Silva Neves. Sex & Relationship Therapist, Couples Therapist. Trauma Therapist.
I am a fully qualified, experienced and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist specialist in:
Psychosexual, relationship and couple's therapy. Compulsive sexual behaviours & problematic porn use. Trauma therapy & EMDR. Bereavement and complex grief.
I am an accredited member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists)
I'm a full clinical member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
I am a member of the British and European Society for Sexual Medicine.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.
I am also a member of NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists)
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am a member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
Being awarded the accreditation with COSRT means that I am a specialist in psychosexual and relationship therapy, having met strict criteria in respect of training, experience, knowledge, ethical standards, clinical skills and commitment to continuous professional development.
Being a full clinical member of UKCP means that I have achieved the highest standard of psychotherapy clinical practice.
Being a member of The British Society for Sexual Medicine and The European Society for Sexual Medicine means that I keep updated on all the current research and interventions in the field of human sexuality
I abide by each of the membership's code of ethics and professional conducts.
I hold a full professional insurance.
My model of counselling and psychotherapy is 'integrative'. It means that I will use different approaches from different therapy models to suit your needs best.
The conditions I can help you with are:
- Difficulties with relationships: starting, sustaining or ending a relationship
- Male sexual problems (erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, retarded ejaculation)
- Female sexual problems (vaginismus, dyspareunia)
- Difficulties with orgasms
- Differences in sexual desire within the relationship
- Communication problems in a relationship, including frequent arguments, rows or blaming
- Survivors of sexual abuse
- Compulsive Sexual Behaviours & problematic porn use
- Sexless relationship
- Lack of intimacy
- Issues with sexualities
- Healing from the disclosure of infidelity
- Coming out, acceptance of sexuality and LGBTQ specific issues
- Recreational drugs and sex
- Issues related to diagnosis of HIV and other STIs
- Sexual shame
- COVID-19 related bereavement, complex grief and post-trauma
I also offer trauma therapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Adult men and women who have been sexually assaulted
- Adult survivors of childhood neglect, including parental neglect and school bullying
- LGBT population faced with homophobia
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosexual, Relationship and Couples Therapy. Awarded with distinction.
- Certificate in Transformative Couples Therapy. Encounter-centred approach.
- EMDR trained.
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
- Diploma in Eating Disorders Practitioner. (NCFED).
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Awarded with distinction.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Awarded with distinction.
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy
I take my continuous professional development seriously. I attend seminars and conferences regularly to keep my knowledge and practice updated.
I have attended seminars with world-renowned specialist in the field of sex and relationship therapy, including Dr Harville Hendrix, Dr Helen LaKelly Hunt (Imago Therapy) and Dr David Schnarch (Crucible Therapy)
I hold a busy private practice in Central London, Mayfair (W1).
I work with both individuals and couples who have relationship or sexual problems.
I have worked as a psychosexual therapist with the NHS (Chelsea and Westminster Trust) at 56 Dean Street.
I have worked as a Clinical Associate at The Hudson Centre, a private clinic specialising in sex addiction.
I have experience working with people living with HIV with charity organisation Positive East.
I have experience working with members of the LGBT community. I employ a sexuality diversity affirmative approach.
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.
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
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
I practice in Central London, Mayfair (W1). Nearest tube station is Oxford Circus or Bond Street.
Individual Therapy: £120.
Couples therapy: £150.
To make an appointment, or for an informal chat, call me on 079 5832 0565
Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My consultations with you are confidential.
Professional and ethical guidelines require me to have regular clinical supervision to discuss my work with my clients. Consultations with my clinical supervisor are also confidential.
In the event that we see each other outside of our sessions (in the street, or in a shop, for example), I will not acknowledge you unless you acknowledge me first. This is to maintain your confidentiality.
Couples therapy: I usually work with both partners together. Occasionally, I may have a one-to-one session with each partner. The one-to-one session is kept confidential. It is the responsibility of each partner to disclose to each other the conversations held during their one-to-one meeting. I will not disclose conversations. It means that I may hold information that has not been disclosed by one of the partners.
The circumstances that require the breach of confidentiality are:
1 - If I am sufficiently concerned that you may harm yourself or a third party.
2 - Children or vulnerable adults being at significant risk of harm currently (current sexual, physical, psychological or financial abuse)
3 - Acts of terrorism
4 - Drug or people trafficking
5 - Money laundering
6 - I may be subpoenaed by a court to give evidence under oath.
If you pay my fee by bank card, my name may appear on your bank statement.
I abide by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018)
The personal information I hold about you (name, home address, e-mail address, telephone number, medical history, etc.) is stored in a locked cupboard. Only I have access to it.
I do not share any data about you to third parties.
You have the right to request your personal information to be corrected or erased at any time, in writing. For legal purposes, I have to keep some data about you. We can discuss your requirements and come to an agreement together.
In the event of my sudden incapacity to work, a professional executor will take responsibility for my clients, in which case your identity would be disclosed to the executor. Executors are bound by the same professional and ethical guidelines of confidentiality.
I write brief notes about what I discuss with you in sessions. Your notes are kept electronically and are encrypted. Only I have access to them. I don’t write your name or any other people’s names on my notes to maintain confidentiality. You have the right to request a copy of your notes, in writing.
Clinical notes on couples therapy remains the confidential material of the couple relationship and one partner cannot request access without the consent of the other. I will meet your request within one month, without charge.
I keep all the information I hold about you, including notes, for seven years after the end of therapy. After seven years I destroy all data and notes I have about you.
If you fall ill during a consultation, I will call the emergency services and disclose your name and any medications you take.
For the purpose of training and writing for the contribution to the field of psychotherapy, I may use some materials of what I discuss with my clients for case studies. When doing so, all of my clients’ identifying information are disguised to ensure confidentiality. Before starting therapy, you will have the opportunity to opt in authorising me to do so, or not.
I will use your preferred methods of contact: e-mails, texts or phone calls. Please note that these methods are not secure, therefore we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality. It is best not to discuss or write personal or sensitive information on a text or in an e-mail. If you require me to e-mail clinical notes with sensitive and personal information about you, I will do so in the form of a password-protected document.
In the event that I need to make a referral to another appropriate professional, you will have the opportunity to opt in to authorise me to do so, or not.