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Amanda Smith, Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist - COSRT Sen Accred Member

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40
07980458941 07980458941 Registered / Accredited
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40

About me

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.

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.

All the work is based on talking, however I may give clients exercises to do in privacy at home.

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.

Getting started:

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.

Accessibility:

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 'Zoom' secure video conferencing software.

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.

Some of the problems clients raise include the following:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in sex
  • Reduced libido
  • 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

Training, qualifications & experience

Acceditation:

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) Senior Accredited Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist

COSRT Registered Supervisor

Relevant Qualifications:

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.

Experience:

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

COSRT

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship difficulties
Loss of interest or enjoyment in sex
Reduced libido
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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

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Fees

£50 per session

Concessionary rate available for recipients of means tested benefit / in receipt of state pension / full time student.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Step up into therapy room. Step up into toilet.

Availability

Tuesday evenings

Friday morning and afternoons

Saturday mornings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision

I am a COSRT registered supervisor specialising in sexual and relationship issues. .

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