Heidi Renton, Relationship Psychotherapist - MA, MBACP
Sometimes relationships can seem such a struggle. Difficulties with trust and commitment, the arrival of children, redundancy, ill-health, infidelity, 'empty nest' syndrome, retirement, bereavement - these can all pose significant challenges to our ability to form and maintain a loving, emotionally fulfilling connection.
I trained, qualified and lecture at the internationally renowned Tavistock Relationships Centre in London, which is widely recognised as the gold standard organisation for relationship psychotherapy. This means I have specialist clinical skills in counselling couples and individuals who are experiencing personal and sexual relationship difficulties. Maybe you are at a crisis point - or you feel stuck, or are trying to work out whether or not to separate. You might be unhappy with your sexual relationship.
I understand how daunting it can feel to even be thinking about getting outside help, especially for such an important and intensely private part of your life. So naturally you need to be sure that any help you do get is going to be professional, sensitive and confidential.
How can I help you?
If we decide that we should work together, you can feel confident that you will be seeing someone who appreciates how difficult it can be to talk about relationship issues, and who will be able to offer you expert insights that help you understand what is going on, and how to make things better. I offer a warm, supportive and non-judgemental environment, to allow us to think together about how to improve your relationships.
The particular areas I focus on are:
- Difficulties in communication
- Trust issues, infidelity and their impact on relationships
- Separation and divorce
- Parenting and step-parenting
- Loss of sexual desire
- Breakdown of the sexual relationship
- Erectile problems
- Painful sex
- Reviving and improving sexual relating
Taking the first step - what to expect
When you feel ready, you can send me an email by using the button on this page. I always respond quickly to enquiries, so please do check your Spam folder if you haven't received an email back from me within a couple of days. We can then arrange a mutually convenient time to speak briefly on the telephone about your issues, and the support I might be able to offer.
If it feels like the right approach, then we can arrange to meet in person for an initial consultation. We will talk in more detail about the nature of the problems you’re having, including when things started to get difficult. I’ll ask you about your current family circumstances, early experiences and family history, so that I can understand you better. By the end of the first session we should have made a start in thinking about the type of patterns that you might be stuck in, and how therapy could possibly help you. We can then decide whether or not you continue with regular sessions. If so, these are 50 minutes once a week, at the same time, for as long as you feel that they are helping you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters (MA) in Couple & Individual Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Tavistock Relationships, London (UEL Accredited)
- Graduate Member/International Affiliate of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology (TIMP)
- Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- General Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
- Visiting Clinician in Assessment & Relationship Psychotherapy, Tavistock Relationships
- Assistant Lecturer at Tavistock Relationships, London
- Member of Tavistock Relationships Alumni
I am currently further developing my specialism in sexual relationships by undertaking a Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy at Tavistock Relationships.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Arousal, desire, sexual dysfunction
My fees range from £75 to £105 for couple, individual and psychosexual psychotherapy (face-to-face and online), depending on the time of day and type of work we agree upon together.
Concessions offered for
Therapy sessions are held in comfortable, private rooms in a Georgian townhouse in the centre of Guildford, just off the High Street. The centre has a waiting room with a receptionist, and is a few minutes walk from the main station, with parking close by.
I also offer online therapy for clients whose work or lifestyle make it difficult to attend regularly in person.