Working with a Couples Therapist to Resolve Vaginismus and Redefine Intimacy Together

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The role of a relationship therapist in helping the couple resolve vaginismus together requires someone with knowledgeable insight, awareness, and experience in contemporary psychosexual teachings, sexual dysfunction, vaginismus, and couple’s therapy. The therapist plays a vital role for the couple seeking to understand and overcome the condition “The therapist can model an empathic, nurturing, sex-positive […]

MEDIA: Losing my libido: Is my mental health affecting my sex drive?

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In this week’s The Irish Examiner, I spoke with journalist, writer and editor Geraldine Walsh about how mental health can have a direct impact on sex drive and libido. Mental health conditions and their treatments can have serious ramifications in the bedroom. The experts weigh in on what can be done to address a waning […]

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Dilator For Dilator Training


Dilator training is an effective integrative therapeutic treatment for vaginismus, vaginal pain or tightness, female penetration disorders and GPPPD. Sexual wellbeing products such as dilators, vaginal trainers, kegel trainers and pelvic floor trainers continue to improve with technology and innovation. Thankfully, the traditional dilator has also evolved into a product women can feel more comfortable […]

The Impact of Vaginismus on the Woman, Her Partner, and the Couple

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Vaginismus is a female sexual dysfunction and penetration disorder caused by the involuntary contraction of the vaginal muscles. This unconscious muscle reflex causes the vagina to tighten and prevent any form of penetration, examination, or sexual intercourse. These defensive muscular contractions in the vaginal wall can be psychologically triggered, usually in response to the anticipation […]

Embracing a Holistic and Integrative Path for Resolving Vaginismus


Vaginismus and GPPPD impacts women, her partner and the couple’s relationship in many different ways. Embracing a holistic and integrative path for resolving vaginismus with the support of an experienced therapist will give you the confidence to respect and accept your body as it is right now and move forward with a positive perspective.               […]

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Sexual Abuse

Hazel Larkin is an expert in trauma, abuse and sexuality. She designed, and facilitates, retreats focused on helping women to reclaim their sexuality after sexual abuse throughout the year called ‘The Pink Orchid Retreat’ in Co. Clare, Ireland.  I’ve just been talking to a friend of mine – Tara* – who also has a history […]

Getting Help for Vaginismus and Moving From Powerlessness to Empowerment

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Sexual wellbeing and sexuality are an integral part of us, it is intrinsically linked to our overall health and wellbeing. Which is why when a woman experiences vaginismus it can feel devastating causing physical, psychological and emotional distress which filters out into everyday life and relationships. Vaginismus and GPPPD, not only impacts on sexual intimacy […]

MEDIA: First dates: How to deal with post-lockdown intimacy anxiety and low libido

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Post-pandemic Sex: Many of us are unsure how to navigate relationships in what feels like a new world. In this week’s Irish Times, I spoke with journalist, writer and editor Geraldine Walsh about post-pandemic sex and dating. People are emotionally fatigued with online dating, the chatting, texting, being ghosted and the emotional whirlwind that comes […]