CICS Founding Director and Principal, Course Director Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy, Course Director Professional Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy
Julie is CICS Founding Director and Principal. She is a UKCP Registered and Accredited general psychotherapist, COSRT Senior Accredited Sex and Relationship Therapist and COSRT Accredited Clinical Supervisor. She has extensive experience working with sex and relationship themes both in the NHS and in private practice. She is Clinical Director of Sex Therapy Herts and has a busy private therapy and supervision practice. Julie is a Pink Therapy endorsed GSRD Aware Trainer.
Course Director Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice
Dan is an COSRT accredited psychosexual and relationship therapist, registered supervisor and BACP registered therapist. He runs his own private practice in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire.
Dan’s core training is humanistic and he practices from a pluralistic approach, utilising person-centred, CBT and psychodynamic therapies with individual clients and couples.
He has previously provided counselling at CRI Spectrum supporting people with addictions, St Albans Hospital Sexual Health Clinic, the Local Counselling Centre and Woodbridge Therapy.
Prior to teaching at CICS, Dan taught on the counselling diploma at Barnet College, North London.
Course Director Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Faculty Member Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy: Culture and Intimate Partner Violence
Rima is a COSRT accredited and UKCP registered Relationship and Psychosexual psychotherapist. She works with individuals and intimate and non intimate couples. Rima is a qualified clinical supervisor and supervises privately for trainees, qualified therapists and for Relate. Rima is an executive committee member of the College for Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapy (CSRP), UKCP.
During the 24 years career in the NHS, Rima has worked in sexual and reproductive health, NHS commissioning and in senior management. She was sponsored by the NHS to undertake the MBA programme with the DeMontfort University. She was seconded to the Department of Health and the Home Office to develop the national roll out for the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) following successfully leading the pilot in London (SARC - Havens). She received commendation from the Asst Commissioner of London Metropolitan Police for this work.
Course Director Diploma in Compulsive Sexual Behaviour, Course Director Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Faculty Member Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy: Compulsive Sexual Behaviour
Silva Neves is a COSRT accredited psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, a trauma psychotherapist and an EMDR therapist working in his Central London private practice and online. He sees individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues.
Silva specialises in working with sexual trauma, infidelity and compulsive sexual behaviours. He works extensively with the LGBTQ community as well as the heterosexual population.
Silva is a clinical supervisor offering psychosexual and relationship therapy, trauma therapy and compulsive sexual behaviour treatment supervision and ad-hoc supervision. He is a faculty member of IOSS (International Online Sexology Supervisors).
Silva delivers a range of trainings on psychosexual and relationship therapy, trauma therapy and compulsive sexual behaviour treatment. He is an accreditation assessor for COSRT.
Silva often contributes to articles on various sex and relationship topics and recently featured in the BBC programme Sex On The Couch.
Silva is the author of Compulsive Sexual Behaviours. A Psychosexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians. He often contributes to articles on various sex and relationship topics and recently featured in the BBC programme Sex On The Couch.
Course Director Certificate in Contemporary Intimate Partner Therapy
As well as being a COSRT Accredited Sex and Relationship Therapist, Krystal is also a qualified nurse and is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Krystal is the Director of Local Counselling Centre (LCC), a high quality, accessible counselling service to local communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Krystal is a former winner of the national COSRT post-graduate award for her work in the field of psychosexual therapy and has a specialist interest in the dynamics of intimate partner therapy.
CICS brings together specialists in the field of clinical sexology and relationship therapy to ensure that our programmes are informed by professionals with specific and extensive experience.
Beck is a registered psychosexual and relationship therapist with COSRT. They specialise in gender, sexuality, relationship diversity (GSRD), kink and fetish. Beck identifies as non-binary, queer, and polyamorous.
Beck's career path began with training in journalism, which led them to become involved in queer communities in the North East. They started writing extensively about consent, sex education, and identity, and subsequently decided to pursue a career in therapy.
In their therapy practice, Beck primarily works with those in queer and non-monogamous relationships, as well as trans and non-binary individuals. They are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore and identify their authentic selves.
Beck is passionate about educating and supporting students throughout their training, as well as providing therapists with the skills and knowledge to confidently work with diverse sexual and relationship orientations.
Catriona Boffard is a Clinical Sexologist, Psychotherapist, and Sexuality Researcher. She is an accredited member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists and the UK Council for Psychotherapists. Catriona has two Masters degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and from the University of Sydney, Australia. She further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT from Royal Holloway University of London. She holds the European certification as a psycho-sexologist with the European Society of Sexual Medicine and European Federation of Sexology. She has been a member of the My Sexual Health team lead by Dr Elna Rudolph for over ten years, and she is currently undertaking her doctorate in psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
May is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist. Her approach follows the bio-psycho-socio model and is inclusive of gender, sexual and relationship diversity. May is an Accredited Member with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), is Registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and is a Registered member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). May is a graduate of the CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy programme.
Rosemary is a COSRT Registered Sex and Relationship Therapist and a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Rosemary has a background in sexual and reproductive health and has worked as a lead nurse, service manager, and Matron for non-profit organisations, the NHS and online digital healthcare providers.
In her private practice, Rosemary is passionate about self-love, self-care, and self-compassion supporting clients to build an effective self-care routine as a foundation to maintain well-being. She has a special interest in race, gender, sexuality, and theology.
Christopher is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), and Registered Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist and Supervisor with COSRT. His postgraduate training includes an MSc in Health Psychology from UCL, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Essex and a Diploma in Clinical Sexology from CICS. He is currently working towards a postgraduate qualification in Clinical and Medical Education that will lead to becoming a Fellow of Advanced Higher Education.
Christopher currently works as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. He also holds a lectureship at the University of Essex, where he supervises doctoral level research and contributes to teaching on clinical health psychology. In addition to his academic posts, he works part-time in the NHS where is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychosexual Service Lead at the world leading 56 Dean Street clinic. He also has a small private practice, which is predominantly focused on sex and relationship therapy.
Christopher has a specialist interest in compulsive sexual behaviours and ChemSex. Prior to his role at 56 Dean Street, he led the high risk sexual behaviour and ChemSex pathway at the Royal London Hospital. He also has a specialist interest in anxiety disorders affecting gay and bisexual men, such as HIV health anxiety. This prompted him to conduct research into the psychological and psychosexual impact of PrEP in gay and bisexual men who struggled with HIV health anxiety.
Imogen is an integrative therapist with a specialism in psychosexual and relationship therapy. She works as a teaching assistant and doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester and has published work on mental health and counselling including kink-aware psychotherapy practice. She is an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and a registered member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). Imogen is a graduate of the CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy Programme.
Natasha Anderson-Foster is a senior COSRT accredited psychosexual psychotherapist, a UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist, and an EMDR therapist working in private practice and within the NHS in the West Midlands as a sexual health specialist. She sees individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues. She is an executive committee member of CSRP, and a member of the Black and Asian Therapist Network.
Natasha has over 15 year experienced in working with clients presenting with FGM/c, rape and sexual violence, HIV, compulsive sexual behaviours, and is particularly interested in psychosexual issues experienced by black people and anti-discriminatory practice.
Natasha and has delivered workshops on how therapist can open the space for clients to share their experience of racism. She has also been internationally interviewed (South Africa, Canada) exploring historic and current psychosexual and sexual health issue in Black Caribbean and Black African communities.
Natasha is a COSRT registered clinical supervisor, offering psychosexual and specialist sexual health supervision: utalkaboutit.co.uk
Tim Blackstone is a Liverpool based COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Therapist. Working for the Abacus Sexual Health Service, part of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, he sees patients with a wide range of sexual dysfunctions and relationship problems. He also set up and co-ordinates the Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Trans Support Service (TSS) for patients with gender related issues. He was a founder member of the So To Speak Sex and Relationship Education and Outreach Team and has delivered SRE to vulnerable young people across Merseyside for over 18 years. He also writes and delivers SRE training packages to professionals working in educational and care settings. Having previously been on the board of trustees for the Merseyside Brook Advisory Service, he now holds a similar role with COSRT.
Dominic Davies is the Founder of Pink Therapy. He has been in practice as a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and clinical supervisor for almost forty years, pioneering in the UK the development of working with Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities (GSRD) as a new specialist field of clinical practice. Dominic adopts a norm-critical, kink-knowledgable and sex-positive stance to his work.
Dominic is a Fellow of both the National Council for Psychotherapy and the National Counselling Society. He directs an international training programme for qualified mental health professionals in GSRD therapy worldwide and regularly presents at national and international conferences on the importance of specialised training to work with GSRD clients. He has won several awards for his work in sexual freedom and mental health.
Michelle Donald is a COSRT Senior Accredited Psychosexual Therapist and her expertise is in the areas of sexual issues related to spinal cord injury (SCI) and the strains on a relationship that SCI may bring.
Michelle’s long-term aim is focused on the development of a comprehensive sexual education programmes within rehabilitation centres and care agencies. She currently provides education and therapy programmes to patients and staff at Southport Spinal Centre and The Sue Ryder Neurological Centre in Preston to enable staff to feel more comfortable in opening up these conversations and for patients, help with feelings about embarking on a different intimate life.
Michelle also Volunteers for The Back Up Trust, a Spinal Injuries Charity, helping with putting together the on line sexuality learning. She works closely with Enhance the UK, working to change societies view on disability and SHADA (Sexual Health and Disability Alliance) with a keen interest in making sexual services available and accessible to all disabilities.
Lisa Etherson is a Psychosexual Therapist and PhD researcher.
Lisa is a qualified psychosexual therapist who has run a busy private practice for over a decade. She works with couples and individuals and has a particular interest in compulsive sexual behaviour.
Before retraining, Lisa was a registered nurse who specialised in working with drug injectors and blood borne viruses, such as Hep B, C and HIV.
Lisa is currently undertaking a PhD in shame, relational trauma and compulsive sexual behaviour. As a result of her PhD, Lisa has developed Shame Containment Theory, a new way of understanding and working with shame.
Kirstie is a registered member of BACP and a Pink Therapy Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist. Kirstie works as both a general counsellor and a specialist psychosexual psychotherapist in private practice.
Before training in counselling, Kirstie spent 32 years in the construction and development industry as a Project Manager and Health and Safety advisor/trainer. She owned and ran her own consultancy for five years before joining a medium-sized architectural practice, achieving the position of Regional and Main Board Director.
Kirstie describes spending most of her life feeling incomplete. She knew that, in living the life of a man, she was not being true either to herself or to her family. She started her journey of transition when she was 50 and completed this five years later. She now lives a happy and fulfilling life. It was her own experiences during the process of transition which drew her to therapy as a new profession; one which she has fully embraced.
As part of her therapeutic healing she wrote her autobiography “Just One Letter”, which was published in November 2011.
She has a special interest in gender and sexual diversity, a topic which is close to her heart in relation to her own individual journey in life.
Tracey Sainsbury is a fertility counsellor accredited by the British Infertility Counselling Association, providing counselling for support and implications counselling ahead of treatment for patients and donors. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for Fertility Network UK, and designs and facilitates training in fertility for the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists. Her first book, ‘Making Friends with your Fertility’ was published in October 2017 and she has a chapter on Egg Freezing included in ‘The Specialists’ Guide to IVF’, due for publication in 2018.
Tracey has over 15 years’ experience in the fertility sector, speaking regularly at conferences, both for professional and public audiences and is a regular contributor to fertility podcasts. Prior to working within a clinic setting she worked with fertility charities and on committees for the HFEA, Fertility Network and the National Infertility Awareness Campaign and served on the Executive Committee of the British Infertility Counselling Association for 4 years.
Tracey feels passionately about the provision of exceptional care for patients making fertility related decisions and accessing assisted conception treatment, she believes that getting it right for the patient in terms of support, from the moment they step foot through to the door, makes sound business sense.
Angela is a GP, British Menopause Society trained Advanced Menopause Specialist and Clinical Sexologist. She has a background in Palliative Medicine and spent over ten years working in a hospice, involved in both inpatient and community care of the dying and those living with life-limiting illnesses. This gave her plenty of chance to practice her skills in having difficult conversations, and to learn the value of a holistic, bio-psycho-social approach to problems.
Having become frustrated at not having the right skills to help patients who were struggling with sexual dysfunction as a result of their medical issues, she trained in Clinical Sexology with CICS. She enjoyed the subject so much that she went on to attend the ESSM Advanced School of Sexual Medicine. She is now a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine. Angela is also a member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and the National Association for Premenstrual Syndromes.
Angela currently spends half her week working in her surgery in North Yorkshire, taking a lead on women’s health and sexual health. She also works in an NHS clinic in Hull, taking referrals for women with complex menopause problems, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and sexual dysfunction.
Hazel is a specialist in Divorce and Family Law. For some 40 years, she worked as a solicitor, gaining accreditations and regularly named as a leading lawyer in numerous journals and guides. She was an early adopter of and advocate for working in a collaborative way, with a commitment not to take a case to court. For the last 30 years she has also worked as an accredited mediator.
She gained considerable experience in advising people whose relationships had broken down. Her main work was in financial disputes, or where there were issues relating to children. Many of her clients had international connections in jurisdictions where quite different laws might apply.
Professionally, her aim was to try to sort matters out without going to court, always mindful of the impact of such proceedings on adults and children. In pursuit of that goal, she worked increasingly closely with colleagues in relevant professions to form teams to support, guide and represent clients. Those included therapists and counsellors, tax barristers and immigration practitioners and many others. In court, she was noted as tenacious and tough, going the extra mile for her clients.
Since her retirement from the law in 2019, she has increased her teaching of private family law, mainly working in the charitable sector. She maintains a small mediation practice.
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