Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy

Would you like more confidence with the topic of sex in therapy?

Would you like to add this to your scope of practice and revenue?

This course helps qualified therapists work more effectively with common sexual issues, by  providing a solid grounding in theory and skills.

This 8-day certificate course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who have qualified in working with individuals or couples or other forms of relationship – who would now like to take an additional training for more confidence and knowledge to work with sexual difficulties. 

The course is designed for therapists to begin this training without any prior experience of working with psychosexual topics. However, those practitioners who already work with couples or relationship issues may find this a useful additional layer of learning, by adding further dimensions to this work.

This training is offered as a CPD programme (Continuous Professional Development). It is designed to give participants a CPD certificate as evidence of having taken additional specialised training in psychosexual therapy for couples and other types of relationship – to equip therapists with relevant knowledge and models when addressing sex in their therapy work. 

The starting point of the course requires that participants have competence in core therapeutic and relational skills. Of its very nature, the material will bring an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own attitudes towards intimate sexual relationships.

This course sits alongside The Grove’s Certificate in Couple / Relationship Therapy. In combination, these two Certificate courses give a thorough base from which to work therapeutically with sex and relationship issues.

All students must be qualified as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or in a related professional field. This assumes an understanding of the basic tenets of establishing safety and containment in therapy in order to provide a secure base for working with couples and other forms of relationship where there can be testing dynamics to be navigated with ethical competence by the therapist.

Although the qualification lacks an Ofqual-regulated status, we would say that it is taught at the equivalent of Level 6: as a post-qualification training with the requirement to evaluate theoretical concepts and implementation in practice with a significant level of reflective self-assessment.

Please see the feedback from previous students on the Couple/Relationship course, in the testimonials at the bottom of this page.

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.

The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: BACP, UKCP, COSRT, NCP, NCS, AHPP, BPS, among others. Organisations such as Relate and MIND and Place2B have also supported their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs for these members.

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Key Information

Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy

Cabby Laffy has over 25-years’ experience as training facilitator and psychotherapist with individuals and couples and is author of LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013).
Cabby is joined by Polly McAfee as a co-facilitator on this course. 
Together through the Centre for Psychosexual Health, Cabby and Polly have successfully run a 2-year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy which is accredited by COSRT.

£1,900 + VAT = £2,280 payable in full  or by instalments.  A non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable to secure a place on this course. After that, the total remaining payable must be reached by 6 weeks before the final weekend of the training.

The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD certificate. 

When training is held at a venue (rather than by Zoom): tea, coffee and biscuits are provided during the course. Lunch is not included in the course fee. There are many shops and cafes nearby offering refreshments and lunches.


This intake will take place on Zoom.

Friday and Saturday dates in 2022:

11 & 12 March
8 & 9 April
6 & 7 May
10 & 11 June

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm.

Enquire now by emailing         [email protected] 


We hope that this intake will take place in person, with Zoom as a backup plan.

Friday and Saturday dates in 2022:

16 & 17 September
14 & 15 October
18 & 19 November
16 & 17 December

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm.

Enquire now by emailing         [email protected] 

Further Information

This 8-day certificate course, facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Polly McAfee, is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with psychosexual issues. Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights, tools and confidence to work with clients’ sexual concerns. These may range from lack of sexual interest to pain during penetration to difficulty asserting boundaries or communicating preferences to recovery from sexual trauma and shame.  The course gives a brief overview of sexual anatomy for the purposes of enhancing pleasure. It looks at ways to help clients keep desire alive in long term relationships. Our approach celebrates Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). We include the impact of societal and cultural beliefs on our sexual lives. The trainers advocate working with both/all partners where possible when treating psychosexual issues, and the course will include reference to working with individually and with couples/relationships.

The programme will include:

  • Teaching material on all the course topics, including diagrams to potentially share with clients
  • Description of other services available to clients addressing psychosexual issues
  • Introduction to psychosexual tasks outside the session time
  • Discussions in the full group of the material being presented, including opportunities to ask questions and check understanding
  • Considerations and process for intake, history-taking and assessment, and therapeutic process with couples and other relationships
  • Experiential exercises to embed understanding of the material presented
  • Work in small groups (dyads, triads) as skills practice using the taught material.

Theory ✓        Experiential components ✓         Skills Practice ✓

1.       Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy – an educational, behavioural and psychotherapeutic model. Expectations, for therapists and clients. Counter-transference.


2.       Common Psychosexual issues and treatment approaches – Distinction between organic and inorganic, universal and situational issues.


3.       Sexual Anatomy – including potential for expanded pleasure by understanding the full extent of the clitoris, and the position of the prostate gland. Brief introduction to gender-confirming surgery. Bodily self-knowledge and self-acceptance


4.       Arousal and Desire Spontaneous and responsive desire. Brakes and accelerators. Differentiation. Considering sex as a buffet not a 3-course meal.


5.       Working with ShameInfluences from family, culture, early experiences. Transference.


6.       Sex after sexual trauma – Self-regulation and co-regulation. Accepting self as a sexual being. Listening to the body.


7.       Communication – Working with couples and other relationships, also with a client’s internal parts. Facilitating dialogue. Conflict.


8.       Creating a model for psychosexual health – Review of theory and psychosexual interventions

This course has a biopsychosocial underpinning – whereby the body’s physiology and the client’s psychological process are considered within the sociological context.

This course has a sex-positive philosophy, in which sex has a valid place within therapeutic work.

The CPD certificate will be issued upon satisfactory attendance on all 8 days of the course. If any days are missed, this will be reflected on the CPD certificate. Learning is absorbed by attendance and participation on the course. There is no other formal assessment. Additional reading is encouraged to broaden learning gained from the course. 

We also recommend that anyone undertaking sex therapy seeks supervision from a suitably-qualified professional, to support this important area of work.

 cabby-2015Cabby Laffy has been a facilitator of training and workshops since 1991. She has also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples, and a supervisor for individual and couple work, for over twenty-five years. She is a UKCP registered and NCP accredited psychotherapist, a COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist and supervisor, an educator and group facilitator, and a member of PCSR and PCU. Cabby’s book LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013) presents a model for psychosexual health. Cabby is available for one to one and couple therapy, training, and supervisionwww.psychosexualhealth.org.uk

Cabby has created a Homeodynamic Model for Psychosexual Health, which offers an integrative understanding of human relationships and sexuality encompassing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and our social and cultural environment. This approach includes research from neuroscience, complementary and alternative health therapies and cognitive behavioural therapy, and draws from eastern sexual healing practices as well western approaches to psychosexual therapy. The Homeodynamic Model is taught at Cabby’s Centre for Psychosexual Health (CPH) – www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk – primarily through a two year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy.  She is an experienced practitioner in her client work and training roles, with a speciality in psychosexual therapy.

Cabby and her daughter, Shana Laffy, have established Heartful Therapy to provide training courses and therapy with the aim of providing high quality and experiential training in relationship and couple therapy and using the arts as a therapeutic tool. Heartful Therapy Training offers a variety of courses, some 1-day CPD events, as well as this certificate course run in association with The Grove. www.heartfultherapy.co.uk

Polly McAfee is a partner at the Centre for Psychosexual Health. She is an integrative humanistic counsellor, a graduate of CPH and holds an M.A. in Effective Learning. She has completed additional training with the Institute of Group Analysis, Pink Therapy, the Gestalt Centre, Barbara Carellas, Layla Martin and Spectrum Therapy. She is a member of BACP and COSRT. As well as her counselling work and teaching for CPH, she runs groups for women exploring sex and sexuality.

Together, Cabby and Polly have successfully run a 2-year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy, a course accredited by COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapy).  So their credentials and knowledge base in this area are very well established.

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Testimonials from previous participants, which represent genuine feedback after attending the course:

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