About me

I am an integrative psychotherapist focusing on building a strong and secure therapeutic relationship with the client. In addition I can also integrate different models of working depending on the client needs. I commonly use Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT) Person Centred, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

I work with a wide variety of problems but specialist areas include psychosexual therapy, bereavement work, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, termination of pregnancy), couples work (where bereavement is involved), anxiety, depression, self-esteem.

Psychosexual Therapy

As a trainee Psychosexual Therapist I offer individuals and/or couples therapy to explore problems within sexual functioning including sexual desire issues, erectile and ejaculatory issues and orgasmic problems.

People of all ages and stages of life can have difficulties with their sex life, which can have knock-on effects for other feelings. This can put a strain on your relationship with your partner and affect your overall mental wellbeing. I provide a bespoke therapeutic package based on the needs of the individual/couple.

Psychosexual Therapy focuses on resolving problems within a sexual relationship. We know that 1 in 10 couples have sexual concerns, to varying degrees of severity, and psychosexual therapy can offer support and suggestions that can improve levels of intimacy.

Psychosexual Therapy and can offer support for a wide range of problems, including but not limited to:

  • Sexual pain
  • Erectile or ejaculatory problems
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Psychosexual needs during the menopause
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Exploration opportunities to identify the impact of historical experiences and relationships on sexual functioning

Practical exercises will be suggested for you to carry out in the privacy of your own home to enable you to focus on identifying you and your partner’s sexual needs. Support is given to aid communication of your sexual needs and rediscovery  of the intimacy in your relationship through development of new insights.
I will help you examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are contributing to your sexual difficulties, and draw up realistic and achievable goals for you.

Working at The Retreat York, I am proud to be part of such a professional and positive team. The clinical team has a wide range of skills and experience which means that client’s needs are central and they can be matched to a clinician with the right skill set to meet the client’s therapeutic needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Unlimited: The R.E.S.T. programme: working with sleep issues
  • Couples and Family Therapy Diploma: Couples therapy
  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Provider: Grief therapy
  • Mindful Compassion for Self and to Share: Mindfulness
  • Loss and Bereavement Awareness: Cruse training in loss
  • Supporting Couples through the Loss Process: Cruse couples work

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychosexual therapy


Additional information

Initial Assessment (60 mins) = £60
History Taking (90 mins) = £85
Ongoing Therapy (60 mins)= £60

The Retreat
107 Heslington Road
North Yorkshire
YO10 5BN

Type of session

In person
Linda Bower

Linda Bower