Joanna Benfield - Sex Therapist (MPhil, MA, MBACP - registered)
I offer a counselling service to men, women and couples looking to improve their relationships and their sex lives. I provide a safe, open and shame-free environment in which all sexual and relationship issues can be discussed. My main areas of work include: sex addiction, low desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, inability to reach orgasm, and porn addiction. I help clients to:
- Improve personal relationships
- Enhance compatibility
- Increase confidence
- Resolve sexual problems
- Address sex addiction
- Enhance sexual performance
- Explore sexual identities
I also work as a general counsellor, helping clients to work with issues such as depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking and trauma.
My consulting rooms are situated in Harley Street, Central London, and in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. In addition to face-to-face sessions, I am able to provide counselling via webcam and telephone.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.