Joanna Benfield Sex Therapy and Relationship Counselling Online and in Kingston upon Thames & Barnes

Coronavirus Update

Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak, Joanna is working with her existing clients online and via telephone. She is also available to see new clients. This is a very difficult time for everyone and can place pressure on individuals who are isolated from their usual social contacts, as well as on couples. Couples may find themselves struggling as a result of enforced confinement, financial and employment worries and childcare pressures. Joanna is happy to offer help and support through these unprecedented challenges.

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Sex Therapy and Couples' Counselling

Joanna offers a counselling service to men, women and couples looking to improve their sex lives and their relationships. She provides a safe, open and shame-free environment in which all sexual and relationship issues can be discussed. Her main areas of work include: low desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, inability to reach orgasm, sexuality, porn addiction and sex addiction. Joanna also provides supervision for therapists working in the areas of psychosexual therapy and couples' counselling.

Joanna's consulting rooms are situated in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, and in Barnes, southwest London. The Kingston clinic is situated a 5-minute walk away from Kingston station, which is easily accessible from Wimbledon, Richmond, Clapham and Central London, as well as from Surrey. The Barnes clinic is within easy reach of Barnes Bridge and Barnes stations, and will suit clients living or working in Putney, Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith and other areas of southwest London.

Joanna also works with clients worldwide online, via Skype, Zoom and FaceTime, and by telephone. This may work particularly well if you are an expat living abroad, if you are unable to travel or you prefer the flexibility of working online. Research has shown that online therapy produces similar outcomes to face-to-face therapy and that clients are predominantly satisfied with working in this way.

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Counselling Services

Joanna works with her clients to:

  • Improve personal relationships
  • Enhance compatibility
  • Increase confidence
  • Resolve sexual problems
  • Address sex addiction
  • Address differences in levels of sexual desire
  • Explore sexual identities
  • Come to terms with fertility difficulties
  • Deal with changes associated with pregnancy and birth
  • Work through the aftermath of affairs
  • Take decisions about the future of relationships

About Joanna

Joanna is a prominent expert in her field and is often approached by the media for advice on sex and relationship issues. She has been featured in Marie Claire, Men's Health, Women's Health, Top Sante, Glamour, 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 co-edited the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction, published by Taylor and Francis in 2017. She has also written a number of academic papers on the treatment of sex addiction, which have been published in the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, the BACP Private Practice Journal and the BACP Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal. She is currently in the process of writing a sex addiction self-help book that can be used alongside therapy.

Joanna was the winner of the 'Psychosexual Therapist of the Year (UK)' award in the prestigious GHP Women in Health Awards 2017.

Joanna has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with distinction), with a specialisation in the treatment of sex addiction. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (with distinction) and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Additional qualifications include a Diploma in Integrative Supervision and certificates in psychological coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution focused therapy. For further information, please see the 'About Me' section of this website. The short video below gives prospective clients a sense of Joanna's approach to sex therapy.

Professional Membership

As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and a Qualified Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC), Joanna abides by strict codes of ethics. This means that all information shared by the client during the counselling process is strictly confidential (within the limits of the law). Joanna abides by the supervision and professional development requirements of her professional bodies.

“Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull… Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill” - Henry Louis Mencken

Joanna Benfield - Sex Therapist, Sex Addiction Therapist and Couples Counsellor
Kingston upon Thames - Barnes - Surrey - Southwest London

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