Art Therapy & Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviours – CPD Distinguished Speaker Workshop

Announcement of Workshop: Friday, 23 February, 2018, London

Francesca Hall, integrative arts psychotherapist delivers the highly sought after workshop on using art therapy in working with clients and their partners struggling through the effects of compulsive sexual behaviours.  Using a combination of case studies and hands on art tools, participants will gain greater confidence and competence and

  • Understand the principles of art therapy
  • Experience art psychotherapy in a group setting
  • Learn an integrative approach to compulsive sexual behaviours
  • Understanding the attachment, shame and trauma in compulsive sexual behaviours
  • Understand the theories applied to art therapy and compulsive sexual behaviours
  • Experience the use of creativity in the therapy room

Workshop Details: 10:00 am- 15:30 pm

Venue:  Holiday Inn, Oxford Circus, 57-59 Welbeck St, Marylebone, London W1G 9BL, 020 7935 4442

Participant Fee:  100 GBP (90 GBP for COSRT and ATSAC members)

Booking (please contact) – Limited spaces:  Cecily Criminale, Director of Education, 020 7224 3532,

About Francesca Hall (Advanced Diploma Institute of Therapy and Education. Integrative Supervision Metanoia Institute. U.K.C.P accredited, B.A.A.T and H.C.P.C registered)   

Francesca is an integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She has been in private practice for 20 years, in North West London. Francesca combines the application of the arts within a psychoanalytical framework. She devised the integrative arts course for the intermediate group for the Marylebone Centre. She has extensive experience working with both adults with addiction and children in care for Ealing social services, currently specialising in working with partners of people with sexual compulsion. This covers co-dependence, eating disorders, depression and trauma.  Trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, her previous decade as a professional actress helps in her work on understanding creative expression.  Francesca brings focus to the importance of the connection between creativity and psychotherapy.  

Introduction to Psychosexual Medicine – CPD Distinguished Speaker Workshop

Announcement of Workshop: Friday, 26 January, 2018, London

Dr Fiona Cowan, co-author of the forthcoming textbook Introduction to Psychosexual Medicine and Diplomate of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine is delivering a half day workshop on Psychosexual Medicine.  Participants on this CPD course will gain competence and confidence in this introduction to psychosexual medicine including:

  •  Presentation and management of patients
  • Importance of past history & life events
  • Skills of psychosexual medicine
  • Psychosexual medicine in clinical practice: general practice, genitourinary medicine and gynaecology clinics
  • Common disorders in psychosexual medicine including:
    • Vaginismus and non-consummation
    • Lack of sexual desire
    • Problems with female orgasm
    • Painful intercourse
    • Erectile dysfunction/problems with ejaculation 

Workshop Details: 9:30 am- 12:45 pm

Venue:  Holiday Inn, Oxford Circus, 57-59 Welbeck St, Marylebone, London W1G 9BL, 020 7935 4442

Participant Fee:  55 GBP (50 GBP for IPM, COSRT, and ATSAC members)

Booking (please contact) – Limited spaces:  Cecily Criminale, Director of Education, 020 7224 3532,

About Dr Cowan (BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCOG DiIPM)

  • Diplomate – Institute for Psychosexual Medicine Winner best oral presentation Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists World Congress (2016)
  • Author – British Medical Journal on development of mentoring scheme for junior obstetric and gynaecologic trainees
  • Co-author (2018) Introduction to Psychosexual Medicine
  • Senior Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


The Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction – NEW!

The Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction

Each chapter in this comprehensive reference guide is written by leading international experts in the field of sex addiction, compulsive sexual behaviours and out of control sexual behaviours.  Complimentary and contrasting views both for and against the concept of sex addiction are included.  Multiple chapters on sex addiction presentations, aetiology, and treatment of sex addiction are written by researchers, theorists, and clinical practicioners.  Additional chapters highlight sex addiction in specific populations (MSM, adolescents, women, female partners, sex offenders, religious sector, and in professional misconduct).   This research-based collection covering diverse aspects of sex addiction includes the views of experts who challenge and present alternative clinical and social views to ‘sex addiction’.  Link to our Blog to gain more insight from our highly esteemed colleagues and handbook authors.

Men’s Group – Starting 16 October

Sex Addiction / Compulsive Sexual Behaviour – Men’s Group

The experience of being in a group discussing and exploring compulsive sexual behaviours can be one of the most powerful aspects of recovery.  The next group begins on 16 October.  A small group made up of no more than around ten men, we meet each week for 12 weeks (and one weekend).  We help you understand the addictive cycle and the neuroscience behind them. Then we provide the option to explore where the compulsive behaviour came from and what it is providing.  In the group, you’ll make a sex plan to help avoid relapse and gain a sexually satisfying, healthy life.

CBT for Health Care Professionals

The Marylebone Centre for Psychological Therapies is delighted to announce a new service to provide cognitive behaviour therapy to health care professionals.  Doctors are more likely than any other professionals to experience mental health problems (BMJ 2008;337:a2527).  The pressure of training, time, and trying to balance work and personal life can take its toll.  Stress, burnout, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, and alcohol misuse are common where depression and anxiety are no longer manageable.  We are pleased to offer health care professionals a safe, confidential place to talk about the pressures of work and the impact on health and life.  

We welcome Dr Neema Chudasama to head our Health Care Professional Department.  Neema is a medically trained health professional and a cognitive behavioural therapist who specialises in helping professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists, etc.) who are experiencing the impacts of work related stress. Neema holds a medical degree from King’s College London. She has held a senior role both within the NHS and in private therapy services as a cognitive behavioural therapist.  Neema specialises in CBT for healthcare professionals suffering from work related stress and demands, and in CBT for long term medical conditions.  She treats a range of presentations including depression and anxiety disorders.  Contact us for additional information.


OCD Treatment Group

The OCD treatment group is a 12 week programme designed to help you better cope with and manage your current symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques the group will explore the theory surrounding OCD and help you to understand your problem from a theoretical point of view. We will look at what is maintaining your OCD and formulate your OCD symptoms which will help you to understand how we can manage them. Weekly you will learn a range of cognitive and behavioural techniques which we will build upon, each week you will be set homework related to the topic of that week which will aid your understanding and your recovery.

Get Grounded! – New Mindfulness Group Now Open

Get Grounded is a 12 week programme which will teach you techniques to be able to better cope with stress and improve your well-being. The programme will introduce practical Mindfulness based techniques which will help to transform your everyday life and help you develop a greater understanding of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.  By increasing your awareness you will become less likely to react in your current automatic response and be able to react in a more positive and balanced way. The range of discussions, practices and techniques will help you to become more focused, relaxed, aware, and present.

New Men’s Group – Problematic Sexual Behaviours – September!

Available this fall is the The Initial Treatment Programme for men with compulsive or problematic sexual behaviours.  Led by Dr Thaddeus Birchard, the group is a safe, confidential place to discuss the impact of behaviours on your life.  It is also a good place to gain understanding of why the behaviour exists and start the process of  change.  Starting: 12 September (12 evenings plus one weekend 18/19 November), 7:30PM-9:30.

Women’s Group – Coping with Discovery of Sexual Compulsivity

Lunchtime group: (6 weeks), 1 – 2:30 PM starting 15 January

The Women’s Group is offered to female partners of men with sex addiction and sexually compulsive behaviours.  The group provides a safe, confidential place for you to speak about your emotions upon discovery, and helps you process your thoughts and overall experience.  We help you gain additional insight into sexually compulsive behaviours, and put primary importance on helping you take care of yourself as you take each step day by day.  Contact us for more information about the support we can offer.



COSRT approval of CPD hours – Diploma in Sex Addiction/Compulsivity

The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) has approved 69 hours of continuing professional development for the Marylebone Centre’s (Level 6) Diploma in Sex Addiction/Compulsivity.  This adds to the Diploma’s accreditation by Middlesex University.  The Diploma is also one of the few approved by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC).

Creating opportunity for clients seeking support

We often hear from clients and therapists of long waiting lists and a lack of support in many parts of the UK for clients and their partners seeking help with sexually compulsive behaviours.  Referred again and again until finding a suitable therapist, some clients travel great distances to see a qualified practitioner.

Building a collaborative network of specialised therapists

Our training programme aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, ethical competence, and practical confidence to work with out of control sexual behaviours.  More information and a downloadable brochure about our Diploma programme in sex addiction therapy can be found on our ‘Training’ page, or by contacting Cecily Criminale, Director of Education (