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Sex Addiction Therapist (MPhil, MA, MBACP - registered)

About me

As a leading expert on sex and porn addiction, I work with individuals struggling with compulsive sexual behaviours, as well as with partners and couples. I offer treatment programmes at my clinic in Harley Street, Central London, as well as providing online therapy.

Sex is a natural, normal and enjoyable part of our lives, but sometimes it can become something that feels out of control, damaging and destructive. Sometimes people find themselves addicted to porn, watching it for hours every day, and as a result their work and their relationships suffer. Others become addicted to having sex with strangers or with escorts. They find themselves spending huge amounts of money, putting themselves and their partners at risk of sexually transmitted diseases and damaging their relationships. When sex feels like it has become out of control, then it is time to seek help.

I provide an innovative treatment programme for sex addicts, based upon a range of therapeutic approaches which have been proven to work. Sex addiction is usually a maladjusted way of managing difficult emotions, and I help clients to understand why they are using sex in a compulsive manner, so that they can get to the bottom of their addiction. I work with them on a programme designed to reduce and ultimately stop harmful sexual behaviour and to redevelop a healthy relationship with sex.

As an experienced psychosexual and relationship therapist, I have worked with hundreds of clients struggling with sexual addiction and sexual dysfunction. My training includes an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy. I am a BACP Registered member and a COSRT Accredited member. I am also a supervisor.

Please note that, at present, I am seeing all clients online and by telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with distinction), a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Counselling (with distinction), as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Coaching. I am also trained in person-centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution-focused therapy. I also have a Diploma in Supervision.

As a prominent expert in my field, I am often approached by the media for advice on sex and relationship issues. I have been featured in Marie Claire, Men's Health, Women's Health, Top Sante, Glamour, Look and Woman magazines, as well as BBC Radio Five Live's 'Men's Hour'. My first book, 'Three in a Bed: Conversations with a Sex Therapist', was published by Harper Collins in January 2016. In 2017, I co-edited the 'Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction' and I have written a number of published academic papers on the treatment of sex addiction. Currently, I am in the process of writing a self-help book on sex addiction, which can be used alongside therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£150.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £150 per 50 minute session (face-to-face or online). Payments can be made in cash or by debit/credit card at each session, or by bank transfer in advance. Please note that the full session fee applies for sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice.

When I work

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Online sessions:

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 2pm-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

1 Harley Street, London, W1G 9QD

Esher, Surrey, KT10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I offer clinical supervision to psychosexual therapists and couples' counsellors, both face-to-face and online.

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