Diploma in Clinical Sexology
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Dr Alireza Tabatabaie

Dr Alireza Tabatabaie

Course Director

Ali is an interdisciplinary sexologist. He graduated as a medical doctor and specialised in sexual and relationship psychotherapy at the Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield, a centre of excellence specialising in helping people with all kinds of sexual and relationship problems.

In 2011, he was awarded accreditation by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and has been serving COSRT as a trustee (since 2012) and vice-chair (since 2015). In addition, he has attended the world renowned ESSM Oxford Sexual Medicine Course, receiving a comprehensive and rigorous training in various aspects of sexual medicine. In 2012, Ali was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Fellow of European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM)’ by the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Sexual Medicine (MJCSM).

Along with clinical sexology, Ali has been actively involved in the field of education. He has recently completed a PhD in the social sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK, researching issues that concern effective sexuality and relationship education. He has extensively lectured and conducted workshops on various sexual health related subjects, nationally and internationally.

Julie Sale

Julie Sale

Course Director

Julie is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She currently represents COSRT on the national Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy group, working towards establishing standards of education and practice in gender, sexual and relationship diversity in the health professions across the UK.

As well as running her own busy private practice, Julie is Director of Local Counselling Centre, (LCC), a private counselling service and student placement agency based in Hertfordshire. Established in 2012, LCC holds the NHS contract for the provision of psychosexual psychotherapy in Hertfordshire as well as offering general, sex and relationship therapy to self-referring clients.

Julie is a teaching faculty member and Research Supervisor for the BeeLeaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy running annual trainings on anxiety, OCD and human sexual development.

Eminent Guest Tutors

Modules that cover the specialist subject areas of diversity, sex and the law, domestic violence and fertility are led by guest tutors with expertise in their given field. Details of all guest tutors will be published here in due course.


Hazel Wright

Lead Tutor for Sex and Relationship Law

I am a specialist in Family law. I work as a solicitor and as a mediator. I have wide expertise and considerable experience in acting for people whose relationships have broken down. My main work is in financial disputes, or where there are issues relating to children. Many of my clients have international connections, and I am used to working alongside colleagues in other jurisdictions. I often work as part of a team with other professional advisors. I try where possible to keep matters out of court, but where that is not possible, I am tough and tenacious in using the court system, from my office which is 100 meters from the main London family court. I also work as an accredited mediator, and within collaborative law - where the aim is to help people to reach binding agreements without using the courts as part of the negotiation.


Pamela Gawler-Wright

Lead Tutor in Sex and Relationship Diversity

MSc B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP,  UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.)

Pamela Gawler-Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has since 1994 been a trainer on many UKCP Accredited trainings across several modalities of training. She is Director of Training at BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Qualified by UKCP in two different modalities herself, Pam has trained with some of the outstanding outcome oriented psychotherapists of our day including Ernest L. Rossi, Stephen Gilligan, Michael Yapko, Bill O’Hanlon, Frank Farrelly, Christine Padesky and the co-creators of Systemic NLP, Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier. Pam is also External Moderator for the Institute for Transactional Analysis and a long serving member of the UKCP Ethics Committee and more recently a member of the Diversity, Equality and Social Responsibility Committee. She continues as guest trainer for several other institutes, and has presented nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and events for organisations such as UKCP, BACP, ANLP, ITA, Relate and Pink Therapy.

Pam is particularly known for her exposition of Ericksonian Psychotherapeutic principles and is a celebrated story teller and pioneer in utilising therapeutic storytelling in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety. She is a frequent and sought after writer who is published in many trade and other publications, including a series of interviews with some of the leading Ericksonian Psychotherapists of our time. Her work has also been featured in “Therapy Today” and “The Huffington Post” and she is a frequent radio commentator, mostly for BBC. Her training is renowned for being creative, fun, challenging and within a safe environment, bringing together tremendously diverse groups into harmonious and uplifting shared experience.


Lyn Moody

Lead Tutor in Domestic Violence and Abuse

Lyn Moody (www.lynmoody.co.uk) is a BACP and COSRT accredited counsellor, psychosexual therapist and clinical supervisor, with over 20 years experience of working with the Relate Institute. She has a thriving private practice working with individuals and couples with issues such as communication difficulties, affairs, sexual difficulties, domestic violence, substance abuse, bereavement, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Lyn became a Relate supervisor in 2003 and at Relate Central and Northern Hertfordshire (RCNH) she is employed as a clinical manager, working with a team of up to 10 practioners. This includes conducting individual, shared and group supervision and advising the CEO and admin team on clinical matters.

On behalf of the Relate Institute, she spent approximately 6 years training Relate counsellors in various core CPD courses, including, for example, how to work with clients where there are issues of alcohol, affairs, mental health difficulties, physical ill-health, past sexual abuse, bereavement, conducting initial consultation interviews and how to assess if/when to refer to more appropriate agencies. During this time Lyn was a specialist member of the Relate domestic violence/abuse (DV/A) training team, working with counsellors on how to recognise and work with DV/A.


Dr Andrew Smith

Lead Tutor for Sexual Offending

Dr Andrew Smith has worked in the area of sex offending as an expert witness for twelve years, first with Ray Wyre Associates, then with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation from 2006 until 2015. He was awarded a PhD by Cardiff University in 2010 for research on strengths-based approaches to sex offending, and is a regular contributor to journals and books. 

He is a qualified probation officer and counsellor, a registered member of the BACP and a member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity). He works on a consultancy basis for social services departments throughout the UK, assessing persons posing a sexual risk and the ability of parents to protect children from risk, delivering therapeutic safeguarding packages to individuals and families. In addition, he regularly trains counsellors and therapists to work with individuals posing a sexual risk, for StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending). 

He has his own counselling and training practice, SafeRelate, maintaining a dual client base of individuals who have sexual offending problems and clients who present with sexual addiction and compulsivity difficulties.

The CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology incorporates the foundation training required to work as a StopSo therapist.


Kirstie McEwan

Lead Tutor in Gender Diversity

Kirstie is a registered member of BACP and a general member of COSRT and works as both a general counsellor and a specialist psychosexual psychotherapist for the NHS, Local Counselling Centre and in private practice.

Before training in counselling, Kirstie spent 32 years in the construction and development industry as a Project Manager and Health and Safety advisor/trainer. She owned and ran her own consultancy for five years before joining a medium-sized architectural practice, achieving the position of Regional and Main Board Director.

Kirstie describes spending most of her life feeling incomplete. She knew that, in living the life of a man, she was not being true either to herself or to her family. She started her journey of transition when she was 50 and completed this five years later. She now lives a happy and fulfilling life. It was her own experiences during the process of transition which drew her to therapy as a new profession; one which she has fully embraced.

As part of her therapeutic healing she wrote her autobiography “Just One Letter”, which was published in November 2011.

Kirstie is a member of the Media Team for COSRT and was invited to sit on the National Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy group. She has a special interest in gender and sexual diversity, a topic which is close to her heart in relation to her own individual journey in life.


George O'Neil

Lead Tutor on Disability, Sex and Relationships

George O'Neil,  MBACP (Accred)  is a counsellor, life coach and trainer.  At one time he was head teacher of a school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.   He has qualifications in family therapy, counselling, NLP and Gender and Sexual Diversity.  For several years he has worked as a counsellor with adults described as having learning disabilities.  He believes that, to bring about change in your life, it's more powerful to work on what it is you want, rather than on what it is you don't want!

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