Our Team

Our team of sex and relationship therapists in training are able to help with a wide variety of sexual and relationship problems for individuals, couples and multiple partnered people.

Julie Sale Sex Therapy Herts

Julie Sale

Clinical Director, COSRT Senior Accredited Sex & Relationship Therapist, COSRT Accredited Clinical Supervisor, UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist

Julie is our Clinical Director and Director of the Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology. She is a UKCP Registered and Accredited general psychotherapist,  COSRT Senior Accredited Sex and Relationship Therapist and COSRT Accredited Clinical Supervisor. Julie has extensive experience working with sex and relationship themes both in the NHS and in private practice. Julie is a Pink Therapy endorsed GSRD Aware Trainer.

Kathy Freeman Sex Therapy Herts

Kathy Freeman

Practice Manager and Course Administrator

Kathy holds a combined role in our team, both supporting Sex Therapy Herts as our Practice Manager and supporting CICS as Course Administrator. She has spent her working life in mental health, initially as an NHS administrator at Fairfield Hospital and latterly as Practice Manager for Local Counselling Centre. Kathy brings with her an in-depth knowledge of different healthcare models and healthcare providers. A naturally warm and empathic person, Kathy has enormous skill at helping our clients access the appropriate help they need.

If you have an enquiry about accessing psychosexual or relationship therapy, please contact Kathy on kathy@contemporarypsychotherapy.co.uk

Sex Therapy Herts Team Profiles

The Sex Therapy Herts Team are all studying with the Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology (CICS) and are at a point in their specialist training to be able to apply their learning to clinical practice. Their training at CICS is sex positive, inclusive, evidence based and up to date. As you can see from their profiles, they all bring relevant previous life and work experiences to add to their excellent specialist training.

Mardi Kennedy Sex Therapy Herts

Mardi Kennedy

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Mardi is a Melbournian who has been living in Belfast since 2016. She has worked extensively in Sexual Health Education, Community Development and Advocacy with marginalised communities, particularly with Sex Workers, LGBTQIA+ community, Women’s Health and People of Faith.

As a Sex and Relationship Therapist in training, Mardi welcomes all clients to work with her to create an affirming, non-judgemental and authentic space whilst de-stigmatising sexual problems and activities. As a firm believer in knowledge as power, she will support your sex therapy journey towards sexual, emotional and bodily autonomy.

Damien Frin Sex Therapy Herts

Damien Frin

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Originally from France, Damien has lived in the UK for over 5 years. He did his master's in stage design and theatre directing before training as a language teacher. He speaks three languages (French, English and Spanish) and finds the correlation between spoken language and psychology fascinating. He has a particular interest in the way healing, sexuality and creativity interact.

He is passionate about diversity and is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ and ESL (English as a Second Language) communities. He identifies as a gay man and a foreigner who enjoys relating with people marginalised on different levels. He likes working on intersectionality and within spectrums such as gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, race, disability, stigma and faith.

Damien publishes psychoeducational content his professional Instagram account.

Emma Laxton Sex Therapy Herts

Emma Laxton

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Emma is passionate about working with people with sexual function issues to enable them to unlock more pleasure and satisfaction in their sexual lives. She draws on various therapy approaches to work with sexual problems, tailoring her approach to each individual client or couple. She takes an affirmative approach to counselling people with LGBTQIA+ identities, kink preferences and non-monogamous relationship styles.

Outside of therapy, Emma works as a Marketing Executive and runs a wild swimming group for vulnerable adults. She is enthusiastic about the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors and being engaged in physical activity.

Mia Zur-Szpiro Sex Therapy Herts

Mia Zur-Szpiro

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Mia is passionate about her work as a sex and relationship therapist, exploring parts of human experience that are so significant, and yet for so many, impacted by narrow social messaging, poor education, complex upbringings and life experiences. Mia aims to use her work as a therapist to support individuals to realise the most shame-free, joyful and grounded versions of themselves.

Outside of her sex therapy training work, Mia is a creative producer working across podcast, radio and documentaries, exploring themes of global culture and identity. She had, for the last two years, worked as the producer for a sex education platform, making videos and podcasts platforming diverse conversations and voices around themes of sex, gender, sexuality and relationships. She is also a Pilates instructor.

As a therapist Mia brings a somatic understanding, a deep appreciation of the mind body connection and holistic view of life to her therapy work.

Lucie Lopes Sex Therapy Herts

Lucie Lopes

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Lucie has spent her career in large corporations where she has had the opportunity to experience various senior roles. In 2008, she led a program of works to drive cultural and behavioural change on a global scale and this prompted her to do a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Lucie has learnt a lot about cultural differences and has worked in multiple various countries throughout her career.

Lucie has found her passion is to help and support people through periods of change. She decided to specialise sex and relationship therapy due to it being an area of counselling which is so fundamental to people's life and wellbeing. Sex and relationships are part of all of our lives in various shapes or forms and Lucie sees being part of a resource network in someone's personal or relational journey as a great privilege.

Frankie Jones Sex Therapy Herts

Frankie Jones

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Frankie has spent the majority of her adult life as a professional actor which has given her the opportunity to work with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Through this field of work it became apparent how many people felt as though they would benefit from a therapist with extensive knowledge in sex and relationships. Identifying as queer Frankie feels that understanding herself and her world will be a lifelong journey, and she knows how dedicated time in a non-judgmental space can be a real gift, which she feels privileged to offer to her clients. Frankie feels that therapy provides people with what might be the only time in their day to openly explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions and she is  passionate about supporting clients in a safe and non-judgmental way.

Jess Lamb Sex Therapy Herts

Jess Lamb

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

Jess has been in the field of psychology and mental health for the past six years, initially working on psychiatric wards and for the past two years, in a mental health charity. Jess oversees the daily running and coordination of four mental health services and has multiple years of experience with one-to-one and group sessions.

Jess is able to provide individual diversity aware therapy relating to psychosexual issues such as erection difficulties, difficulties with orgasm, pleasure and desire, painful sex, vaginismus, kink and BDSM. Jess is a sex work advocate and has contributed to academic literature to support the reduction in sex work stigma.

Sam Wilkins Sex Therapy Herts

Sam Wilkins

Sex and Relationship Therapist in Training

I have spent most of my adult life working with animals, dogs in particular, rescuing, training, adopting them and running my own business with a team of equally animal obsessed people around me.

From the age of 20, I have had two ambitions in life, to work with animals, and to become a Sex Therapist!

Four years ago, the time felt right for me to peruse the possibility of training to become a Clinical Sexologist and it has been an amazing journey.

Being able to provide a non judgemental safe space for my clients to speak openly about their past traumas, fears, intimacy problems, hidden kinks and fetishes (I am a kink aware therapist), is truly everything to me.

I also hold a placement position at Body Positive in Cheshire (LGBTQ+) which specialises in delivering comprehensive sexual health services for the LGBTQ+ community.