Our Trustees

Stephanie Palin

Stephanie has worked as an integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer for 35 years, with Relate, NHS and in Private Practice. She developed many courses for Relate’s workforce including Sex Therapy and online courses. As a trainer, Stephanie established Therapy Institute to develop her passion for working with couples and with sex addiction, and has presented at many conferences on working with sexual problems. She works internationally with English speakers from many countries and brings her passion and experience to the role of Chair of ATSAC.


Sue Maxwell

Sue has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 20 years. Prior to that, Sue worked in the NHS as a nurse manager in the mental health service for 30 years . More recently, Sue worked with Relationships Scotland as Head of Network Services. Sue has always wanted to ensure that clients/patients are offered safe and good quality clinical or therapy service. Sue is committed to supporting the organisational development of ATSAC and the quality of practitioners to facilitate access for clients to therapy. Having worked for another Professional Body previously, Sue believe it is import for ATSAC as a member organisation to foster links with the many professional organisations that offer Registration to practitioners who work in this area.


Andy Cole

Andy works in private practice supporting clients with substance and behavioural addiction. He is a Trustee of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity and member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners. Andy also runs a business psychology consultancy where he specialises in executive coaching and leadership development. He is interested in interpersonal communication and the impact of personality and behaviour on how we think and act.


Chi Ko

Chi is a qualified Mental Health Nurse and an accredited Psychotherapist with over 25 years working experience in the areas of Mental Health and Sexual Health. His work experiences include the NHS, third sectors and private sectors. Chi currently runs a successful psychotherapy service (START Therapy) in Manchester where he provides clinical placements and supervision for Trainee Psychosexual Therapists. Additionally, Chi volunteers at St Catherine’s Hospice for the bereaved.


Anna Palin-Swift

Anna is a qualified integrative Psychotherapist with 14 years’ experience in the field of psychology. Previously Anna worked with Relate in both a face to face and online capacity offering relationship support and working for Employee Assistance Programmes. She now has a successful private practice supporting individuals and couples with mental health issues, relationship needs and sexual compulsivity. Anna is passionate about supporting ATSAC in promoting awareness of sexual compulsivity and it’s impacts.

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