About me

I am a Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist who specialises in sex and pornography addiction and the impact it has on partners and relationships. I provide both individual work, couple work and treatment programmes through a team of associates throughout the UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

Initially trained with Relate, I have gone on to train in sex addiction with Thaddeus Birchard in London and Patrick Carnes in the USA. I have been specialising in this field for over 10 years and am author of Understanding & Treating Sex Addiction (Routledge 2013) and also Chair of the UK's professional body for sex addiction ATSAC. I am also Course Director for ATSAC's Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction and have been widely published on the topic in public press and peer reviewed journals.

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.


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.


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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information


Further information

All my treatment programmes are CORE evaluated and have been proven to help clients get into full recovery from sex and porn addiction

The Laurel Centre
First Floor
50-54 Regent Street
Leamington Spa
CV32 5EG

The Laurel Centre
76 Cleveland Street

Type of session

In person


Paula Hall

Paula Hall