Sexual difficulties are not uncommon. Many of us may experience difficulties such as erectile dysfunction or loss of desire at some point in our lives. This however can be a source of distress and anxiety in our relationships and can have a negative effect on how you relate emotionally with your partners. Sometimes, because of a sexual difficulty, intimacy of any kind can be avoided in the relationship ie. hugging/kissing our partner, sometimes sex/intimacy is lost all together. Sex is a very emotive topic, for some couples and one that can be difficult to talk about, which can further impact the closeness in your relationship.

Psychosexual therapy can be extremely beneficial if you are experiencing sexual difficulties in your relationship. Psychosexual therapy can help you each understand why these issues have evolved, helping you to reengage with sexual intimacy within your relationship.

Psychosexual therapy can support with a range of sexual problems, such as:

  • Erectile dysfunction,
  • Premature ejaculation or delayed ejaculation
  • Vaginismus (penetration difficulties)
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Inability to achieve orgasm.
  • Loss of sexual desire or sex has ceased to be part of the relationship.

Psychosexual therapy offers couples and individuals treatment plans for the specific sexual difficulty.  These plans involve behavioural tasks which are completed within the privacy of your own home.

I work with gender and sexual diversity in clients in an affirmative manner.

If you are experiencing any of the difficulties outlined above, then please do get in touch and we can organise an appointment via zoom for an Initial Assessment.


Sex and Porn Addiction

Sex Addiction refers to compulsive thoughts or actions which lead to sex, masturbation, or porn use.

Sex addiction can have devastating impacts on the sufferer and their families.  Many sex addicts experience relationship breakdowns, financial and work-related problems, exposure to STDs and shame and anxiety.

I work with both the individual and the partner where sex addiction is identified.

If you are concerned, then please do get in touch with me and we can organise an assessment.

How I Work

Whilst I always maintain a high standard of professionalism, I do endeavour to create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere within my sessions. 

From my own experiences of counselling, I understand and appreciate that it is important that you or you and your partner feel at ease with me to be able to talk about the “difficult stuff”.

For those that find it difficult to talk openly (and I understand it is not easy to share your most personal and private details with a stranger), I adopt a range of therapeutic interventions and creative techniques to support you in expressing your thoughts and needs.

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What My Clients Say

During my many years working as a counsellor, in both private practice and with Relate, I’ve had the privilege of working with many individuals, couples and families whom I’ve been able to help and support to affect some very positive changes to their relationships. Read on for their experience of working with me.

Joanne, really helped Ben and I explore what was happening in our relationship, we often went away from our sessions reflecting on various aspects of our relationship that we had not really considered before.  

Joanne was really helpful in supporting us to view our relationship in a more postive way and supported us through the change process.

I am not sure that we would have survived without her.

We are very grateful for her support.

Ben and Isabell

I really do not think our relationship would have survived if we had not have sought counselling, Joanne enabled us to talk to each other something we had struggled with when it came to discussing intimacy.  We both felt very comfortable and safe in Joanne's presence and I think it was this that enabled us to be honest and open.  Thank you Joanne

Pat and Steve

Thank you for the help that you have given us, you helped open our eyes as to what was happening in our relationship and the impact the past was having on this.  We have learned to talk together openly about the past and this has helped us going forward.  We are now looking forward to a happier future.  Thank you Joanne.

Liz and Brian

Online Counselling Services

I offer a range of online counselling services and you can find out more about these below.

I'm often asked how many counselling sessions are needed. As a therapist I am guided by you, the client, as to how long therapy should last but, to gain the best therapeutic outcomes, I would suggest we work together for six sessions initially on a weekly basis. Throughout our work together we will regularly review your progress and at the end of the six weeks, it is your decision as to how we proceed.

If you decide you would like counselling, after you get in touch with me, I will send you a copy of my Online Counselling Agreement. The Agreement outlines details about online counselling and the platform I use. It outlines information about how to maintain your safety online, data protection and payment. There is also a Client Information Sheet which asks questions that need to be completed by you and, for couples counselling and family counselling, by the others having counselling with you. Your answers to these questions will enable me to assess and advise you if therapy online is the most appropriate method of counselling for you and your family member(s).

If you aren't sure which counselling service is right for you and your situation, or if you have any questions for me, please get in touch and we can discuss the available options.

Have you noticed that your relationships seem to follow the same patterns, or you are finding it difficult to initiate or maintain a relationship? If so, then individual relationship counselling can help you to understand why this is happening and help you break these unhealthy patterns of relating.
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Couples counselling can be helpful at any time in a couple's relationship but especially at times when trust is broken, or arguments are becoming more frequent. It may be that communication is poor or you feel the relationship is stuck in bad patterns or emotional or physical intimacy has diminished. If you relate to any of these, having someone to listen and empathise can support your journey to a more fulfilling and healthier relationship.
Supervision is a core element of our counselling practice and a requirement of our professional bodies. Clinical supervision is a collaborative process between the supervisor and supervisee and provides an opportunity to explore personal and professional issues in a safe and enabling environment.  It acts as a safeguard for our clients to ensure that we are providing the best possible service to them.