Carol Featherstone, UKCP, COSRT
I am an Accredited Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist and Psychosexual Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer with over 30 years' experience working with couples and individuals.
Therapy/Counselling: I am an Integrative Therapist - meaning I draw upon various models of therapy in order to best help clients understand themselves, their role in the world and their relationships with others. I work with a wide range of issues and have experience of various work settings - including Relate and GP surgeries.
Psychosexual Therapy: Sexual problems can cause a lot of distress and unhappiness but with the help of a trained and experienced Psychosexual Therapist, most clients soon feel more comfortable with, and confident in, the process. After therapy many clients report that they have been able to overcome their sexual difficulties and go on to have rewarding and fulfilling sex lives. Psychosexual Therapy can help individuals or couples to explore what is not working and what needs to be different. My aim is to help clients identify what is causing the problem (regardless of whether it is long-standing or recent) and provide practical ways of dealing with it in order to renew sexual confidence and intimacy in existing or future relationships.
Sex Addiction: In the last 12 years I have pursued a particular interest in the treatment of sexual addiction. Sex Addiction Therapy offers a specialised treatment programme for those whose sexual behaviours have become out of control and which they continue with, often to the detriment of work, family and relationships. I can help people to understand why the addiction has occurred, address any underlying issues that may be contributing to their abnormal sexual behaviour, and put in place healthy, alternative ways to meet their needs.
Sexual Offending: I am a trained and accredited member of STOPSO (The Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offences) and work in a highly confidential and secure way with people who have sexually offended.
Supervision: I have been a Supervisor since 2003 and provide supervision for both Counsellors and Psychosexual Therapists. I am also an accredited Supervisor with STOPSO.
I have a passion and belief in the work I do – and continue to be amazed and fascinated by the human condition and how therapy can facilitate positive and lasting change.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Relationship Therapy (Psychosexual Therapy), University of Hull.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, University of Hull.
Foundation Skills Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NHS).
Supervisor Training Certificate (Relate).
Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling (Relate).
Group Skills Trainer (Relate).
IAPT-trained counsellor for ‘Working with Couples with Depression’.
Senior Accredited Practitioner Member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy) Accredited Supervisor with COSRT
Accredited Member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
Qualified Member of ATSAC (The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity).
Registered Member of STOPSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offending) and accredited Supervisor with STOPSO
Registered Therapist with PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
Certified SleepUnlimited Practitioner (able do work with sleep disorders)
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fee for individual Counselling/Psychosexual Therapy is £50 per session.
Fee for couple Counselling/Psychosexual Therapy is £55 per session.
Fee for supervision is £40 per hour.
I work from pleasant offices in Gosforth providing clients with a relaxing and comfortable environment. I also provide online/telephone sessions with clients.