Joanna Benfield Sex Addiction Therapist Harley Street, Central London, and Online

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Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak, I am only working online and via telephone.


Sex Addiction Therapy

Sex is a natural, normal and enjoyable part of our lives, but sometimes it can become something that feels out of control, damaging and destructive. Sometimes people find themselves addicted to porn, watching it for hours every day and, as a result, their work and their relationships suffer. Others become addicted to having sex with strangers or with escorts. They find themselves spending huge amounts of money, putting themselves and their partners at risk of sexually transmitted diseases and damaging their relationships. When sex feels like it has become out of control, then it is time to seek help.

As a leading expert on sex addiction and porn addiction, I work with individuals struggling with compulsive sexual behaviours. I deliver treatment programmes at my clinic in Harley Street, Central London, as well as providing online therapy. I provide an innovative treatment programme for sex addicts, based upon a range of therapeutic approaches that have been proven to work. Sex addiction is usually a maladjusted way of managing difficult emotions, and I help clients to understand why they are using sex in a compulsive manner, so that they can get to the bottom of their addiction. I work with them on a programme designed to stop harmful sexual behaviour and to redevelop a healthy relationship with sex.


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Therapy Services

I work with my clients to help them:

  • Stop harmful sexual behaviours
  • Set goals for recovery
  • Understand the underlying causes of their behaviours
  • Develop new strategies for living
  • Repair damaged relationships
  • Develop healthy sexual relationships
  • Develop relapse prevention strategies


For a short video introduction to my work, please click here


About Me

As an experienced psychosexual and relationship therapist, I have worked with hundreds of clients struggling with sex addiction and porn addiction. A prominent expert in both the sex therapy and sex addiction fields, I am often approached by the media for advice on sex and relationship issues. I have 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'. My first book, Three in a Bed: Conversations with a Sex Therapist, was published by Harper Collins in January 2016. I co-edited the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction, published by Taylor and Francis in 2017, and have 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. At present, I am writing a sex addiction self-help book that can be used by clients alongside therapy.

In 2017, I was very honoured to win the 'Psychosexual Therapist of the Year (UK)' award in the prestigious GHP Women in Health Awards.


Qualifications

When choosing a sex addiction therapist, it is important to know that they are properly qualified. In addition to having over ten years' experience of working in this field, I have an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with distinction), with a specialisation in the treatment of sex addiction. I also have 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 trauma treatment, psychological coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution focused therapy. For further information, please see the 'About Me' section of this website.


Location

My consulting rooms are situated at 1 Harley Street, in Central London. The Harley Street clinic is within easy walking distance of Oxford Circus and Bond Street underground stations.

In addition to seeing clients at my clinic, I also work with individuals worldwide online, via Skype, Zoom and FaceTime, and by telephone. This may work particularly well if you live in another part of the UK, if you are an expat living abroad, if you are unable to travel or you simply 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.

To arrange an initial consultation session, please click here.


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), I abide 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). I also adhere to the supervision and professional development requirements of my professional bodies.


“It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” - Edgar Allan Poe




Joanna Benfield - Sex Addiction Therapist
Harley Street, Central London & Online

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