Psychosexual Therapy

Many people experience difficulties in their sex lives at at some point. Some of these resolve on their own, whilst others require specialist help and support.

Sexual difficulty may be related to:

  • Physical or medical conditions
  • Social issues or emotional and relationship circumstances

Often, it is a combination of factors that contribute to sexual difficulties. For some people the difficulties may have been present throughout their life, for others they may be a recent development.

How can we help?

SHARE (Sexual Help and Relationship Enhancement) is a specialist psychosexual therapy service at Brook Blackburn that works with individuals and couples to address problems with sexual functioning and relationship issues, as well as any concerns people have regarding their gender and/or sexuality.

The service is open, sensitive and non-judgemental.

The sort of things we can support with include (but are not limited to):

  • Addictive and compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Arousal, lack of arousal or changes in your sex drive that feel unusual or concerning
  • Body image issues, including concerns about your genitals
  • Erection problems
  • Premature (early) ejaculation and/or delayed ejaculation
  • Worries about your gender identity, sexuality and/or sexual orientation
  • Severe pelvic pain and problems with vaginal penetration
  • Trouble having orgasms
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual fantasies or urges that cause you distress
  • Sexual abuse which is impacting on sexual function and/or sexual relationships
  • Substance abuse that is affecting your sex life

Please note: we do not offer a forensic sexology service and, therefore, do not provide therapy to sexual offenders for offending behaviours.

The SHARE Team

All of the SHARE team have all completed, as a minimum, a PG Dip in Psychosexual Therapy and associated specialist courses that are recognised by The College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), and abide by the COSRT code of ethics.

Accessing the service

Residents of Blackburn with Darwen aged 16+ can self-refer to the service for and initial eight sessions of counselling (more sessions may be available if needed). If appropriate, we may refer you on to other specialist services.

Appointments run on Wednesdays, and are offered face-to-face at Brook Blackburn as well as online. Commitment to the sessions and the service is essential from the outset and clients who fail to attend their appointments will be discharged.

To find out more and refer yourself to this service, please email us on You can also call us on 01254 268700, however, we ask that you email in the first instance and in general recommend that you email rather than calling as emails will be dealt with more quickly.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a GP referral to access the service. However, we encourage you to speak with your GP or give permission for SHARE to liaise directly with your GP going forward to make sure you have ongoing help and support.

I'm a professional looking to refer a client to SHARE

Referrals are accepted from GPs, healthcare practitioners, mental health services, social care and a variety of other agencies. To find out how to refer someone to our service, please email us on