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Women's Group for Pain During Intercourse

The aims of our 10-session Pain Relief Therapy group are to:

  1. Reduce pain during intercourse

  2. Improve sexual functioning (e.g. arousal and desire)

  3. Identify the different thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and couple interactions that are associated with increased pain for each participant.


The Pain Relief Therapy program is given in a group format (approximately 10 women per group) and consists of 10 one and a half hour sessions spanning a 13-week period. All sessions take place at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute. The treatment includes the following elements:

  1. Education and information about painful intercourse (dyspareunia) and its impact on sexual desire, arousal, frequency of intercourse and the ability to reach orgasm.

  2. Education about a multifactorial model of pain, relaxation techniques, vaginal dilation exercises (insertion in the vagina of increasingly larger probes when in a state of relaxation) and cognitive restructuring exercises (replacing catastrophic thoughts about pain and sexuality by more realistic ones which will cause less pain and distress)

  3. Distraction techniques inspired by sexual imagery, self-assertion exercises, communication skills training.


The use of these techniques involves weekly homework assignments (approximately 20 minutes per day). Partners are invited to join for one session.

Our former group participants’ feedback has always been very positive: they appreciate the social support provided by the group and the opportunity to share their experience with others.

Group Treatment for Tocophobia: Dealing with the Fear of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Starting Wednesday October 25th for eight session

For additional information and registration contact:

Emily Fleisler at 514-934-1934 ext. 34285

or at

Men's Group for Pornography Dependence

Is Pornography Taking Over Your Life? Do you have trouble controlling your use of internet porn? Maybe you’re using it more often, or for longer periods of time than you’d like. Perhaps it’s interfering with your work, studies, or relationships. Or maybe porn use has simply become your “go-to” method for coping with stress, anxiety, or other difficult emotions.


If porn use is a problem for you, we’re here to help!


The Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the MUHC is introducing a group treatment program for out-of-control pornography use in men. This short-term therapy program is designed to help you tackle your porn use. The program will help you:

• understand male sexuality and models of sexual behaviour,

• develop new behaviours and skills to reduce your pornography consumption,

• understand the factors that contribute to your use of pornography, and

• interact with and learn from other men who face similar challenges.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact us at:


email today—space is limited (seriously we’re not just saying that)

What we will need from you:

RAMQ card
MD Referral
Registration form
Registration Form
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