Therapy for Genophobia the Fear of Sexual Intercourse in Wolverhampton and Online
Genophobia is the fear of Sexual Intercourse and may be caused by a range of different ‘experiences’ in a persons life.
It is more commonly experienced by women but men are also known to develop this phobia too. There may also be cultural, religious or moral ‘beliefs’ leading to Genophobia problems.
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Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Genophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.
We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Genophobia seriously.
For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Genophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.
The majority of people who do suffer with Genophobia recognise that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!
The symptoms of Genophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Avoiding intimacy
- Making excuses not to have sex
- Panic attacks
- Inability to Relax
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Genophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
Genophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Genophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Genophobia will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.
As with many psychological ‘problems’ there really is no single cause of Genophobia. Sexuality in human beings has long been a highly debated and controversial area of natural human existence. Religious ideology around the sex act may be attached to ‘shame’ and is frequently imbued with the idea that ‘sex should only be for reproduction’ rather than for pleasure.
People who believe (for whatever reason) that sex is somehow ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ and more likely to trigger negative emotional responses when encountering a sexually intimate moment.
Within many different cultures, a great deal of ‘expectation’ may be ‘heaped’ onto couples to ‘produce grandchildren’ or ‘heirs’ and people may find this ‘pressure’ diminishes the value of the ‘intimacy’ of sexual union turning it into a ‘duty’ rather than a pleasurable experience leading to feelings that it is solely for the benefit of others and not the two people involved. This pressure to perform often presents itself as sexual performance anxiety.
Another potential cause of Genophobia is the fear of childbirth (Tokophobia). If a person becomes sufficiently worried about the idea of ‘painful’ childbirth then it is not too difficult to see how this might result in abstaining from sexual intercourse, or indeed seeing the sexual act as the problem itself.
Anybody who has suffered some form of abuse or ‘trauma’ associated with the sex act may also develop Genophobia, but this is by no means a definitive indicator. The Human mind is capable of creating an almost infinitely variable set of associations with this most ‘primitive’ biological ‘urge’ and so the range of potential causes is almost as infinite.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Genophobia
Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychological training course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Genophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Genophobia.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm Psychology we believe that therapy should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
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