Simon Halford BSc MSc Dip Psychotherapy
Dip Psychosexual therapy
Couples Therapy, Psychosexual / Sex Therapy in Central London, Southampton, and Portsmouth
I am an experienced Psychotherapist, specialising in the treatment of sexual and relationship issues using a range of approaches to meet the individual or couple's needs. I offer couples therapy, psychosexual and sex therapy in Fareham (Mon-Wed) and Central London (Thurs-Fri).
I practice couples therapy and counselling at 96 Harley Street Central London and sex and psychosexual therapy in Fareham, near to Portsmouth and Southampton.
Therapy is strictly confidential, and includes psychodynamic, person centred and cognitive behavioural approaches.
I have worked in the NHS and privately for more than 20 Years and am accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) .
Typically you would have an initial assessment where mutual suitability can be established, the issue or issues you would like to work on can be discussed, as well as the frequency and number of sessions you might need. Any queries or questions you might have can also be addressed at this time. The cost of each session ranges from £60 to £150 depending on location; concessions are available.
Through counselling and therapy I aim to provide a safe environment and practical solutions for exploring and addressing sensitive sexual and relational problems for individuals and couples.
The issues I treat include erectile dysfunction, pain during intercourse, loss of libido (sexual desire), sexual addictions including Internet pornography addictions, relationship difficulties and the impact of serious illnesses including cancer, strokes and cardiovascular issues on sexual function and relationships.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone on 07984 830449. Please leave a message stating your name and number if I am not available to answer, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Be assured that all messages are dealt with in a sensitive and strictly confidential manner.
I am able to offer couples therapy and counselling, sex therapy and psychosexual therapy in Central London, and Fareham, near to Portsmouth and Southampton.
Current News - January 2019
This is how one person spoke about her experience of couples therapy:
“My husband and I went into couples counselling being unsure of what to expect and feeling quite apprehensive. We had not been in a good place for quite a long time and the thought of trying to explain what felt like a complex and confusing relationship to a stranger felt very daunting. After some searching we were able to agree on the right person for us. It was important that we both felt at ease and because of our very different personalities it took a while to settle with someone that we both felt comfortable with.
Although it was difficult to open up at first, our counsellor helped us to find a way in and create a safe space to talk honestly. It took a few weeks to build trust and it required a certain amount of courage to say out loud the things that were hidden inside for so long. You do put yourself in a vulnerable position and at times it felt embarrassing to talk about some very personal things, but I never felt pushed or judged, though there were plenty of tears! Our counsellor helped us to take things at the right pace and to make sure both of us took time to listen, reflect and respond.
One of the most helpful aspects of couples counselling is that you are really free to say anything, knowing that an impartial person is there to help you both understand each other better. There is a sense of partnering together to discover the underlying patterns, behaviours, attitudes and beliefs that are damaging or unhelpful to your relationship. It is also about celebrating the good bits and building on them to create a more solid foundation. It helps to feel that you are not tackling the problems alone, but that the therapist is supporting both of you and is there to help you navigate the next steps. Ultimately, therapy doesn’t try to fix a relationship and it can even help couples decide to part on better terms.
My advice to anyone who is considering counselling would be to seek help sooner rather than later, as problems tend to become more entrenched the longer we don’t tend to them properly, and to take time to find the right therapist for you. I’m grateful that we did seek couples counselling because it allowed us both to come to a place of total honesty about our relationship and to find a way forward.”