Catherine Polley PgDip - Psychosexual Therapist and Couple Counsellor

Catherine Polley PgDip - Psychosexual Therapist and Couple Counsellor


07555 348534

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About me

I currently offer therapy to couples or individuals who are experiencing relationship difficulties, sexual problems and out of control sexual behaviours, and I use an integrative approach which may include elements of psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural therapy.

I adhere to the ethical guidelines of The College of Sexual & Relationship Therapy and receive supervision from an experienced supervisor. I am fully insured.

I am happy to accept self referrals as well as referrals from G.P.s. 

Following an initial consultation of one hour, and assuming we continue into therapy, I  would then offer ongoing weekly or fortnightly sessions (usually at the same time each week)

Please contact me by email or telephone if you would like any additional information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relate trained, and employed by Relate, I have gained extensive experience, having offered couple therapy since 1997 and Psychosexual Therapy since 2008.  In 2014, I began working in the area of sexual addiction and compulsivity. 

I hold the Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling, a Postgraduate Diploma in PsychosexualTherapy and a Professional Certificate in Sexual Addiction. 

I am a senior accredited member of COSRT, a registered member of BACP, Relate registered and a member of ATSAC (the Association of Treatment for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity). 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual problems;

I offer therapy for the following sexual problems: 

erectile dysfunction
premature or delayed ejaculation
painful intercourse 
difficulties with penetrative sex
fear or avoidance of sex
difficulties with orgasm
problems with arousal
loss of sexual desire
sexual problems during or after menopause
problems following pregnancy and childbirth
problems due to illness or disability
problems due to poor body image
problems due to sexual abuse

Sex therapy requires a behavioural approach and you would be asked to carry out some exercises at home as part of your treatment programme.

I also offer a programme for the treatment of compulsive sexual behaviour, including addiction to online pornography


My fees are as follows:

Couple therapy £65

Individual therapy £50

Further information

Sexual problems:

I am aware that it can be very difficult for clients to talk about such intimate areas of their lives, but please be reassured that I would be able to put you at your ease and gently guide you through the issues.  Before starting therapy, I would take you through a detailed history taking, which enables me to be clear about the problem and to assess whether sex therapy is appropriate for you.  Because sexual and relationship problems can overlap in a couple relationship, it is sometimes necessary to focus on relationship issues first before going into a sexual treatment programme. 

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Free parking at venue


Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm

Types of client