In addition to working on Women4Real projects, we are independently engaged in voluntary work for the Vulval Pain Society (VPS), and have been developing VPS Webinars.
After a brief break we are returning in 2014 with two exciting new webinars focusing on psychosexual therapy, couples counselling and partner perspectives. Following that we will start a webinar series on chronic pain-self management strategies specifically tailored to vulval pain.
Upcoming Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinars
Previous Vulval Pain Society (VPS) Webinar Presentations
- Monday 17th Novembe, 2014 7pm – 8pm (UK): Clare Staunton will focus on ‘Partner Perspective’ in vulval pain. She’ll address common thoughts, concerns and viewpoints of partners of women experiencing difficulties. Clare will offer suggestions for how to think of things differently in your couple dynamic (for both you and your partner), as well as some practical strategies for doing things differently too. The webinar will conclude with a reading list and useful links to online videos and resources for couples who are coping with vulval pain issues. Clare is passionate about helping women with vulval pain, whether they are single, beginning a new sexual relationship or in a long-term partnership.
Clare Staunton is a Psychosexual and Relationship Counsellor working in a West London private practice, SexualHealingUK. She is an accredited member of COSRT.Medical professionals and partners of women with vulval pain are also welcome to join us for these webinars.
- Wednesday 1st October, 2014 7pm – 8pm (UK): Krystal Woodbridge talks about ‘Breaking down the barriers and maintaining intimacy’. She will be discussing how vulval pain and sexual issues can affect the couple dynamic. She will address common problems that couples face (when coping with vulval pain) and explain how relationship therapy can address these issues and help couples to break down these barriers. Krystal will explore deﬁnitions of sex and intimacy and challenge common misconceptions, and consider the many creative ways to maintain intimacy within a relationship when penetrative intercourse is not possible.
Krystal Woodbridge is a qualified Psychosexual Therapist and Relationship Counsellor based in Hertfordshire and is director of Woodbridge Therapy. A general member and trustee of COSRT, Krystal is also a qualified nurse and, in 2011, won the COSRT Student of the Year Award for her work in psychosexual therapy.
- Tuesday, 21st May, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Dr de Mello gives a short presentation in which he discusses options for long-term pain management in vulvodynia, including physiotherapy, drug therapies and nerve blocks. He will then answer questions on the topic from participants.
Dr de Mello is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) where he runs a specialist Pelvic Pain Clinic. Around two-thirds of his clinic patients have vulval pain.
- Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Prof Reid gives a short presentation on “Everything your Doctor should know about Vulval Disease” and answers questions on the topic from participants.
Prof Reid is Vice-President of Education at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she runs a specialist vulval clinic.
- Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 7pm – 8pm (UK): Dr David Nunns (founder of the VPS) gives a short presentation on the latest research into vulval pain syndromes and answers questions on the topic from participants.