Amanda Smith, Online Counsellor, COSRT Sen Accred
How talking therapy can help:
I understand that relationship and sexual problems can be complicated, worrying and embarrassing to talk about. I aim to create a relaxed, safe, confidential environment to put my clients at ease, give them the time and space needed to explore difficulties and find ways to resolve them.
I started working as a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist in 2005 (North Derbyshire NHS Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Service). I have 15 years experience of providing this work in an NHS setting.
A fulfilling sex life is an enjoyable and important part of healthy human life and relationships. However many people experience relationship and or sexual concerns at some point in their lives. There are many reasons why this can happen. Examples include relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, gender identity, sexual orientation, illness, disability and medication.
My integrative approach means I use a range of validated therapies (psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, mindfulness) to respond to your specific circumstances.
I work at my clients' pace so they don't feel rushed or pressured to come back unnecessarily.
Some of the problems clients raise include the following:
Loss of interest or enjoyment in sex
Problems with erections
Ejaculation earlier or later than wanted
Difficulty reaching climax/orgasm
Pain associated with sex
Problems with penetration
Problems associated with infertility, menopause, PMS, pregnancy, childbirth, sexually transmitted infections
Problems associated with bereavement, cultural, religious issues
Gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation
Concerns about ones own or partner's sexual practices, sexual behaviour
What to expect in your first session:
The first few sessions are called an assessment when I will ask questions about your problems and how it is affecting your relationship and life. I might also ask about other aspects of your life now and in the past. It's also an opportunity for you to decide if we can work positively together - that all important therapeutic relationship.
At the end of the assessment I will discuss therapy options tailored to your particular circumstances. You will be fully involved in deciding management options and you don't have to continue if you don't want to.
I will encourage those in a relationship to attend with their partner because problems hardly ever belong to any one partner. However I'm happy to see clients not currently in a relationship or those who prefer to see a therapist on their own.
How many sessions are you likely to need:
Therapy programmes are typically 6-12 sessions but can be shorter, or take longer for more complex problems.
Therapy sessions are either weekly or fortnightly (depending on clients schedules and appointment availability) and usually last about 50 minutes.
You can contact me by email, phone or text. I offer a free telephone consultation of about 10 minutes for anyone considering making an appointment to see me. This is to discuss what you'd like to get out of talking therapy sessions and assist you to decide if I might be the right person to help you.
My talking therapy room has access to free parking and also toilet facilities. There is a step up into my room but the door is wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through.
I will send the address and directions to my therapy room when you book an appointment.
During these times of social distancing or self isolation related to Covid19, I am offering online consultations using secure video conferencing software.
Training, qualifications & experience
- College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) Senior Accredited Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist
- COSRT Registered Supervisor
- Postgraduate Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy for Sexual Dysfunction, Porterbrook Clinic and Sheffield Hallam University, 2005
- Diploma of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine
- Fellow of the Faculty Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) 2000
- MBBS Medical Degree 1987, University of London.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per session
Concessionary rate available for recipients of means tested benefit / in receipt of state pension / full time student.