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About me

* Due to the global pandemic, I am currently conducting all of my sessions online, via Zoom.

Hello,

I understand that the search for the right therapist for you, can seem like a minefield.  There are lots of acronyms and confusing terminology - it can sometimes be difficult and daunting to know where to start in your search, especially if you have never had therapy before.  I hope that you find my profile easy to read and it answers any questions you may have.

I am a established, qualified and integrative therapist.  I have over 13 years experience of working with adults within both the private sector and the NHS.  I work in a confidential, supportive, relaxed, non-judgemental way and my primary concern is your emotional well being.  I am highly empathetic and intuitive, and I will help/ support you through your therapeutic journey.

As an integrative therapist, I have a wide range of tools and approaches available to me: what this means is that I am able to adapt the way that I work, in order to suit the client sitting in front of me and that is regardless of relationship status, sexuality and gender identity.  I believe that one size does not fit all.  Getting to know you is a crucial part of our relationship; the better I know you, the more able I am, to adapt my approach to suit your needs.

I believe that first and foremost, the relationship between us is paramount.  Without a good relationship, progress will not be made within the work.  Feeling safe, comfortable and supported within a therapeutic space - whether that space is face to face or online - encourages openness, exploration, learning, self awareness and often either the change that was originally sought or, as a minimum, the development of coping strategies to help in everyday life.

I am a fully qualified Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist and a member of the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT).  This means that I not only work with a wide range of presenting issues but, I also specialise in psychosexual (sex) and relationship issues for individuals and/ or couples.

I am a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and work with issues surrounding infertility.

In addition, I am also a qualified Life Coach and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner, as well as qualified in Clinical Hypnosis.

So what next?

  1. If you would like to know more about the work that I do or you wish to book an initial assessment session, call or email me.  From there, we can book our first session.
  2. Our first session gives us a chance to see how we get on - please note that currently, all sessions will be conducted via Zoom.  During this initial session I can answer any questions that you may have, we can discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and we can talk through, at a high level, what the work will entail.  If you are comfortable continuing, we will then agree on either short term or longer term therapy (depending on your needs), our regular weekly appointment time and book our next session.

Training, qualifications & experience

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Foundation Course, British Infertility Counselling Association (London)
  • Advanced Diploma, Couples Therapy (NAOS, London)
  • PGDip, Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy, Level 7 (Middlesex University, London)
  • Levels 1 & 2 Practitioner, Emotional Freedom Technique (Alison Munro, London)
  • CPD, Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH, London)
  • Certificate, Coaching (Lane4, Maidenhead)
  • Certificate and Diploma, Life Coaching (Newcastle College, Newcastle)
  • Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma, Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD, London)
  • Currently studying for a Certificate in Clinical Supervision (London)

EXPERIENCE:

  • Director and therapist, Harley Life Therapies (my private practice, based in Essex)
  • Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist, The Change Project (Essex)
  • Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist, Sexual Problems Clinic, St. Pancras Hospital (London)
  • Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist, Sexual Health Clinic, Barking Community Hospital (London)
  • Counsellor, Romford Counselling Service (Essex)
  • Bereavement Counsellor, Marie Curie Hospice (Hampstead, London)

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • I have an Enhanced DBS

Member organisations

COSRT

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

PSYCHOSEXUAL & RELATIONSHIP THERAPY

I wanted to provide some additional detail regarding this area of therapy.  I work with a wide range of issues. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Female sexual function issues:
    • Anorgasmia - the inability to reach orgasm during sex
    • Loss of or reduction in sexual desire/ libido
    • Dyspareunia - pain during sexual intercourse
    • Vaginismus - inability to have sexual intercourse/ penetration
    • Fear of or inability to have sexual intimacy
    • Perimenopause and Menopause
  • Male Sexual function issues:
    • Anorgasmia - the inability to reach orgasm during sex
    • Loss of or reduction in sexual desire/ libido
    • Erectile dysfunction - problems with achieving or maintaining an erection
    • Rapid ejaculation - ejaculating too soon or too quickly
    • Fear of or inability to have sexual intimacy
  • Both female and male sexual function issues:
    • Sexuality
    • Sexual abuse / trauma
  • Couples and relationship issues:
    • Communication
    • Surviving an affair
    • Conflict resolution
    • Infertility

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

From £60.00 to £90.00

Additional information

In order to secure your appointments, each session must be paid for in advance, via bank transfer.

ONLINE FEES (telephone and video call):

Individuals: £60*

Couples: £80*

IN PERSON FEES:

Individuals: £70*

Couples: £90*

*fees quoted are for 50 minute sessions.

75 minute sessions are also available. Prices available upon enquiry.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

MORNINGS:

Monday

Sunday

AFTERNOONS:

Monday

Saturday

EVENINGS:

Tuesday

Thursday

Brentwood
Essex
CM15

Chelmsford
Essex
CM1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None offered.

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

As I am unable to offer wheelchair access, I can offer online therapy sessions via Zoom and/ or telephone therapy sessions.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Harley Life Therapies: Madeline Lyons-Applebee (MCOSRT)

Harley Life Therapies: Madeline Lyons-Applebee (MCOSRT)