Dr Samantha Baradhi (Chartered Counselling Pychologist & Psychosexual Therapist)
The Third Level Foundation
35A Union Street
The Broughty Practice
357 King Street
As an accredited psychosexual therapist I have extensive experience of working with couples and individuals experiencing sexual and relationship difficulties. I abide by the ethics and principles of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Psychologist and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) as an Accredited Member. I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
It may be that you never seem to be in the mood for sex anymore (Low Sexual Desire).
You might be finding sex painful and this has caused you to avoid it altogether, or it has made intercourse impossible to achieve (Dyspareunia or Vaginisimus)
Sexual arousal may be difficult to attain or maintain resulting in problems getting or maintaining an erection (for men) or lubricating enough to make sex pleasurable (for women) (Erection Difficulties or Arousal Disorder).
Orgasm happens rapidly, long before you would like it to or does not happen at all (Rapid Ejaculation or Inhibited Ejaculation).
There has been a general breakdown in your sexual relationship and you don't know how to get it started again.
Sex is surrounded by fear and uncontrollable anxiety (Trauma, Sexual Aversion or Phobias).
You may want to explore your sexual and/or gender identity. ........................................................................
Sexual difficulties can affect anybody at any stage of life causing distress, anxiety and relationship problems. Psychosexual Therapy is a unique and effective form of psychotherapy which focuses on helping people overcome sexual problems.
Sex therapy is for adults of all ages, whether heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian or gay; single people and couples who are married, cohabiting or living separately.
You do not have to be in a current relationship to benefit from psychosexual therapy, but if you are currently in a relationship you will benefit most from coming along together. The first step is an assessment where we can meet and talk through the problems you are experiencing before deciding the best way forward. Confidentiality is very important and we will discuss this too on our first meeting.
Psychosexual therapy is a talking therapy where both the physical and psychological aspects of the sexual difficulty will be considered, however, you will be given tasks to do in the privacy of your own home. These 'homework' sessions are an important part of the programme and are designed specifically to alleviate anxiety, build confidence and to help bring about lasting change. I work integratively, combining cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with humanistic and systemic psychological approaches to suit each unique couple or individual and I strive to keep my practice informed by the most recent and relevant research in the area.
I am based in a discreet private practice within an established clinic in the centre of Broughty Ferry, just outside Dundee, and also from a practice in the centre of Aberdeen.
Seeking help with a sexual problem can be hard to do. It can seem much easier to ignore it and hope it will resolve itself. Sometimes it may, but in those cases where it does not there is professional help available. "I wish we had done this sooner" is a phrase I hear often.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate (DPsych) in Counselling Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University) 2016
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Goldsmiths College, University of London) 1998.
- Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (Relate Central, Rugby) 2006.
- Foundation in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice (Family Therapy Training Network, FTTN) 2016
- Certificate in Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy (Porterbrook NHS Clinic, Sheffield) 2007.
- Systemic Couple Counselling (Relate Central, Rugby) 2005.
- Psychodynamic Couple Counselling (London Marriage Guidance) 2002.
- Sexual Crucible Therapy Masterclasses (with David Schnarch & Ruth Morehouse) 2013.
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Accredited by the British Psychological Society).
Following my undergraduate degree in Psychology I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital where I gained clinical training and experience in using Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I spent a further 5 years involved in psychological postgraduate research, whilst at the same time I began my training working with couples at London Marriage Guidance. It was here that I was introduced to psychosexual therapy and I had an affinity with it from the beginning.
Having decided to concentrate on a career in sexual and relationship therapy I then went on to study at Diploma level, firstly with Relate and then with the Porterbrook NHS Clinic in Sheffield, gaining extensive experience working within three Relate Centres (London, Cambridge and Essex), in co-therapy at the Porterbrook NHS Clinic and in private practice in London and Essex.
I qualified as a psychosexual therapist in 2006 and life took me to Scotland early in 2007 where I began my private practice here in Broughty Ferry. My practice in Aberdeen began in April 2012 when I realised there was a need for this service in the area. I have since completed my doctorate in counselling psychology.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Family/systemic therapy
£60 per hourly session.
My aim is to provide a high standard of therapeutic care that is both accessible and affordable. With this in mind, I can offer reduced fees to students and those on a limited income for daytime appointments.
I hold a current PVG Disclosure Scotland check.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I can currently offer individual clinical supervision to psychosexual and relationship therapists, whether in training, private or NHS settings. .View supervision profile