is particularly suitable for people who are looking to understand themselves at a deeper level, increase in consciousness and resolve sex and intimacy issues.
It's great if you're in a reasonable state of health, functioning sufficiently to hold down employment or study and to maintain at least a couple of close relationships.
It's great if life is generally working and you're open to improvement in relational areas, perhaps finding aspects of your intimate life a little overwhelming or absent and experiencing a desire for a more fulfilling and enjoyable sex life.
And for Men?
I work with female-bodied persons for PST, regardless of sexual orientation or personal gender identity. This is in order that I can hold a therapeutic space where I feel qualified and confident. If you are male-bodied, especially with a sense of gender fluidity, and seeking support, please feel free to enquire. This is a safe space to explore being fully yourself and what you really need for a fulfilling life. Members of a couple wishing to proceed together would be eligible and be seen individually after an initial joint consultation. Referrals can be made to other suitable PST practioners if there is not a fit with me for your personal circumstances and therapeutic needs.
As Psychosexual Somatics ® is relational it’s also critical that both client and therapist feel safe and comfortable to work together, with neither too strong a positive or negative attraction between them. We will sense for this during the sexual history assessment.
In you're experiencing active addictions, medicating for depression, pregnant or with a psychiatric diagnosis, PST is not right for you at this time.
Psychosexual Somatics ® is not suitable for people who are experiencing high levels of numbing from their body or feelings, with a poor sense of self, with current addictive behaviours, psychiatric diagnoses (including anorexia), highly medicated or with long-term depression, pregnant, with high blood pressure, heart disease, infectious disease, in an unsafe living environment or homeless, who have just had recent surgery or who are not resourced and supported outside the therapeutic space to deal with the changes they will undergo. If you fall into this category please be aware that other modalities will be more gentle and supportive for your system at this time.
If you are pregnant, congratulations! We can happily proceed with therapy at a time when your body is not carrying the additional requirements of growing a child.
The recommended minimum age for this therapy is 25 years old. There is no maximum.
What if I'm coming for IFS Therapy?
I'm not a Therapist, under the Internal Family Systems Institute, I'm training to become a Certified IFS Practitioner. IFS sessions are open to everyone and can work for those people who are less resourced, newer to therapy, or pregnant.