Joanna Benfield, MPhil

Specialties: Marital / Premarital, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction


Marital / Premarital, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction



Age Group Focus


Treatment Approaches

Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family / Marital, Humanistic, Integrative, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Relational, Person-Centered Therapy


Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Infertility, Infidelity, Internet Addiction, Marital / Premarital, Self Esteem, Sex Drive - Low, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction, Transgender

About Joanna Benfield

Joanna Benfield offers a counselling service to men, women and couples looking to improve their sex lives and their relationships. She provides a safe, open and shame-free environment in which all sexual and relationship issues can be discussed. Her main areas of work include: low desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, inability to reach orgasm, sexuality, porn addiction and sex addiction. Joanna also provides supervision for therapists working in the areas of psychosexual therapy and couples' counselling. Joanna is a prominent expert in her field and is often approached by the media for advice on sex and relationship issues. She has 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'. Her first book, Three in a Bed: Conversations with a Sex Therapist, was published by Harper Collins in January 2016. Joanna co-edited the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction, published by Taylor and Francis in 2017. She has 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. She is currently in the process of writing a sex addiction self-help book that can be used alongside therapy. Joanna was the winner of the 'Psychosexual Therapist of the Year (UK)' award in the prestigious GHP Women in Health Awards 2017. Joanna has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with distinction), with a specialisation in the treatment of sex addiction. She also has 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 psychological coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution focused therapy.

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