About me

Life and career

I’ve been an author, journalist and broadcaster in the UK and abroad. I’ve spent a number of years promoting sexual awareness through the arts and media.

Continuing Professional Development

The research I did as part of my Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of East London has now been published in a peer reviewed journal: Sexual and Relationship Therapy, part of Taylor & Francis. How can therapists and other healthcare practitioners best support and validate their queer menopausal clients?

I have regularly attended Pink Therapy’s ‘Advanced Clinical Discussions: Kink’ since 2013. In 2017-18 I attended a six-month long cycle of group supervision sessions focused on Out Of Control Sexual Behaviour, run by Dominic Davies and Doug Braun-Harvey.

In 2014 I started The London Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Practice. Six of us offer counselling, psychotherapy, mentoring and consultancy with a GSRD focus. We also offer training on a wide range of topics to media, charities and training organisations.

To keep my practice up to date, I read books and journals and attend conferences and seminars. Here is a selection of CPD from the last two years:

  • Confer: Valerie Sinason – the truth about trauma and dissociation
  • Confer: the Race Conversation
  • Pink Therapy: Freedom to be Queer in UK – at what cost?
  • Pink Therapy: How do therapists and clients manage their self-care in GSRD hostile environments?
  • Feminist Studies Association: Feminist Perspectives on Neurodiversity and Neuronormativity
  • Confer: Working with Toxic Shame
  • Pink Therapy November 2020: Four seminars on Non-Monogamy
  • BME Voices: Black Trauma in the Therapy Room
  • TASHRA training: The Psychobiology of Kink
  • Confer online conference module: Post-Slavery Syndrome
  • Radical Therapists Network: Resting in grief and creatively processing shame
  • TASHRA training: Clinical Training Workshop:  Kink-claiming the Trauma: From Sexual Assault to Sexual Empowerment
  • Pink Therapy – Kink on Pink – Living and Working in Kink Communities
  • Pink Therapy – Kink on Pink – Understanding Adult Baby And Diaper Lovers
  • CICS – Working with Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Carolyn Spring – Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
  • Carolyn Spring – Dissociation and DID – The Fundamentals
  • Pink Therapy: Queer Desire
  • Confer: A Couple State of Mind: Insights into Couple Relating and Therapeutic Work with Couples
  • Confer: Queering Psychotherapy
  • Pink Therapy: Intersecting Identities
  • Confer: The Use of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy

Training given/Events/Facilitation

  • When the Kinks Won’t Sync – Working with Mismatched Desires in Kink Relationships – part of Pink Therapy’s Kink on Pink season.
  • Queer Menopause – Where Gender, Sexuality and Age Collide (talk) at the Pink Therapy Queer Desire Conference.
  • ‘Menopause, Sex and Hormones’ (talk) at Transitional States at Birkbeck in May 2018. (In 2018 I was on the advisory board of Pharmacosexuality: The Past, Present and Future of Sex on Drugs, a new research project funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Sciences.) 
  • I have trained other therapists about gender/sexual diversity in the therapy room.
  • ‘The Sex Escalator’ (talk) at Hackney Attic.
  • I have solo facilitated, and held space for other teachers, at a number of experiential workshops.
  • I organised a section of Beyond The Rainbow, Pink Therapy’s 2015 conference for therapists of all genders and sexualities. (Keynote videos here.)
  • I have provided counselling services at festivals.

Previous employment

  • Honorary Psychotherapist, Bexley Psychotherapy Service, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2012-14). Two years clinical placement at a highly respected NHS Trust.
  • Counsellor, The Centre for Better Health, Hackney (2012-13). A year providing counselling for established community organisation that is also a social enterprise and community hub.

Qualifications

Memberships/Accreditations

Accredited Voluntary Register

Directories

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You can contact me here.