Psychosexual Counselling Service
Psychosexual Counselling Service
PSYCHOSEXUAL NURSE THERAPIST
Case study: In 2011, the patient rst noticed a small lump in one of
her breasts, but didn’t think too much of it. However, after a routine
investigation, she was given the diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer
at the age of 47,which was devastating for her. She underwent
treatment at London Bridge Hospital to remove the lump, followed by
chemotherapy and then radiotherapy.
The patient decided to undergo all treatment at London Bridge Hospital;
initially surgery to remove the lump, followed by chemotherapy and then
radiotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatment brought on the menopause which
affected her very intensely as, due to the different drugs, all the symptoms
came on at once. Before her diagnosis, the patient had been a keen runner
and led an active and healthy lifestyle. However, due to the menopause her
joints became too painful to continue running, something which affected her
body con dence. The onset of the menopause also took away her libido.
As the cancer was not hormone-related in her case, it meant she was eligible
for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which she believes saved her
life. Having started HRT, the unwelcome symptoms associated with the
The patient was still sexually active and her sex life was important to her
– this made her feel very alone in dealing with her illness. For most of her
treatment, the patient did not mention how she was feeling, but during her
last chemotherapy session, she happened to mention this to one of the
nurses. She was given Emma Waring’s card, Psychosexual Nurse Therapist.
She commented on contacting the Psychosexual Nurse Therapist, “It was the
best thing for me. It really helped me to move on.” Although she feels pretty
much back to normal, she admits there are still days when she feels shaky.
While she manages to cope with these feelings, she feels it is really helpful to
know Emma is there should she need additional top-up sessions.
Now cancer-free, the patient understands the importance for breast cancer
sufferers to know that this sort of service is available to them. She explains,
“Your sex life is hit tremendously because of what happens to you, and your
body image. It completely throws you, everything stops. People in marriages
have a different sort of relationship but being single, my relationships weren’t
that close so it was a very different situation.”
EmmaWaring qualified from St
Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1995
as Registered General Nurse, going
on to specialise in cardiac nursing.
In 2001, Emma obtained a degree
in Critical Care Nursing from
King’s College, London, and moved
into a specialist nurse role at Guy’s
and St Thomas’ Hospital. Here,
she set up a clinic to treat erectile
dysfunction in cardiac patients.
This was in collaboration with
Dr Graham Jackson, Consultant
Cardiologist, and due to the unique
nature of the clinic, their work
has been presented nationally and
In 2004, Emma obtained a
postgraduate diploma in
Psychosexual Therapy at the
University of Central Lancashire
and, in addition to her nursing
role, began working as a sex and
relationship therapist at Guy’s
Emma’s work was recognised when
she won the Nursing Times Rising
Star award in 2004.
In October 2011, Emma joined
London Bridge Hospital, providing
a Psychosexual Therapy Service
for patients/couples experiencing
sexual difficulties and/or
“Your sex life is hit tremendously because of what
happens to you, and your body image.
It completely throws you,
For more information on our Psychosexual Counselling Service, please contact Psychosexual Counselling Coordinator, Rob Walker, on
T: 020 7357 6466
or email[email protected]
Psychosexual Therapy Service