FACULTY

Our faculty team of expert module authors and trainers has many years’ in the field of LGBTQIA+ Therapy helping and supporting sexual diversity clients and a wealth of experience teaching and training other therapists on these issues, both in the UK and abroad.

Dominic Davies, Director of Pink Therapy

Dominic Davies, Director of Pink Therapy

Dominic Davies FNCIP, FNCS. (he/him) is the Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. He has been a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and practice consultant for 40 years.

Over the years, Dominic has received several honours and awards for his pioneering work in gender and sexuality. In 2015 he received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. He is the only non-psychologist ever to receive this award.

In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society, and in 2018 Dominic received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom.

Dominic has also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.

In 2021 Dominic was named as one of 50 Distinguished Gender and Sexual Health Revolutionaries by the University of Minnesota.

Dominic (with Charles Neal) co-edited the first three British textbooks on working with LGBT clients published in 1996 and 2000, and he has contributed numerous other papers and chapters to the literature of this emerging field. He has presented at many national and international conferences. After almost a quarter of a century, he has co-edited (with Silva Neves) two more Pink Therapy textbooks aimed at GSRD therapists and Sex & Relationship Therapists in Europe. Erotically Queer and Relationally Queer will be published by Routledge in April 2023

He has been referred to as one of the grandparents of Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.

Dominic Davies, Director of Pink Therapy

Dominic Davies, Director of Pink Therapy

Dominic Davies FNCIP, FNCS. (he/him) is the Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. He has been a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and practice consultant for 40 years.

Over the years, Dominic has received several honours and awards for his pioneering work in gender and sexuality. In 2015 he received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. He is the only non-psychologist ever to receive this award.

In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society, and in 2018 Dominic received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom.

Dominic has also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.

In 2021 Dominic was named as one of 50 Distinguished Gender and Sexual Health Revolutionaries by the University of Minnesota.

Dominic (with Charles Neal) co-edited the first three British textbooks on working with LGBT clients published in 1996 and 2000, and he has contributed numerous other papers and chapters to the literature of this emerging field. He has presented at many national and international conferences. After almost a quarter of a century, he has co-edited (with Silva Neves) two more Pink Therapy textbooks aimed at GSRD therapists and Sex & Relationship Therapists in Europe. Erotically Queer and Relationally Queer will be published by Routledge in April 2023

He has been referred to as one of the grandparents of Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.

SENIOR FACULTY

DR Daniel Bak

DR Daniel Bak

Dr. Daniel Bąk (he/his), lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. He is a psychotherapist, psychologist, group trainer, psychotherapy teacher, and clinical consultant working in the relational Gestalt approach. He specialises in psychological help regarding gender, sexuality, and sex.

He is an advanced accredited (Pink Therapy, UK) gender, sex & relationship diversities therapist.  He established (2009) and has been running the Programme of LGBT+ Psychological Support Tęczówka”. He also co-chairs the Gender & Sexual Diversity Interest Group in the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy – an international community of Gestaltists worldwide. He serves as an editor of the LGBTQIA Psychology & Psychotherapy section in the e-Bulletin of the Warsaw Division of the Polish Psychological Association.

He is an associate in Pink Therapy, London, UK (Clinical Associate & Faculty Member) and Gestalt Counselling Centre, Kraków, Poland. He has authored conference lectures and scientific publications on gender, sexuality, and sex. He runs his own private practice.

Daniel is a Case Discussion Tutor, webinar presenter for the Shame and Coming Out Modules and contributor to the
Parenting Outside Heteronormativity module.

Reece Bolton-Locke

Reece Bolton-Locke

Reece Bolton-Locke (he/his), is an integrative counsellor and supervisor, working in private practice and within organisations.

Reece specialises in working with people of diverse gender, sexuality and relationship styles. He provides training workshops on gender identity for counsellors and therapists and has experience as a counselling trainer/lecturer.

He has an MSc in Counselling from Bristol University and is a graduate of the Pink Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma.

Case Discussion Group Tutor- currently on sabbatical

DR Jo Dalton

DR Jo Dalton

Dr. Jo Dalton (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS in a range of adult mental health settings, and more recently a sexual health service, for over 20 years.  Jo lives and works in Norfolk in the UK now entirely in private practice. Jo works with a wide variety clients but has a special interest in working with gender, sexuality and relationally diverse clients.  She provides training on GRSD to clinical psychology trainees at the University of East Anglia.

Jo has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy from UEA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapy with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity from Pink Therapy.

Case Discussion Group Tutor

DR Agata Loewe-Kurilla

DR Agata Loewe-Kurilla

Dr. Agata Loewe-Kurilla, PhD,  (she/her) is a clinical cross-cultural psychologist, systemic family psychotherapist, certified sex coach, accredited by Pink Therapy GSRD therapist and sexosopher of sexology. She obtained her PhD in sexology at IASHS in San Francisco in 2014.

She is a founder of the Sex Positive Institute in Poland, a sex-positive activist, advocate and educator. With the Institute Team, she records the podcast Seksozoficznie (access on Spotify in Polish:)).

Since 2009 she has consulted with NGOs dealing with equal opportunities for people at risk of social exclusion and promoting mental, sexual and reproductive health.

She teaches sexology at University SWPS in Poland and Pink Therapy.

Agata runs a private practice supporting GSRD folks. She runs supervision and mentorship programs for her students.

Her true passion is international, cross-, multi- and transcultural relations.

Her presence in media and publications helps to spread sex positive news in Poland.  Soon to be published author of a book Sex-Care.

Agata is a member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) & World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC). She conducts and organises international workshops, training & specialist courses in sexuality for people working with human sexuality. She is one of the first SAR Trainings providers in Europe!

Agata is on the selection team, a core trainer on the Intensive and a Case Discussion Group Tutor

Silva Neves

Silva Neves

Silva Neves (he/him) is a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate, COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, a trauma psychotherapist and an EMDR therapist. Silva sees individuals, couples and people in multiple relationships presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues. He works extensively with the GSRD communities.

Silva is a COSRT-accredited clinical supervisor. He is a Course Director for CICS (Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology).

Silva is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sex and Relationship Therapy.

He often contributes to articles on various sex and relationship topics and speaks internationally.
He is the author of Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge) and Sexology: The Basics (Routledge).

Case Discussion Group Tutor

DR Antonio Prunas

DR Antonio Prunas

Professor Dr. Antonio Prunas (he/his) is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist living and working in Milan, Italy.

He completed a 4-year training in Clinical sexology and qualifies as a Certified psycho-sexologist at the European Federation of Sexology (ECPS). He is also a graduate of the Post-Graduate Diploma in GSRD Therapy at Pink Therapy.

He currently works in private practice as a psychotherapist and sex therapist, focusing in particular on GSRD clients. His main area of expertise is psychological work with transgender and gender-variant people of all ages and their families and partners.

He is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology of Milano-Bicocca State University. Since 2019 he has been the scientific director of the Post-Graduate Program in Sex Counselling, one of the very few held by a public University in the Country.

He is a member of WPATH and ESSM.

Antonio is on the selection team and a core trainer on the Intensive

Jo Russell

Jo Russell

Jo Russell,  (she/her), is a senior accredited psychotherapist (NCS) in private practice in Glasgow, working principally with clients of diverse gender, sex and relationship styles.

A therapist since 2004, Jo has previously worked as a music teacher and a missionary and has extensive experience in training and working with groups. She has an MSc in Counselling Studies (Advanced Practice) from Edinburgh University, is a graduate of the Pink Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma, is an Advanced Accredited Sexual Diversity Therapist (Pink Therapy) and is a Clinical Associate of Pink Therapy. Jo is asexual.

Jo wrote the Working with Gender and Sexuality Conflicts and the Asexuality modules as well as is a Case Discussion Tutor

DR Daniel Bak

DR Daniel Bak

Dr. Daniel Bąk (he/his), lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. He is a psychotherapist, psychologist, group trainer, psychotherapy teacher, and clinical consultant working in the relational Gestalt approach. He specialises in psychological help regarding gender, sexuality, and sex.

He is an advanced accredited (Pink Therapy, UK) gender, sex & relationship diversities therapist.  He established (2009) and has been running the Programme of LGBT+ Psychological Support Tęczówka”. He also co-chairs the Gender & Sexual Diversity Interest Group in the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy – an international community of Gestaltists worldwide. He serves as an editor of the LGBTQIA Psychology & Psychotherapy section in the e-Bulletin of the Warsaw Division of the Polish Psychological Association.

He is an associate in Pink Therapy, London, UK (Clinical Associate & Faculty Member) and Gestalt Counselling Centre, Kraków, Poland. He has authored conference lectures and scientific publications on gender, sexuality, and sex. He runs his own private practice.

Daniel is a Case Discussion Tutor, webinar presenter for the Shame and Coming Out Modules and contributor to the
Parenting Outside Heteronormativity module.

Reece Bolton-Locke

Reece Bolton-Locke

Reece Bolton-Locke (he/his), is an integrative counsellor and supervisor, working in private practice and within organisations.

Reece specialises in working with people of diverse gender, sexuality and relationship styles. He provides training workshops on gender identity for counsellors and therapists and has experience as a counselling trainer/lecturer.

He has an MSc in Counselling from Bristol University and is a graduate of the Pink Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma.

Case Discussion Group Tutor- currently on sabbatical

DR Jo Dalton

DR Jo Dalton

Dr. Jo Dalton (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS in a range of adult mental health settings, and more recently a sexual health service, for over 20 years.  Jo lives and works in Norfolk in the UK now entirely in private practice. Jo works with a wide variety clients but has a special interest in working with gender, sexuality and relationally diverse clients.  She provides training on GRSD to clinical psychology trainees at the University of East Anglia.

Jo has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy from UEA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapy with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity from Pink Therapy.

Case Discussion Group Tutor

DR Agata Loewe-Kurilla

DR Agata Loewe-Kurilla

Dr. Agata Loewe-Kurilla, PhD,  (she/her) is a clinical cross-cultural psychologist, systemic family psychotherapist, certified sex coach, accredited by Pink Therapy GSRD therapist and sexosopher of sexology. She obtained her PhD in sexology at IASHS in San Francisco in 2014.

She is a founder of the Sex Positive Institute in Poland, a sex-positive activist, advocate and educator. With the Institute Team, she records the podcast Seksozoficznie (access on Spotify in Polish:)).

Since 2009 she has consulted with NGOs dealing with equal opportunities for people at risk of social exclusion and promoting mental, sexual and reproductive health.

She teaches sexology at University SWPS in Poland and Pink Therapy.

Agata runs a private practice supporting GSRD folks. She runs supervision and mentorship programs for her students.

Her true passion is international, cross-, multi- and transcultural relations.

Her presence in media and publications helps to spread sex positive news in Poland.  Soon to be published author of a book Sex-Care.

Agata is a member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) & World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC). She conducts and organises international workshops, training & specialist courses in sexuality for people working with human sexuality. She is one of the first SAR Trainings providers in Europe!

Agata is on the selection team, a core trainer on the Intensive and a Case Discussion Group Tutor

Silva Neves

Silva Neves

Silva Neves (he/him) is a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate, COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, a trauma psychotherapist and an EMDR therapist. Silva sees individuals, couples and people in multiple relationships presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues. He works extensively with the GSRD communities.

Silva is a COSRT-accredited clinical supervisor. He is a Course Director for CICS (Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology).

Silva is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sex and Relationship Therapy.

He often contributes to articles on various sex and relationship topics and speaks internationally.
He is the author of Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge) and Sexology: The Basics (Routledge).

Case Discussion Group Tutor

DR Antonio Prunas

DR Antonio Prunas

Professor Dr. Antonio Prunas (he/his) is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist living and working in Milan, Italy.

He completed a 4-year training in Clinical sexology and qualifies as a Certified psycho-sexologist at the European Federation of Sexology (ECPS). He is also a graduate of the Post-Graduate Diploma in GSRD Therapy at Pink Therapy.

He currently works in private practice as a psychotherapist and sex therapist, focusing in particular on GSRD clients. His main area of expertise is psychological work with transgender and gender-variant people of all ages and their families and partners.

He is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology of Milano-Bicocca State University. Since 2019 he has been the scientific director of the Post-Graduate Program in Sex Counselling, one of the very few held by a public University in the Country.

He is a member of WPATH and ESSM.

Antonio is on the selection team and a core trainer on the Intensive

Jo Russell

Jo Russell

Jo Russell,  (she/her), is a senior accredited psychotherapist (NCS) in private practice in Glasgow, working principally with clients of diverse gender, sex and relationship styles.

A therapist since 2004, Jo has previously worked as a music teacher and a missionary and has extensive experience in training and working with groups. She has an MSc in Counselling Studies (Advanced Practice) from Edinburgh University, is a graduate of the Pink Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma, is an Advanced Accredited Sexual Diversity Therapist (Pink Therapy) and is a Clinical Associate of Pink Therapy. Jo is asexual.

Jo wrote the Working with Gender and Sexuality Conflicts and the Asexuality modules as well as is a Case Discussion Tutor

ASSOCIATE LECTURERS

Rebecca Bow

Rebecca Bow

Rebecca Bow has worked with Autistic adults for 14 years and currently works as a Senior Student Wellbeing Adviser and Counsellor in a Higher Education setting, specialising in working with GSRD and Autistic students. Rebecca has co-led an award winning Summer Schoolat Birmingham City University for many years, an event that aims to support Autistic students with the transition to university, as well as leading monthly groups to support Autistic students to stay connected.

Rebecca wrote the Autism and GSRD module

Kris Black

Kris Black

Kris Black (they, them), is an integrative arts psychotherapist, qualified supervisor and a freelance Trainer. Kris currently works in private practice and within the LGBTQ+ community. Kris has worked for over 30 years within the QTIBPOC and LGBTQ+ communities as well as within the education, and charity sectors as an activist, educator and therapist.

Kris has extensive experience of working with children and young people from different minority communities. Kris has been active politically for many years and much of their work focuses on raising awareness about discrimination, stigma and inequality and the impact of discrimination on minority groups.

More recently, Kris qualified as a Black Issues Trainer, is a member of the Coalition Against Conversion Therapy, ex Leadership Team with BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network), a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate and part of the Gendered Intelligence Therapists Network. Kris is co-editor of  the forthcoming book Therapy In Colour – Intersectional Anti Racist and Intercultural Approaches by Therapists of Colour (JKP, April 2023).

(see profile here).

Kris revised the Intersectionality module and presents that webinar.

Douglas Braun-Harvey

Douglas Braun-Harvey

Douglas Braun-Harvey  (he/him), Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change.

In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health.

He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.

Since 1993 Doug has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behaviour (OCSB).

His book Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was published in 2015.

Previous publications include Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselors Manual” (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitators Manual” (2009).

Doug Braun-Harvey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist.

He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and Faculty for The University of Michigan Certificate Program in Human Sexuality.

Doug wrote the Treating Out of Control Sexual Behaviour module

Niki D

Niki D

Niki D (she/her) is an advanced accredited GSRD therapist and clinical associate with Pink Therapy. She has an MA in Existential Psychotherapy and over 30 years of experience.

Niki holds therapy groups for gender, sexual and relationship-diverse clients and other therapy groups for therapists.

She has a diploma in GSRD Relationship Therapy. She works as a relationship therapist in private practice in Dalston and Holborn, seeing GSRD clients who are in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships as well as LGBTQ+ people in working partnerships, friendships, or family constellations.

Niki is a supervisor, a freelance trainer, and a visiting lecturer at Regents University. She runs a monthly supervision group from Dalston.

Niki published a chapter for the special edition on Bisexuality and Relationshipsin the Sexual and Relationship Therapy Journal (2018) and has a chapter about Open Relationships in Relationally Queer edited by Neves and Davies (Routledge 2023).

Niki wrote the CPD module on Bisexuality and co-presents the Relationships module webinar with Alex Sanderson-Shortt.

Cyndi Darnell

Cyndi Darnell

Cyndi Darnell (she/her) is a clinical and somatic sexologist, narrative therapist and author of Sex, When You Dont Feel Like It: The Truth About Mismatched Libido & Rediscovering Desire (Rowman & Littlefield). Originally from Australia, shes now based in New York City, where she runs a global consulting practice for clients worldwide. A psychotherapist by training, Cyndi currently supports individuals, couples and polycules navigating relationships and sexual difficulties, plus professional mentorship and case consultations to clinicians and sexologists worldwide seeking to deepen their understanding of the links between psychotherapy, sexology, relationships work and somatic practice. She’s a Board Affiliate for the University of Wisconsin STOUT Sex Therapy Certification program.

Her podcast , The Erotic Philosopher, brings guests of diverse backgrounds together to explore issues affecting modern sex and relationships. Her numerous academic works are published in the Journal of Sexual & Relationship Therapy and the Journal of Sex Education, among others. Her expert opinion is frequently sought by media outlets worldwide.

Cyndi teaches the Atlas of Erotic Anatomy for Diploma students

DR Bartosz Grabski

DR Bartosz Grabski

Dr. Bartosz Grabski MD, PhD, FECSM, WPATH-CM  (he/him) is an assistant professor and a head of the Sexology Lab at the Department of Psychiatry of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He is a specialist in psychiatry and sexology and specialises in helping transgender people experiencing gender dysphoria. In addition, his clinical and scientific interests include problems experienced by homosexual and bisexual people, like mood, anxiety, and sexual disorders.

He co-edited the first monograph in Poland devoted to LGB psychology, entitled “Introduction to LGB psychology”, and a compendium for practitioners entitled “Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence”. He is a co-author of the first Polish Recommendations on medical care for adult transgender people, adopted by the Polish Sexological Society.

Bartosz wrote the initial version of the Mental Health module 

MR DK Green

MR DK Green

Mr DK Green (he/him) is a private practice psychotherapist and supervisor for individuals, relationships and therapists. Clinical Associate, Advanced Accredited, Advanced Trainer Trained, and Keynote Speaker for Pink Therapy. Specialist in GSRD (Gender, Sex, and Relationship Diversities) i.e., LGBTQIA+, CNM (consensual non-monogamy), kink, tantra, sex workers etc., both in the therapy room with clients and as an educator and trainer and with clients, all over the globe. DK wrote a chapter on Consensual Non-Monogamy in Relationally Queer edited by Neves and Davies (Routledge 2023).

DK wrote the Consensual Non-Monogamy module

DR Sarah Head

DR Sarah Head

Dr. Sarah Head (she/hers) qualified as a Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychologist in 2013 but has worked in the voluntary, public and private sector within a therapeutic capacity since 2005. She currently works in the public sector with children, adolescents and their families.

As a researcher and writer, Sarah has a specialist interest in intimate partner violence within sexual diversities. Over time, her work has evolved to focus on developing insight and understanding into the bisexual experience of partner abuse.

Sarah wrote the IPV module and presents the webinar

DR Alex Iantaffi

DR Alex Iantaffi

Dr. Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, CST, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, supervisor, sex therapist, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, writer, speaker and independent scholar. They were the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, bisexuality, polyamory, BDSM, Deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. Alex is passionate about healing justice and community based and engaged scholarship.

They are a trans masculine, non-binary, bi queer, disabled, Italian immigrant who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US) since 2008. They are a parent, partner, and engaged community member and organizer. They have co-founded Edges Wellness Center LLC, a mental health practice focused on serving marginalized populations. Alex is a member of a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Alex has recently co-authored the book “How to Understand Your Gender: a practical guide for exploring who you are” with Meg-John Barker (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). You can find out more about them at www.alexiantaffi.com or follow them on Twitter @xtaffi

Alex wrote the Parenting Outside Heteronormativity module and presents the webinar. They also present the webinar on Working with Gender Identity

Cat Johnston

Cat Johnston

Cat Johnston (they/them) is a qualified and experienced counsellor who has been practising since 2013. They co-founded Kaleidoscope Counselling Scotland, an affordable and accessible counselling service for Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diverse individuals.

Cat has particular experience working with young people, having worked in schools, youth work agencies, and for the NSPCC.

They have completed their specialist post-graduate diploma with Pink Therapy and are a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate. In their current practice with Kaleidoscope they work as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Cat wrote the module Working with GSRD Young People

Lisa O'Connor

Lisa O'Connor

Lisa OConnor (she/hers) is a Registered Psychologist in Australia. MSc in Occ Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Psych, BVA

Lisa has over 16 years of experience providing psychological services for diverse cultural groups and GSRD communities, individuals, their families and organisations across the public and private sectors and in private practice.

Lisas clinical experience and interest are focused on Organisational Well-being, Trauma and bereavement recovery, clinical supervision, risk mitigation strategies and support for culturally diverse communities, including GSRD youth, adults and their families.

Lisa has completed postgraduate studies in both Australia and the UK, including an MSc in Organisational Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and was one of the first cohorts to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities. Lisa has completed an Advanced Trainer Program with Pink Therapy.

Lisa wrote the Module, Protection from Harassment for GSRD People.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer (he/him), has a background in the media and arts, working in radio, tv and performance until he retrained in counselling and psychotherapy and more recently qualified as a supervisor. For 25 years, Robert worked in the NHS and for the last decade as a senior manager and highly specialist psychotherapist at Guys and St ThomasHospitals in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine. He now focuses exclusively on his private practice in central London.

Robert is an integrative psychotherapist and also lectures in his specialism – sex, sexuality, gender and relationships. He is also involved with several public health and therapeutic initiatives for gay men using drugs in sexualised settings. He has published in journals in the UK and US and collections of psychological essays.

Robert revised the Substance Misuse module and presents the webinar

Karen Pollock

Karen Pollock

Karen Pollock (they/them), lives and works in rural Northumberland, UK. They are an anti-oppressive therapist, supervisor and writer specialising in gender, sex and relationship diversity, working online and outdoors at Counselling in Northumberland which they founded in 2016. They also provide training to several organisations and counselling courses, including universities, NHS, BACP and others.

An advanced accredited Pink Therapy GSRD therapist and trainer they graduated from the two-year PG-Dip in GSRD Therapy in 2019 and became a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate in 2022. Their work has been published most recently in the Queering Psychotherapy anthology, where they contributed a chapter on working with sex workers.

Karen wrote the Sex Work module and presents the webinar

Alex Sanderson-Shortt

Alex Sanderson-Shortt

Alex Sanderson-Shortt (he/they) is a relationship therapist working with individuals, couples and CNM groups. He has an MA in Relationship Therapy and a Diploma in Relationship Therapy with GSRD Clients from Pink Therapy. He works exclusively with GSRD clients and has worked in private practice for 15 years. Alex teaches L5 courses in Relationship Therapy and runs CPDs for counsellors working with GSRD clients. Alex writes the regular Relationships column for BACP Private practice magazine focusing on queer topics.

Alex co-wrote the Relationships module

DR Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan

DR Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan

Dr. Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan is an adult psychiatrist, psychotherapist and sex therapist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She obtained her medical degree from Marmara University. She co-founded and has worked in GSRD in the sexuality department of the psychotherapy centre of Erenkoy Mental Health and Research Hospital in Istanbul since 2013. In addition, she is currently a PhD student, A.B.D. in medical pharmacology at the Marmara University School of Medicine.

She had clinical experiences in general medicine at Queen Mary University, Barts and The London; addiction and geriatric psychiatry at Aspen Day Therapy center, Baltimore; psychiatry and neurology, in Sharon Center, New York and Taste and Smell Center, Chicago.

She obtained ECFMG certification in 2020 and GMC registration in 2021.

She is a founding member and a current supervisor in Istanbul Sex Therapy Training Association. She wrote the first LGBT-specific addiction chapter in Addiction Text Book in Turkey.

Her academic interests and work experience also include community mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodiversity and ADHD, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, animal models in behavioural sciences, and psychiatry genetics.

Gökçe revised the Mental Health module and presents the webinar

Claire Stringer

Claire Stringer

Claire Stringer is a qualified Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist working in private practice and specialising in working with GSRD clients and individuals who are at risk of or have been convicted of sexual and/or violent offences. She became interested in the topic of suicide because she noticed that when her clients were first arrested and leading up to their court case, many of them became more vulnerable to self-harm and suicidal thoughts/acts, and wanted to share how it important it is to look after yourself and to encourage you to feel more confident in helping people who are feeling suicidal.

Claire wrote the module on Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

Rebecca Bow

Rebecca Bow

Rebecca Bow has worked with Autistic adults for 14 years and currently works as a Senior Student Wellbeing Adviser and Counsellor in a Higher Education setting, specialising in working with GSRD and Autistic students. Rebecca has co-led an award winning Summer Schoolat Birmingham City University for many years, an event that aims to support Autistic students with the transition to university, as well as leading monthly groups to support Autistic students to stay connected.

Rebecca wrote the Autism and GSRD module

Kris Black

Kris Black

Kris Black (they, them), is an integrative arts psychotherapist, qualified supervisor and a freelance Trainer. Kris currently works in private practice and within the LGBTQ+ community. Kris has worked for over 30 years within the QTIBPOC and LGBTQ+ communities as well as within the education, and charity sectors as an activist, educator and therapist.

Kris has extensive experience of working with children and young people from different minority communities. Kris has been active politically for many years and much of their work focuses on raising awareness about discrimination, stigma and inequality and the impact of discrimination on minority groups.

More recently, Kris qualified as a Black Issues Trainer, is a member of the Coalition Against Conversion Therapy, ex Leadership Team with BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network), a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate and part of the Gendered Intelligence Therapists Network. Kris is co-editor of  the forthcoming book Therapy In Colour – Intersectional Anti Racist and Intercultural Approaches by Therapists of Colour (JKP, April 2023).

(see profile here).

Kris revised the Intersectionality module and presents that webinar.

Douglas Braun-Harvey

Douglas Braun-Harvey

Douglas Braun-Harvey  (he/him), Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change.

In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health.

He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.

Since 1993 Doug has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behaviour (OCSB).

His book Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was published in 2015.

Previous publications include Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselors Manual” (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitators Manual” (2009).

Doug Braun-Harvey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist.

He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and Faculty for The University of Michigan Certificate Program in Human Sexuality.

Doug wrote the Treating Out of Control Sexual Behaviour module

Niki D

Niki D

Niki D (she/her) is an advanced accredited GSRD therapist and clinical associate with Pink Therapy. She has an MA in Existential Psychotherapy and over 30 years of experience.

Niki holds therapy groups for gender, sexual and relationship-diverse clients and other therapy groups for therapists.

She has a diploma in GSRD Relationship Therapy. She works as a relationship therapist in private practice in Dalston and Holborn, seeing GSRD clients who are in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships as well as LGBTQ+ people in working partnerships, friendships, or family constellations.

Niki is a supervisor, a freelance trainer, and a visiting lecturer at Regents University. She runs a monthly supervision group from Dalston.

Niki published a chapter for the special edition on Bisexuality and Relationshipsin the Sexual and Relationship Therapy Journal (2018) and has a chapter about Open Relationships in Relationally Queer edited by Neves and Davies (Routledge 2023).

Niki wrote the CPD module on Bisexuality and co-presents the Relationships module webinar with Alex Sanderson-Shortt.

Cyndi Darnell

Cyndi Darnell

Cyndi Darnell (she/her) is a clinical and somatic sexologist, narrative therapist and author of Sex, When You Dont Feel Like It: The Truth About Mismatched Libido & Rediscovering Desire (Rowman & Littlefield). Originally from Australia, shes now based in New York City, where she runs a global consulting practice for clients worldwide. A psychotherapist by training, Cyndi currently supports individuals, couples and polycules navigating relationships and sexual difficulties, plus professional mentorship and case consultations to clinicians and sexologists worldwide seeking to deepen their understanding of the links between psychotherapy, sexology, relationships work and somatic practice. She’s a Board Affiliate for the University of Wisconsin STOUT Sex Therapy Certification program.

Her podcast , The Erotic Philosopher, brings guests of diverse backgrounds together to explore issues affecting modern sex and relationships. Her numerous academic works are published in the Journal of Sexual & Relationship Therapy and the Journal of Sex Education, among others. Her expert opinion is frequently sought by media outlets worldwide.

Cyndi teaches the Atlas of Erotic Anatomy for Diploma students

Bartosz Grabski

Bartosz Grabski

Dr. Bartosz Grabski MD, PhD, FECSM, WPATH-CM  (he/him) is an assistant professor and a head of the Sexology Lab at the Department of Psychiatry of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He is a specialist in psychiatry and sexology and specialises in helping transgender people experiencing gender dysphoria. In addition, his clinical and scientific interests include problems experienced by homosexual and bisexual people, like mood, anxiety, and sexual disorders.

He co-edited the first monograph in Poland devoted to LGB psychology, entitled “Introduction to LGB psychology”, and a compendium for practitioners entitled “Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence”. He is a co-author of the first Polish Recommendations on medical care for adult transgender people, adopted by the Polish Sexological Society.

Bartosz wrote the initial version of the Mental Health module 

DK Green

DK Green

Mr. DK Green (he/him) is a private practice psychotherapist and supervisor for individuals, relationships and therapists. Clinical Associate, Advanced Accredited, Advanced Trainer Trained, and Keynote Speaker for Pink Therapy. Specialist in GSRD (Gender, Sex, and Relationship Diversities) i.e., LGBTQIA+, CNM (consensual non-monogamy), kink, tantra, sex workers etc., both in the therapy room with clients and as an educator and trainer and with clients, all over the globe. DK wrote a chapter on Consensual Non-Monogamy in Relationally Queer edited by Neves and Davies (Routledge 2023).

DK wrote the Consensual Non-Monogamy module

Sarah Head

Sarah Head

Dr. Sarah Head (she/hers) qualified as a Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychologist in 2013 but has worked in the voluntary, public and private sector within a therapeutic capacity since 2005. She currently works in the public sector with children, adolescents and their families.

As a researcher and writer, Sarah has a specialist interest in intimate partner violence within sexual diversities. Over time, her work has evolved to focus on developing insight and understanding into the bisexual experience of partner abuse.

Sarah wrote the IPV module and presents the webinar

Alex Iantaffi

Alex Iantaffi

Dr. Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, CST, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, supervisor, sex therapist, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, writer, speaker and independent scholar. They were the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, bisexuality, polyamory, BDSM, Deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. Alex is passionate about healing justice and community based and engaged scholarship.

They are a trans masculine, non-binary, bi queer, disabled, Italian immigrant who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US) since 2008. They are a parent, partner, and engaged community member and organizer. They have co-founded Edges Wellness Center LLC, a mental health practice focused on serving marginalized populations. Alex is a member of a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Alex has recently co-authored the book “How to Understand Your Gender: a practical guide for exploring who you are” with Meg-John Barker (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). You can find out more about them at www.alexiantaffi.com or follow them on Twitter @xtaffi

Alex wrote the Parenting Outside Heteronormativity module and presents the webinar. They also present the webinar on Working with Gender Identity

Cat Johnston

Cat Johnston

Cat Johnston (they/them) is a qualified and experienced counsellor who has been practising since 2013. They co-founded Kaleidoscope Counselling Scotland, an affordable and accessible counselling service for Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diverse individuals.

Cat has particular experience working with young people, having worked in schools, youth work agencies, and for the NSPCC.

They have completed their specialist post-graduate diploma with Pink Therapy and are a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate. In their current practice with Kaleidoscope they work as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Cat wrote the module Working with GSRD Young People

Lisa O'Connor

Lisa O'Connor

Lisa OConnor (she/hers) is a Registered Psychologist in Australia. MSc in Occ Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Psych, BVA

Lisa has over 16 years of experience providing psychological services for diverse cultural groups and GSRD communities, individuals, their families and organisations across the public and private sectors and in private practice.

Lisas clinical experience and interest are focused on Organisational Well-being, Trauma and bereavement recovery, clinical supervision, risk mitigation strategies and support for culturally diverse communities, including GSRD youth, adults and their families.

Lisa has completed postgraduate studies in both Australia and the UK, including an MSc in Organisational Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and was one of the first cohorts to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities. Lisa has completed an Advanced Trainer Program with Pink Therapy.

Lisa wrote the Module, Protection from Harassment for GSRD People.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer (he/him), has a background in the media and arts, working in radio, tv and performance until he retrained in counselling and psychotherapy and more recently qualified as a supervisor. For 25 years, Robert worked in the NHS and for the last decade as a senior manager and highly specialist psychotherapist at Guys and St ThomasHospitals in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine. He now focuses exclusively on his private practice in central London.

Robert is an integrative psychotherapist and also lectures in his specialism – sex, sexuality, gender and relationships. He is also involved with several public health and therapeutic initiatives for gay men using drugs in sexualised settings. He has published in journals in the UK and US and collections of psychological essays.

Robert revised the Substance Misuse module and presents the webinar

Karen Pollock

Karen Pollock

Karen Pollock (they/them), lives and works in rural Northumberland, UK. They are an anti-oppressive therapist, supervisor and writer specialising in gender, sex and relationship diversity, working online and outdoors at Counselling in Northumberland which they founded in 2016. They also provide training to several organisations and counselling courses, including universities, NHS, BACP and others.

An advanced accredited Pink Therapy GSRD therapist and trainer they graduated from the two-year PG-Dip in GSRD Therapy in 2019 and became a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate in 2022. Their work has been published most recently in the Queering Psychotherapy anthology, where they contributed a chapter on working with sex workers.

Karen wrote the Sex Work module and presents the webinar

Alex Sanderson-Shortt

Alex Sanderson-Shortt

Alex Sanderson-Shortt (he/they) is a relationship therapist working with individuals, couples and CNM groups. He has an MA in Relationship Therapy and a Diploma in Relationship Therapy with GSRD Clients from Pink Therapy. He works exclusively with GSRD clients and has worked in private practice for 15 years. Alex teaches L5 courses in Relationship Therapy and runs CPDs for counsellors working with GSRD clients. Alex writes the regular Relationships column for BACP Private practice magazine focusing on queer topics.

Alex co-wrote the Relationships module

Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan

Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan

Dr. Gökçe Elif Sarıdoğan is an adult psychiatrist, psychotherapist and sex therapist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She obtained her medical degree from Marmara University. She co-founded and has worked in GSRD in the sexuality department of the psychotherapy centre of Erenkoy Mental Health and Research Hospital in Istanbul since 2013. In addition, she is currently a PhD student, A.B.D. in medical pharmacology at the Marmara University School of Medicine.

She had clinical experiences in general medicine at Queen Mary University, Barts and The London; addiction and geriatric psychiatry at Aspen Day Therapy center, Baltimore; psychiatry and neurology, in Sharon Center, New York and Taste and Smell Center, Chicago.

She obtained ECFMG certification in 2020 and GMC registration in 2021.

She is a founding member and a current supervisor in Istanbul Sex Therapy Training Association. She wrote the first LGBT-specific addiction chapter in Addiction Text Book in Turkey.

Her academic interests and work experience also include community mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodiversity and ADHD, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, animal models in behavioural sciences, and psychiatry genetics.

Gökçe revised the Mental Health module and presents the webinar

Claire Stringer

Claire Stringer

Claire Stringer is a qualified Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist working in private practice and specialising in working with GSRD clients and individuals who are at risk of or have been convicted of sexual and/or violent offences. She became interested in the topic of suicide because she noticed that when her clients were first arrested and leading up to their court case, many of them became more vulnerable to self-harm and suicidal thoughts/acts, and wanted to share how it important it is to look after yourself and to encourage you to feel more confident in helping people who are feeling suicidal.

Claire wrote the module on Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

FOUNDATION COURSE CONSULTANT

Darren Langdridge

Darren Langdridge

Darren Langdridge is a Professor of Psychology at the Open University, UK, and a UKCP-accredited existential psychotherapist working in private practice.

For many years Darren has researched and written on sexualities, critical theory, health and psychotherapy, publishing numerous papers and book chapters. He is the author/co-editor of several books including Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (published by Sage), Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method (published by Pearson), Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and Understanding Non-monogamies (published by Routledge).

Darren also co-founded Psychology & Sexuality, a journal published by Taylor & Francis designed to advance the boundaries of work in the psychology of sexualities.

You can find out more about him at www.open.ac.uk/people/dl2688

Darren Langdridge

Darren Langdridge

Darren Langdridge is a Professor of Psychology at the Open University, UK, and a UKCP-accredited existential psychotherapist working in private practice.

For many years Darren has researched and written on sexualities, critical theory, health and psychotherapy, publishing numerous papers and book chapters. He is the author/co-editor of several books including Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (published by Sage), Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method (published by Pearson), Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and Understanding Non-monogamies (published by Routledge).

Darren also co-founded Psychology & Sexuality, a journal published by Taylor & Francis designed to advance the boundaries of work in the psychology of sexualities.

You can find out more about him at www.open.ac.uk/people/dl2688