Professor Dick Swaab MD PhD

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Dick Swaab has agreed to become a patron of COSRT.  We look forward to working with him.

Professor Dick Swaab MD PhD

Professor Swaab was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research from 1978 to 2005.  Since 1979 he is Professor of Neurobiology at the Medical Faculty, University of Amsterdam.  In 1985 he founded the Netherlands Brain Bank and was Director until 2005.  He is Leader Research team Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Neth. Inst for Neuroscience, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and is appointed since 2011 Chao Kuang Piu Chair of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China.  His major research interests focus on sexual differentiation of the human brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation, aging of the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and the neurobiological basis of depression and suicide.  He has published over 570 papers in SCI journals, authored more than 200 chapters in books, and edited more than 60 books.  Professor Swaab mentored 84 PhD students from which 20 are now full professors.  He is author of the two volume monograph The Human Hypothalamus that appeared in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series, Elsevier and of the Dutch best seller We are our Brains, that sold more than 450.000 copies in the Netherlands that is translated in 15 languages.  There is also a children’s version of the book (You are your brain) that is translated in Russian and Thai.  In September 2016 Professor Swaab published a second book for the general public Our Creative Brain, that also came in the bestseller list.  His H-factor is 80.


Forensic clients


COSRT now has a new step in the Course Approval process, “Course Approval Pending”.

This is for new courses to COSRT and is a paper exercise conducted by the Professional Standards Board.  “Course Approval Pending” is awarded to those courses that on paper meet the requirements of the Course Approval document CA3. Courses can advertise that they have been awarded this title. A full Course Approval visit is conducted after one year and, subject to the criteria being met, full Course Approval is awarded.

Courses recently awarded Course Approval Pending

Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy

(Accredited with NCP at level 5)

Course Director: Cabby Laffy

Venue: Spiral Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, London, N7 6DL

Contact:  The Centre for Psychosexual Health

Phone: 07981 665 917



Guidelines for psychosexual therapists who work with issues around Sober Sex

These guidelines are drawn from the clinical experience of working in a busy psychosexual clinic at 56 Dean Street of Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with patients who present with the goal of achieving sober sex. The sexuality of the caseload where the references are made upon is mainly men having sex with men (MSM). There has been a significant increase in presentations around Sober Sex within psychosexual clinics recently, thus the need to draw some initial guidelines.

The guidelines include:  definitions on ChemSex and Sober Sex, therapeutic contracts, assessments, a list of difficulties around Sober Sex, useful tools and theoretical models to consider as well as ideas for good use of supervision and list of resources/references.

Read more: Guidelines psychosexual therapists issues around sober sex

Sex in Later Life: A COSRT media lunch

On 12th June COSRT held its first event tailored specifically for the media, exploring the issues relating to sex in later life. The lunch event was hosted by our Chair Trudy Hannington and attended by journalists from a range of major women’s magazines and national newspapers. Taking the form of a roundtable discussion, with contributions from our Chair Trudy Hannington, Professor Geoffrey Hackett and Dr Glynn Hudson Allez. The event was a great success and will further help us position COSRT as a leading source of comment and expertise in relation to sex and relationship issues, and pave the way for a greater media presence in the future. A follow up event is being planned with Professor Hackett and Trudy Hannington to further explore the physiological/medical and psychological issues in sexual difficulties along with a review of the latest medications. Keep checking the COSRT website for further information.

The Week the Women Came

“The Week the Women Came” that Trudy Hannington made on anorgasmia was broadcast on Monday 16th Dec 10pm on more4.


Please feel free to participate

C5 programme goes live with Jo Coker

I Lost Weight But Lost My Husband!

It is always assumed that weight loss will make people happy and give them, not only a great body, but also a fabulous relationship. The reality however is far from true as often the weight loss disturbs the balance of the relationship. Jo and Darren, who I worked with in this programme, were a couple who were struggling to reconnect after Jo’s weight loss of 10 stone. Jo worked so hard to lose her weight to improve her health, but then found herself battling to save her relationship after making lifestyle changes with food and exercise. I have worked with clients suffering with morbid obesity for many years using a psychological approach to the particular difficulties that this group face. View the programme.

2013 Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to the two new Fellows of COSRT, Tricia Barnes and Judi Keshet-Orr, who were awarded their fellowship for their outstanding contribution to the field of Psychosexual Therapy. The awards were made by Trudy Hannington, Chair of COSRT at the Summer Conference on July 13th 2013.


Tricia Barnes


Judi Keshet-Orr

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Julie Sales wins the 2012 post graduate award

Julie Sale has won the 2012 Post Graduate award for work completed while a student on the London Diploma in Sex and Relationship Therapy.  Julie did her clinical placement as part of the The Letchworth Counselling Centre’s psychosexual team.  Julie is seen at the conference being presented with her award by COSRT’s chair Trudy Hannington.