When: Saturday 8th Feb 2020

Where: Amnesty HQ, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Time: Registration with coffee opens at 8.40 am. The conference starts at 9.00am and the conference is scheduled to close by 4.45pm. The members-only AGM runs from 4.45 -5.30pm.

Our exciting one-day annual conference designed for therapists, practitioners and researchers who are interested in learning more about working with sexual addiction and compulsivity.

Hear from eminent experts and attend workshops on related topics. With three different keynote speakers and a selection of workshops, you can select the workshops relevant to your area of interest.


Our 2020 Speakers:

Dr. Roberta Babb & Silva Neves

Chartered Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist

Roberta Babb is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with forensic populations in a psychologically informed way since 2002 and as a qualified clinician since 2008. Roberta has a specialist interest in personality disorders, diversity and sexually compulsive offending behaviours. She has worked in a variety of forensic contexts across a diverse range and severity of offending behaviour.

Silva Neves is a COSRT accredited psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, a trauma psychotherapist and an EMDR therapist. Silva also specialises in working with sexual trauma, infidelity and compulsive sexual behaviours.

Both Roberta and Silva were feature therapists in the BBC series “Sex on The Couch”, an educational programme about real-life sex therapy.

Dr Christine Rhodes & Yasuhiro Kotera

Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology

Christine has a master’s degree in Addictions Studies from Hazelden/Betty Ford Graduate School in Minnesota, Christine has worked in the addictions field as a counsellor in both the US and Bermuda, and in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and private practice. Christine’s research interests include the study of addiction as a family disease.

Yasuhiro is an Accredited Psychotherapist with the BACP and a neurolinguistics programming trainer with the Society of NLP, working with people from diverse backgrounds. Yasuhiro has numerous academic publications, across the fields of mental health, addictions, motivation, and cross-cultural psychology. Both Christine and Yasuhiro lecture at the University of Derby.

Dr. Marcantonio Spada

Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health

Marcantonio is Head of the Division of Psychology and Deputy Lead of the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research. Marcantonio’s main research focus is on identifying metacognitive factors involved in the development and maintenance of addictive behaviours with the central aim of developing and evaluating new psychological treatments which target metacognitive change. Author of 135 scientific journal articles and three books, Marcantonio also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Addictive Behaviours and Addictive Behaviours Reports, is on the editorial board of several international journals, Director of UK SMART Recovery and a Trustee of GambleAware.


Healing the Couple Relationship Ruptures

Dr. Roberta Babb & Silva Neves

An overview of the theoretical concepts underpinning the clinical work of couples in a discussion between Dr Babb and Mr Neves about the practical experience of assessing, formulating and working with couples impacted by compulsive sexual behaviours. When working with clients who engage in compulsive sexual behaviours, the clinical work can be individualistic which can exclude important issues associated with race, culture, the couple and the family system. Involving a critique of some of the theoretical concepts underpinning the clinical work of couples (e.g. The Sexual Addiction Model, Psychodynamic Concepts, Systems Theory, The Out of Control Sexual Behaviour (OCSB) Model, and a psycho-sexological and relational approach).

Understanding the Pathways to Sex Addiction and Compulsivity and the Implications for Treatment and Recovery

Dr. Christine Rhodes & Yasuhiro Kotera

Trauma and adverse childhood events are associated with sexual addiction and compulsivity, yet research about causal constructs remains unexplored. In our international study, we explored the relationship between sex addiction and five factors: adverse childhood experience, adult attachment, narcissism, motivation and self-compassion. Our findings revealed a number of very salient findings, some in contrast to the previous literature. We look forward to discussing our study in relation to useful suggestions and implications for practice, and to inform you about our ongoing research into the benefits of psychoeducation as a therapeutic intervention.

Desire Thinking: A New Target in the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity

Marcantonio Spada

Dr Spada will outline the nature of the construct of ‘desire thinking’ and its relationship to addiction as one of the factors involved in the development and maintenance of addictive behaviours.

‘Desire thinking’ is a form of thinking that goes beyond rumination and worry and is linked to the persistence and escalation of craving. The body of work that Dr Spada has led has resulted in the development of a novel clinical model aimed at explaining the unfolding of addictive behaviours and the application of targeted techniques in its treatment.

By understanding more about what ‘desire thinking’ is and how it differs from other forms of extended thinking, practitioners will acquire new knowledge and skills with to help them delineate the role of desire thinking in the development and maintenance of addictive behaviour and to find an additional tool for harm reduction and recovery.


A – Sensory Processing and Case Formulation – Making Sense of Our Senses

Andy Cole

This workshop assesses the ways in which sensory processing may form an important part of case formulation.  Insights from client case studies are shared and participants are encouraged to assess their own sensory pattern and to consider the ways in which this learning provides them with a different way of thinking about their inner and outer sensory world.

B – Porn, Brains and Harmful Sexual Behaviour – SPACES LIMITED

Mary Sharpe

How does bingeing on internet porn impact on the brain, especially in adolescents? What is the latest research on Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder? What are the implications for therapy? Attendees will receive 1 CPD point accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

C – The Body in Recovery – SPACES LIMITED

John Beveridge

Many people in recovery are becoming aware that the talking cure alone does not reach trauma.  The workshop explores how using Somatic techniques and by being able to regulate our own and our clients’ nervous systems, we can help people to overcome trauma. And the clue is in the word ‘nervous!’

D – Clinicians in Togetherness

Dr. Roberta Babb & Silva Neves

Offering clinicians practical ways of working with couples who have experienced ruptures in their relationships due to compulsive sexual behaviours.  The workshop will also offer practitioners a space to reflect upon their own practice and examine their own conscious and unconscious bias.

E – Working with the 12-Step Programmes – SPACES LIMITED

Sex Addicts Anonymous

This workshop provides an opportunity to better understand 12-step programmes and how they can form an important part of a client’s recovery. You will be given an insider perspective on 12- step programmes from members of Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA). There will be an opportunity to learn how the 12 Step programme and 12 Traditions work in practice. Some SAA members will also speak about how the 12 Steps has worked alongside therapy and other group work and role they have played in their personal recovery journey. The workshop should better equip you to discuss with clients considering attending 12-step meetings as well as how group work in general can enhance a person’s recovery.

F – ASD Pornography and Boundaries

Sue Maxwell

How the client’s voice is “heard” in therapy sessions. Collaborating with clients and entering the therapeutic space that the therapist may find challenging.  Client’s voices are introducing us to their concerns. Bring your case work to share?