Joanna Benfield Sex Therapy and Relationship Counselling Harley Street, Central London, and Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

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Coronavirus Update

Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak, I am working with my existing clients online and via telephone. I am currently fully booked but hope to be able to see a limited number of new clients online from December 2021.

Sex Therapy and Couples' Counselling

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

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Counselling Services

I work with my 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 Me

As a prominent expert in 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.

The short video below gives prospective clients a sense of my approach to sex therapy.


When choosing a sex 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.


My consulting rooms are situated in Harley Street, Central London, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, and in Barnes, southwest London. The Harley Street clinic is within easy walking distance of Oxford Circus and Bond Street underground stations. 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.

In addition to seeing clients at my three clinics, I also work 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. I am currently working successfully with many expat clients in France, Monaco and other European countries, and I have a depth of experience of working with the specific challenges of cross-cultural relationships.

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.

“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
Harley Street, Central London - Kingston upon Thames, Surrey - Barnes, Southwest London

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