Partners Of Sexual Addiction - Who We Are

Sally, Sara and Aileen have formed Partners Of Sexual Addiction in response to the rising need for support for those who have discovered their partners have been living a secret life of addiction that has led to betrayal of the relationship.  The shock of the extent of the behaviours represents a trauma and there has been no obvious place to turn to seek support in how to care for oneself and in making immediate and longer term decisions.

We are based in the South West of England and offer support for those who otherwise would feel alone with this very specific trauma.

Sally Openshaw

I am looking forward to meeting you.  I have a natural curiosity to understand and be with others to hear their stories.  I want to encourage you to have an opportunity to talk, whilst I listen carefully to what you say.  You can expect that I will be there alongside you to enable you to be vulnerable or emotional and know that you will not be judged.  I will hold the information that you share with respect and without breaking confidence.

I am familiar with running groups, working with couples and also working with people on their own.  I am reliable and honest.  I will provide feedback on what I see with care and tenderness but without avoidance of tricky issues.  The sheepdog in me will ensure that everyone has space in the group and no one is left behind or left out.  Each person will be valued for their contribution, even if some are more silent than others.

Sally is a member of ATSAC and Cosrt and is a supervisor and trainer.

Qualifications

  • MSc - Human Sexuality

  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

  • COSRT Accredited Fellow and Supervisor

  • IIPA Certified Psychotherapist

  • Diploma in Sex Addiction

Sara Briner

I look forward to welcoming you to our group and aim to support you through this difficult time, so that you have a better understanding of sex addiction to be able to make important decisions and meet others in similar positions.   I have a non-judgemental approach and utmost regard for confidentiality.  I will encourage you to open up to share your experiences and listen whist you do this in a safe supportive environment.

I have many years of experience working with sex and addictions working with couples and individuals.  I have seen the loss and pain couples/individuals go through but also couples who have stayed together.

Sara is a member of ATSAC, the EMDR Association UK and is a senior accredited member of Cosrt as well as being a supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Counselling MBACP (Accred)

  • Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy

  • Diploma in Sex Addiction

  • Relate Trained Relationship Counsellor

  • Foundation Certificate in CBT Skills

Aileen George

I would like to warmly welcome you to the Partners Of Sexual Addiction website.  I understand that finding help and support in the darkest of days following discovery that your partner has been engaged in behaviours you knew nothing about can feel daunting.  

For a few years now I have worked with partners of those with sexual addiction, people who have shared their confusion, pain and aloneness.  From this has grown a deep commitment to gently hold someone who has found themselves in this place.  I have learned that the pain and fear of being a partner of someone who is sexually addicted is like no other experience.  I have been able to use my previous experience of being a therapist familiar with bereavement and loss to understand the depth of loss experienced.  It’s important to me to truly see you as a person, given that a big part of that loss is a loss of identity.

In addition to the commitment and care I offer in working individually with partners, I understand that there is a primal need to connect with other partners and find a supportive community.  My previous experience of working in inclusive groups has helped me understand the power of having a voice and having that voice heard and validated.  Above all else it is important to me to offer a place of safety in a world that has suddenly become unsafe for you.

Aileen is a member of ATSAC and StopSo as well as being a supervisor and trainer.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Counselling MBACP (Accred)

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland Accredited Counsellor

  • Diploma in Sex Addiction

  • Specialist Training With StopSo

  • Certificate in Working With Personality Disorders