I am a practising sex and relationship psychotherapist based in Brighton and with a background in psychology and sexual health. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the NHS for many years alongside teachers, GPs, community groups and policy-makers to increase access to sexual health information and services – and this has given me a solid understanding of the complexities surrounding sex and relationships. I have been seeing clients in private practice as well as in a busy GP surgery and a specialised NHS clinic for female sexual dysfunction.
I take an integrative (or eclectic) approach to counselling and psychotherapy because I believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment model that meets all of a client’s unique and individual needs. I have been trained to use a variety of methods from a number of different schools of thought – integrating traditional models of sex therapy with more recent and innovative approaches. I also aim to work holistically, paying attention to the mind and body as well as a person’s environment and family system.
Successful therapy depends primarily on the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. As a relational therapist, my aim is to provide you with a safe and confidential environment where you can talk openly without fear of criticism or judgement about the issues that are important to you. It takes a great deal of courage to seek help, particularly for sexual or relationship problems, and my first priority will be to put you at ease and answer any initial questions you may have about sex therapy. As we progress through the course of therapy, I will work with you to find the best approach to your problem – and try to keep it fun and engaging wherever possible.