Simon Wilson CICS

Simon Wilson

Pastoral Lead, Foundation Course Director & Lead Tutor

Simon is a registered member of BACP and FDAP (Federation for Drug and Alcohol Practitioners) and works as the Senior Therapist on the Addiction Treatment Programme at The Priory Hospital North London where he provides individual and group therapy for behavioural and substance addictions. He also has a private practise specialising in Out of Control Sexual Behaviours.

He is trained to work with individuals, couples and groups and has a pluralistic approach utilising Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy and DBT.

Previously he has held various roles in addiction treatment centres, rehabs and in the community with clients who have a history of sexual offending or a dual diagnosis of personality disorder and addiction.

He has designed and delivered CPD for various counselling organisations and prior to training as a therapist he held Learning and Development, Coaching and Management roles in the corporate sector.

Julie Sale Director CICS

Julie Sale

Diploma Course Director

Julie is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She currently represents COSRT on the national Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy group, working towards establishing standards of education and practice in gender, sexual and relationship diversity in the health professions across the UK.

As well as running her own busy private practice, Julie is Clinical Director of Contemporary Psychotherapy Services Ltd which holds the NHS contract for the provision of psychosexual psychotherapy in Hertfordshire as well as offering general, sex and relationship therapy to self-referring clients.

Julie is a teaching faculty member and Research Supervisor for the BeeLeaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy running annual trainings on anxiety, OCD and human sexual development.

Our Faculty

CICS brings together specialists in the field of clinical sexology to teach the Diploma syllabus, ensuring that specific aspects of the course are lead by a professional with extensive experience in that particular field.

Tim Blackstone CICS

Tim Blackstone

Tutor Sexual Health

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.

Sarah Collings CICS

Sarah Collings

Tutor Disability Diversity

Sarah was formerly an AHPP accredited humanistic-integrative psychotherapist, and COSRT accredited psychosexual psychotherapist, and UKCP registered since 2000. She worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice ,  primary and secondary care and  in the Third Sector since 1995. She has been on the executive committee of CSRP for 5 years and chaired the then Membership and  Accreditation committee at AHPP from 2012-2016.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, it transpired it was in fact Multiple System Atrophy, a more aggressive degenerative neurological illness. Sarah has therefore had to retire from clinical practice, but still has interest in contributing to the professional field especially around her longstanding interests in sexuality, disability and diversity. This has included working in HIV organisations as a counsellor, with parents of children with disabilities, in a African Wellwoman clinic, where a large percentage had female circumcision, and then undertaking research for an MPhil in a gastrointestinal clinic on the biographic narrative of women with incontinence. Sarah never thought that in a space of two years she would herself become disabled in need of twenty four hour care…

Rima Hawkins CICS

Rima Hawkins

Tutor Disability and Cultural Diversity

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.

Professor Michael Kirby CICS

Professor Michael Kirby FRCP

Medical Advisor Tutor Bio-Medical

Professor Michael Kirby worked as a GP in Letchworth, Hertfordshire from 1973 until 2007, and was Director of HertNet (the Hertfordshire Primary Care Research Network) from 1998 until 2007, and Consultant to the Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Hertfordshire.

He held two cardiology sessions at the local District General Hospital throughout his GP career, and provided an echocardiography service for the local practices.

He is now Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Hertfordshire, and previously, Visiting Professor to the Institute of Diabetes for Older People, (IDOP) at the University of Bedfordshire. He is an International lecturer on Men’s Health.

Since 2007 and currently, his clinical work is at The Prostate Centre in London, where he deals with complex medical problems.

Professor Kirby is an Associate Member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He has been an active member of the Department of Health Prostate Cancer Risk Management Working Party and the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group, also, advisor to the Sexual Dysfunction Association.  He is a longstanding member and treasurer of the British Society of Sexual Medicine.

His special interests include cardiology, diabetes, osteoporosis, men’s health, urology, sexual problems and medical education.

He is Editor in Chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, on the editorial board of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing, the British Journal of Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He has also held membership of several NHS advisory boards.  He has published more than 400 clinical papers and 30 books.

Sophie Livingstone CICS

Sophie Livingstone

Tutor Out of Control Sexual Behaviour

Sophie is a BACP Senior Accredited and UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist and supervisor, and a COSRT and ATSAC registered Psychosexual and Relationship therapist.  Over the years she has worked in the low-cost therapy sector, the NHS and London Ambulance Service, and more recently in a clinic treating people for out of control sexual behaviours (sexual compulsivity/addiction).  An article she wrote about women struggling with sexual compulsivity was published in Therapy Today.  She now maintains a busy private practice seeing adults and couples with a wide variety of presentations, though still with a high number of people struggling with complex sexual behaviours. She is also involved in training and supervising students at The Minster Centre, an integrative psychotherapy training.

Sophie has a passion for relating theory to practice.  Her approach and response to clients is informed by neuroscience, trauma theory, behavioural psychology, contemporary relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory which all offer deep, compelling and useful ways of understanding why we feel and behave in the ways we do.  Ultimately, though, she believes in being very human with those who seek her help, with curiosity, compassion, respect, challenge when necessary; and gentle humour for the curveballs, paradoxes and complexities life can throw at us all.

Kirstie McEwan CICS

Kirstie McEwan

Tutor Sexual and Gender Diversity

Kirstie is a registered member of BACP, an accredited member of COSRT and works as both a general counsellor and a specialist psychosexual psychotherapist for the NHS, Local Counselling Centre and 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. 

Kirstie is a trustee of COSRT and a member of the Media Team. She was invited to sit on the National Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy group and continues to be a representative of this group as the memorandum is now being implemented by the signatory organisations. 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 CICS

Tracey Sainsbury

Tutor Fertility

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.

Dr Andrew Smith CICS

Dr Andrew Smith

Tutor for Sexual Offending

Dr Andrew Smith has worked in the area of sex offending as an expert witness for twelve years, first with Ray Wyre Associates, then with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation from 2006 until 2015. He was awarded a PhD by Cardiff University in 2010 for research on strengths-based approaches to sex offending, and is a regular contributor to journals and books. 

He is a qualified probation officer and counsellor, a registered member of the BACP and a member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity). He works on a consultancy basis for social services departments throughout the UK, assessing persons posing a sexual risk and the ability of parents to protect children from risk, delivering therapeutic safeguarding packages to individuals and families. In addition, he regularly trains counsellors and therapists to work with individuals posing a sexual risk, for StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending). 

He has his own counselling and training practice, SafeRelate, maintaining a dual client base of individuals who have sexual offending problems and clients who present with sexual addiction and compulsivity difficulties.

The CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology incorporates the foundation training required to work as a StopSo therapist.

Hazel Wright CICS

Hazel Wright

Tutor for Sex and Relationship Law

I am a specialist in Family law. I work as a solicitor and as a mediator. I have wide expertise and considerable experience in acting for people whose relationships have broken down. My main work is in financial disputes, or where there are issues relating to children. Many of my clients have international connections, and I am used to working alongside colleagues in other jurisdictions. I often work as part of a team with other professional advisors. I try where possible to keep matters out of court, but where that is not possible, I am tough and tenacious in using the court system, from my office which is 100 meters from the main London family court. I also work as an accredited mediator, and within collaborative law - where the aim is to help people to reach binding agreements without using the courts as part of the negotiation.

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