Silva Neves Specialist Psychotherapy in Central London W1 & EC1

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About me

I am a fully qualified, experienced and accredited psychotherapist, specialist in psychosexual & relationship therapy, couples therapy, and the treatment of compulsive sexual behaviours. I am also a clinical traumatologist specialist in providing therapy for survivors of sexual abuse. I work with a diverse range of clients.
I offer clinical supervision to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals.

I hold a full professional insurance.

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Professional Memberships

  • Accredited member of COSRT (College Of Sexual and Relationship Therapists)
  • Member of the British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM)
  • Member of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM)
  • Member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM)
  • Accredited member of the National Counselling Society
  • Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Member of NCP (The National Council of Psychotherapists)
  • Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Member of UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society)
  • Member of ESTSS (European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies)

    Being awarded the accreditation with COSRT means that I am a specialist in psychosexual and relationship therapy, having met strict criteria in respect of training, experience, knowledge, ethical standards, clinical skills and commitment to continuous professional development.

    Being a member of The British Society for Sexual Medicine, The European Society for Sexual Medicine and The International Society for Sexual Medicine means that I keep updated on all the current research and interventions in the field of human sexuality

    Being a member of UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society) and ESTSS (European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) means that I keep updated on all current research and interventions in the field of psychological traumatology.

    I abide by the code of ethics and best practice of each of these professional memberships.

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    My Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosexual, Relationship and Couples Therapy. Awarded with distinction. (LDPRT). Middlesex University.
  • Certificate in Transformative Couples Therapy. Encounter-centred approach.
  • Certificate in Sex Addiction Treatment. (Dr Patrick Carnes. IITAP).
  • Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy. (Babette Rothschild).
  • Completed EMDR training. EMDR Extra (Training accredited by EMDR Association UK & Ireland).
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Awarded with distinction.
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Awarded with distinction.
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision (CPPD).
  • Diploma in Eating Disorders Practitioner (NCFED).
  • Diploma in Obesity Interventions Practitioner (NCFED).
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy

    I take my continuous professional development seriously. I attend seminars and conferences regularly to keep my knowledge and practice updated.
    I have attended seminars with world-renowned specialist in the field of sex and relationship therapy, including Dr Harville Hendrix, Dr Helen LaKelly Hunt (Imago Therapy) and Dr David Schnarch (Crucible Therapy). I also attend regular professional development on trauma therapy.

  • How I work

    First, I will see you for an initial consultation.
    After an initial consultation, an agreement between you and I will be discussed, including a day and time for therapy, which is usually the same every week, although I aim to be flexible with my appointments.

    The number of sessions varies, depending on the issues. I am happy to work with an open-ended agreement within which you and I will make regular reviews on how the therapeutic progress is going, and then, when appropriate, we will agree on an ending.

    I am also happy to work in 'time-limited' therapy within which we agree at the beginning how many sessions you want. Of course, in order for therapy to be effective, the number of sessions have to be realistic.

    Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

    The process of counselling and psychotherapy can be challenging at times. But it is through that process that better understanding of yourself can be gained and enable you to make positive changes.

    Individual Therapy: The initial consultation lasts for 50 minutes and sessions after that lasts for 50 minutes each.

    Couples Therapy: The initial consultation lasts for 50 minutes and each sessions after that lasts between 50 minutes and 110 minutes (double session), depending on the presenting issues.


    What you tell me will be kept strictly confidential. I will not share any information to a third party, unless under exceptional circumstances. These are:
  • Serious risk of harm to self or others.
  • Current physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult.
  • Disclosure of terrorism (requirement of the Terrorism Act 2000).
  • Disclosure of drug or people trafficking
  • Disclosure of money laundering
  • I may be subpoenaed by a court to give evidence under oath.

    I am bound by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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    My experience

  • I have been working in my full-time private practice for many years.

  • I worked as a Clinical Associate of The Hudson Centre for 5 years treating individuals and couples suffering from sex addiction and their partners. I co-facilitated sex addiction groups and other therapeutic workshops. I also worked with traumas primarily using EMDR.

  • I was a clinical associate of Therapy Harley Street as a specialist psychotherapy consultant in psychosexual and relationship therapy and trauma therapy.

  • I worked as a psychosexual therapist for the NHS Chelsea and Westminster Trust at 56 Dean Street, based in Soho, the busiest and most innovative sexual health NHS clinic in the UK. for more information about 56 Dean Street, click here

  • I have worked with people living with HIV with charity organisation Positive East. For more information on Positive East, click here

  • I have experience working with members of the LGBT community. I employ a sexuality affirmative approach.

  • I have experience working with people suffering from long-enduring mental health problems both on practical and emotional level.

  • Publications and media

  • I regularly contribute to the journal of The National Council of Psychotherapists with articles such as 'Helping Couples Find Eros' , 'Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy', 'Being Hypersexual', 'From Shame to Grace', 'The Trauma of Terrorism'.

  • I am one of the Intimacy experts for the app Pillow. I am the author of one of the intimacy episodes for the app, as well as a contributor to the Pillow blog.

  • I am a monthly columnist writing expert articles on sex and relationships and general mental health well-being for Gay Times.

  • I have been interviewed on several occasions to comment on topics such as 'porn addiction' and 'sex addiction'.

  • I have been interviewed by The Daily Telegraph on male fertility issues in the context of a fertility test being available. To read the article click here

  • I have published an article on my work as a psychosexual, relationship and couples therapist in the August 2014 issue of the National Counselling Society newsletter.

  • My article 'From shame to Grace' on gay men mental health well-being was published in, a website established by 56 Dean Street, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, in September 2014. This article was also published in the journal for The National Council of Psychotherapists, Spring 2015 edition.

  • My quote on gay men's mental health appeared in the national magazine QX Magazine on the October 2014 issue. To read the article, click here

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