Elizabeth Hicks, Sex & Relationship Therapist, Family & Individual Counsellor
Are you looking to improve your relationship with yourself or your partner or family? Are you or your partner impacted by your sexual behavior or do you struggle to communicate how you are feeling?
Are you struggling with low mood, anxiety; stress or low self esteem and want to develop a stronger sense of yourself and your behaviours? I have an approachable warm and empathic manner and offer a confidential, non- judge mental counselling and therapy service. I am a fully qualified Relate practitioner and have a specialism in Relationship Counselling, Psychosexual Therapy and I am also a Sex Addiction Specialist (trained by ATSAC) I also work with individuals.
I am also experienced with working with childhood sexual abuse, supporting both the individual and the wider network such as family and friends who may also be impacted.
I work with grief and loss which covers all areas from bereavement to loss of identity due to change in circumstances.
I have an integrative approach to therapy including using systemic, person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT and mindfulness techniques to find the best way to work with you as an individual rather than a rigid approach. I am a Registered Member of BACP; COSRT (The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and ATSAC. I am bound by their codes of ethics and principles of good practice.
Individual & Couple Counselling ,Family Therapy & Children's Counselling
I work with individuals, couples (couple counselling) and families (family therapy), children & young people, covering a wide range of issues such as:
communication difficulties (within the couple relationship & the wider family); low self esteem & confidence issues; adapting to change; trust & jealousy issues; effects of past relationships; trauma; the impact of sexual abuse and sexual violence; parenting challenges; stress & anxiety; depression; work difficulties; the impact of addiction; grief & loss; gender & sexuality; affairs; and coming to terms with the ending of a relationship.
Psychosexual Therapy focuses on sexual and intimacy issues both in your relationship and on an individual basis.
These issues may include:
-vaginismus (the involuntary tightening of the vagina)
-loss of interest in sex and arousal difficulties
-difficulty in achieving orgasm
-premature and delayed ejaculation
-reintroducing sex and intimacy after a period of not being sexual
Other issues which may impact your sexual relationship such as: the menopause; chronic illness or disability; sexuality issues; sex after IVF; trauma; childhood sexual abuse.
Sex Addiction & Compulsive Behaviours
Do you or your partner feel your use of internet pornography; masturbation; cyber-sex or chat rooms, has become excessive, preoccupying or no longer acceptable? Are your online or sexual behaviours impacting your sense of self, your relationship, family or work life? I can help you to explore these issues to gain a better understanding of your behaviour, support with change, and increase your overall sense of well-being. I also can offer support to partners & families of those who have a compulsive sexual issue.
We can together, explore your issues in a sensitive, but productive way. The therapy process can help to try to make sense of what's gone before; rebuild confidence and self esteem, achieve a more effective way of communicating and establish resilience for the future. Clients often say that it is helpful to have a place to take time for themselves, and to reflect on their own needs.
I offer both long and short term counselling and therapy and together we will explore during an intial assessment, which is the most beneficial for your situation.
Please note that for the foreseeable future I can only offer day time appointments on a Monday.
I can offer Clinical Supervision to fully qualified and trainee counsellors
To arrange an Initial Appointment or any enquiries, you are welcome to contact me via email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Counsellor & Clinical Supervisor and have worked for Relate supporting family & relationship issues, also for an organisation supporting survivors of sexual abuse and for a local hospice supporting individuals and families through grief and loss. I am an Associate Tutor for Bishop Grosseteste University and I have worked in private practice for a number of years.
University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling (Relate Institute)
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (Relate Institute)
Professional Certificate in the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsive Behaviours (ATSAC)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Relate Institute)
-Pyschosexual therapy in a sexualised culture
-How to treat painful sex
-Sexual violence and the impact on the victim
-Adult Survivors of sexual abuse
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-Supporting Parents of Children with additional needs
-Domestic violence & abuse: individual structured interviews
-Domestic violence & abuse: assessment & interventions
-Mental Health & the impact on couples
-Impact of children living in a sexualised culture
-Mindful Sex & Relationships
-Understanding the impact of Shame
-Working with Self Harm
-Working with Grief & Loss
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Presently available Monday during the daytime- enquire for availability.
Sessions are for up to 50 minutes at a cost of £50 (individual, couple or family).
Initial Appointment £40
1 hour 30 minutes couple sessions which are charged at £80, are also available.
Clinical Supervision fees
Presently available on Monday & Tuesday daytime- enquire for availability.
£40 per hour for qualified counsellors (£60 for 1.5hr supervision session)
£30 per hour for trainee counsellors & counsellors working solely on a volunteer basis (£45 for 1.5hr supervision session).
Group supervision £15 for 1.5 hours - please enquire for availability.
Payment is accepted in cash or by bank transfer