Psychosexual therapy in an interdisciplinary approach. Case study: patient with anxiety disorders and excessive pelvic floor muscle tension

Marta Rawińska

Academy of Economics and Humanities in Warsaw

Małgorzata Starzec-Proserpio

Department of Obstetrics, Medical Center for Postgraduate Education in Warsaw


This article presents psychosexual conceptualization and methods of therapeutic work with a patient in an interdisciplinary approach. It was based on the techniques of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) and urogynecological physiotherapy.
The most important elements of the diagnostic interview and work techniques based on the CBT approach and physiotherapy were presented. The therapy was focused on the issues of anxiety, helplessness, and anger. At later stages of the therapy, sexological topics and physiotherapy were introduced. In addition, the patient received treatment from other specialists: a psychiatrist and an endocrinologist.
The patient managed to achieve some of the goals set together with the therapist and eliminate genito-pelvic pain. An additional benefit was the complete medical diagnosis of the patient and commencement of the treatment related of her hormonal imbalance.
Interdisciplinary treatment resulted in beneficial effects. This type of cooperation of many specialists in treating patients reporting emotional, mental, and sexual difficulties seems to give the best results. This indicates the value of teamwork and the need for the cooperation of specialists in various fields.

Słowa kluczowe:

CBT, urogynecological physiotherapy, interdisciplinarity, anxiety disorders, pain syndromes

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Marta Rawińska 
Academy of Economics and Humanities in Warsaw
Małgorzata Starzec-Proserpio 
Department of Obstetrics, Medical Center for Postgraduate Education in Warsaw