A sexpert is helping couples get the most out of life.
Katarina Gjertsen is a psychosexual and relationship therapist who has lived and worked in Bedfordshire for the last year.
The mother-of-two helps both men and women with their most intimate problems, which they have probably never discussed before.
She sees people both in couples and singly, helping them to improve their relationships and sex lives.
One frequent problem which Katarina helps men to overcome is the inability to get or maintain an erection.A common problem for couples is an imbalance of desire. Often a way to help is by getting them to increase their intimacy by touch exercises such as massages.
Katarina, 34, has been practising in this specific area for two years and she has been a therapist for four years.
She decided to retrain as a therapist after having her children because in her previous office based job she quickly became a general confident.
Finding the relationship and sexual side of therapy more interesting, Katarina decided to specialise. She said: “I’ve noticed from a lot of people I talk to how important a part sex plays in relationships and how you can’t have a good relationship without good sex and vice versa.”
Katarina, who is from Slovakia but moved to England 16 years ago, sees around 18 people each week. They range in age from 20 to 75 but the biggest proportion are professionals in their 30s and 40s. There is a fairly even male/female divide and around half of the people she sees as couples.
A client’s first session will be a chance for them to have a general discussion. If they decide to go ahead with the therapy the next session will focus on their past, for instance their parents’ attitudes to sex.
She said: “Sometimes I find people like to try to shock me and it’s a little test to see whether they could trust me.
“The initial session is to find out why they seek therapy and then I go into the past; the way they were brought up and what messages they took with them from childhood. That usually plays a big part in all people’s lives.”
At four and nine her children are too young to understand Katarina’s job but her husband is supportive.
Katarina, who moved from Leighton Buzzard to Biggleswade last year, added: “I’m not here to solve people’s problems. I’m here to help them change their behaviour and actions. I’m there to offer perhaps another point of view. Nine out of 10 times therapy works with sexual issues.”
She is a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists and has a strict code of confidentiality.
To find out more visit www.katarinagjertsen.com