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Debbie Lovell

MSc, MSc, BA(Hons), MBPsS, MBACP

Counsellor, Clinical Sexologist / Sex Therapist, Counselling Psychologist in Training

Availability: Not currently accepting new clients

Fees:  £70 for individuals and couples (50 mins)


• In progress – Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the
University of the West of England, Bristol (UK).
• Master of Social Science in Counselling from the University of South Australia, Adelaide
• Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester
• Board certified Clinical Sexologist/Sex Therapist, Therapist Certification
Association (USA).
• BACP Registered
• Member of the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)


I worked within a multidisciplinary team in a private medical practice in Hong Kong for many years. Alongside general counselling, my specialist interests were the cognitive, emotional and behavioural components of sexual difficulties and eating disturbances. I relocated to the UK in 2017 to study for a professional doctorate in counselling psychology. My research is in female sexual pain disorders and I have continued to work with eating disturbances in an inpatient unit.

What do I offer?

My specialist interest in sexual difficulties and eating disturbances are underpinned by my interdisciplinary background of psychology and physiology. The interplay of mind and body is also central to my broader work. I therefore work in the following areas:

Sexual difficulties – painful sex (dyspareunia), desire disparity within a
couple, low desire/sexual interest, arousal difficulties, erectile dysfunction,
early or delayed ejaculation, difficulties with orgasm
Eating disturbances – over eating, binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia
nervosa (low severity, high risk must be managed within a multidisciplinary
General counselling- stress, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, poor
body image and sleep disturbances

I work in a time limited or open-ended manner with adult individuals and couples. The nature of the presenting problem and the client’s preference informs how many sessions are required. Each session is 50 mins but when working with a couple it may be preferable to have an extended session (100 mins) during the initial stage of the work.

Approach and orientation

I use an integrative approach drawing on various therapeutic models to meet the
unique needs of each client. I may use techniques from CBT to explore nteraction of current thoughts, feelings and behaviour or work within a psychodynamic approach if exploring links of present concerns with earlier life experiences.

Philosophy on counselling and psychotherapy

As practitioners, we may spend many years learning about what it is to be human, the science of the brain and different theoretical models. However, more central to our endeavour is the empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard that is brought to the therapeutic work. Only when a client feels accepted, valued and respected are they able to speak openly about their internal world and life experience.

I believe counselling offers a space like no other. It is a confidential space in which clients can voice without concern of judgement, be supported through their discomfort, expand their understanding, and work collaboratively through their distress.

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