About Joanna Benfield
Joanna Benfield is an Integrative Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist. She has completed an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has a Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Counselling (with distinction) and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Joanna also has a Diploma in Integrative Supervision and is trained in person-centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution-focused therapy. As part of her continued professional development, Joanna is about to embark on a PhD, researching psychological interventions for women trafficked into prostitution. She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and an Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
Joanna is often approached by the media for advice on sex and relationships and has been featured in Marie Claire, Men's Health, Women's Health, Top Sante, Look and Woman magazines, as well as BBC Radio Five Live's 'Men's Hour'. Her first book, Three in a Bed: Conversations with a Sex Therapist, was published by Harper Collins in January 2016. Joanna is also co-editor of the International Handbook of Sexual Addiction, published by Routledge in 2017. She is also the editor of the BACP Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Joanna was named 'Psychosexual Therapist of the Year' in the 2017 GHP Women in Health Awards.
Prior to becoming a Psychotherapist and Psychosexual Therapist, Joanna had a long career in international politics. She has worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, and has lived in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Joanna abides by the codes of ethics of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).