The Laurel Centre is the home of ISAT – the Institute for Sex Addiction Training who provide training to professionals within a BioPsychoSocial framework.
ISAT was formed in 2014 as a result of receiving so many requests from professionals for training. Our training in sex and porn addiction counselling started in 2011 when we helped develop the ATSAC Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction Therapy which was warmly received for many years until ATSAC ceased to be a training organisation. Since then we have gone on to develop our Diploma in Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder and Sex Addiction (CPCAB Accredited Level 5) as well as our Introductory Certificate for organisations. We also provide CPD days online and from our Leamington office and can tailor make training events to suit the particular needs of health professionals and client groups.
Please take a look at our CSBD/sex addiction training course page for more information and please note that all of our training programmes are now available ONLINE.
Who are we
Paula Hall, Clinical Director, (D.Psych.PW, UKCP Reg, BACP Acc, COSRT Acc, ATSAC)
Paula has been working in the field of Sex Addiction for over 10 years and is author of Understanding & Treating Sex Addiction (Routledge 2013). Sex Addiction – The Partners Perspective (Routledge, 2015) and Sex Addiction – A Guide for Couples is due for release Autumn 2018. She has also been published in a number of academic journals and within the professional press. Paula was a founder trustee of ATSAC and served as Chair for three years and is a member of SASH. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she developed the Hall Recovery Course which is available around the UK and also under licence in Denmark, Holland and Dubai and provides intensive programmes for both people with addiction and partners. She has spoken at conferences in the UK, Europe and in the US on behalf of ESSM, UKCP, BACP, ATSAC, and UKESAD. Media work has included appearances on BBC2’s Newsnight, ITV’s This Morning, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Moral Maze and Channel 4’s acclaimed Porn on the Brain. She is also a regular expert contributor to articles about sex addiction and its impact on partners and society within the national press and radio.
Nick Turner, Course Director (BA, MSc, PGCE, UKCP Reg, MBACP, COSRT Acc, ATSAC)
Formerly Head of Clinical Services at Relate, the UK’s largest provider of relationship counselling in the UK, Nick is an experienced relationship counsellor, sex therapist, supervisor and trainer. Starting as a counsellor with Relate in 1991, Nick later joined Relate’s national training team where he developed and lead a new university validated counsellor training programme, becoming in 2006 the Director of the newly formed Relate Institute, the training centre for all of Relate’s professional training courses from entry level to Masters degree programmes. Since 2011, Nick has, with Paula Hall, been co-facilitating and facilitating recovery programmes for both men and women struggling with addictive and compulsive sexual behaviours as well as for their partners. Alongside this group work, Nick also works with individual clients struggling with sex addiction, their partners and couples.