Elaine Tarsh BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred) Relate Trained Counsellor

Elaine Tarsh BA (Hons), MBACP (Accred) Relate Trained Counsellor


07908 943 272

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07908 943 272

About me

I am a Relate trained counsellor and psychosexual therapist with a Certificate in Relationship Counselling & Psychosexual Therapy. I am also an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).

I have had many years’ experience working as a counsellor with Relate, and now run a private counselling practice in Radlett, within easy reach of North London, Borehamwood, Bushey, St Albans, Harpenden and Watford.  I have listed some of the issues I work with in more detail below, but my main areas of focus are:

  • Couples counselling
  • Individual counselling
  • Psychosexual therapy

I offer a professional, flexible and highly confidential service. I am always happy to have a telephone conversation (Tel: 07908 943272) to answer any queries you may have prior to booking a no-obligation session. This allows you to get to know me and for me to see if I can help you. You will find my approach non-judgemental, practical, positive and caring.

I keep my counselling rates competitive at £50.00 (Individual Counselling), £60.00 (Couple Counselling) and £40.00 (Telephone Counselling).  All counselling sessions are typically 50 minutes, unless by prior arrangement.  Payment is by card or cash.   Usually I meet clients on a weekly basis, but I try to be flexible if this is not always convenient.

People often ask how a couple can tell if they would benefit from therapy, and how they might recognise that their problems can no longer be dealt with at home. Many people struggle alone with anxiety and depression, even when they have supportive family and friends. Couples might be arguing constantly, trying to cope with the impact of financial or parenting issues, or perhaps experiencing specific sexual problems or infidelity.  It may be that their relationship simply feels stale and they would benefit from a relationship MOT.  There are no easy answers, but bringing the issues into the open in front of an experienced and qualified counsellor, often proves to be that invaluable first step.

If you have any questions please call and leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please see below for more details of my work and the areas that I have had success in tackling with clients.

Individual Counselling

I have experience working with clients with issues around anxiety and depression. In addition I work with individuals struggling with post natal depression, abuse, domestic violence and moving on post divorce or the end of a relationship.

Couples Counselling

There are many issues that can cause relationship problems, many stemming from the pressured way we live our lives.  Issues I have worked with include:

  • Abuse
  • Adapting to chronic illness and disability
  • Affairs and betrayal
  • Anxiety
  • Arguments
  • Bereavement
  • Commitment to the relationship
  • Communication difficulties
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Feelings of loss when children leave home
  • Issues with step families
  • Loss of identity
  • Low self esteem
  • Parenting
  • Past relationship issues that are affecting the present one
  • Retirement concerns
  • Separation and divorce
  • Sexual disagreements
  • Sexuality

I provide a secure, non-judgemental approach, offering both short and long term counselling, using a range of approaches appropriate to each individual situation.

Counselling offers the opportunity to explore your relationship and think what you might want to change.  It is not about returning to the early days of your relationship but about what is right for the present and the future.

The end of a relationship is never easy and relationship breakdown can be both painful and confusing. If your relationship has ended and you are struggling to deal with the fall-out, I can support you throughout this painful time. Counselling offers you a fresh perspective, the chance to constructively manage your separation and successfully move on.

Psychosexual Therapy

Sometimes sexual problems and relationship difficulties are connected, and it is not uncommon for couples to be unhappy with their sexual relationship. By working together, it is possible to understand why these problems have emerged and work towards resolving them. I have worked with clients with a wide range of sexual issues including:

  • Difficulties reaching orgasm (Anorgasmia)
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Difficulties arising from sexual abuse
  • Erectile difficulties
  • Internet addiction
  • Lack of sexual information
  • Loss of desire or low desire for partner or sex
  • Pain during intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Vaginismus

Telephone Counselling

Would you like to access counselling but find it difficult to access face to face counselling?  Perhaps you travel regularly for work or have an irregular shift pattern.  You may be a carer or lack reliable and affordable childcare.  You may have concerns about accessing counselling services because of your location or confidentiality.  Then telephone counselling might suit you!

Telephone counselling is just like face to face counselling offering the same confidential counselling space and non-judgemental support.  Usually sessions are 50 mins and they are booked (and paid for) in advance.

Training, qualifications & experience


BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University

Certificate in Marital & Couple Counselling (Relate)

Postgraduate Certificate in Relationship Therapy (Psychosexual Therapy), University of Hull in collaboration with Relate

I continue to undertake on-going professional development courses.

All counselling and psychosexual therapy is stricly confidential and I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.

I hold an enhanced CRB check and professional indemnity insurance.


I have worked as a couple counsellor and psychosexual therapist at Relate for many years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in working with cultural difference within relationships. Perhaps you or a member of your family has issues around sexuality. I work with the aim of supporting acceptance and understanding.

My core beliefs incorporate respect, kindness and truthfulness. I welcome clients from the LGBT community and I am BDSM and kink ‘friendly’


Individual Counselling - £50

Couple Counselling - £60

Telephone Counselling - £40

The above are my standard charges. I offer a sliding scale which is negotiable on the basis of clients ability to pay.

Payment is by card or cash.

Usually I meet clients on a weekly basis, but I understand that this is not always convenient, and make every effort to be flexible where possible.

Further information


My practice is based in Radlett, Hertfordshire, a short distance from Radlett Station. I cover Radlett, Shenley, Elstree, Borehamwood, St Albans, Bricket Wood, Watford, Bushey and North London including Stanmore, Mill Hill and Edgware.

Maps & Directions

Radlett, WD7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: no


Counselling is available Monday through to Thursday, day time and evening appointments available. Occasional Sunday appointments.

Types of client

Older adults
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