The Laurel Centre is the home of ISAT – the Institute for Sex Addiction Training.
ISAT was formed in 2014 as a result of receiving so many requests from professionals for training. Our sex addiction counsellor training 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 Accredited Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling as well as our Introductory Certificate in Sex Addiction Counselling for organisations. We also provide an ever-growing range of CPD days from our London, Leamington and Sheffield offices and can tailor make training events to suit the particular needs of health professionals and client groups.
Please take a look at our sex addiction training course page for more information.
Who we are
(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.
(MA, BACP, ATSAC, NVQ3 Health & Social Care)
Justin comes from a training and development background, formerly working as a Training Consultant within the general insurance and IT industries. Prior to joining Paula in 2014 he was the Operational Lead for a third sector therapy service. Justin facilitates recovery programmes for both men and women struggling with addictive and compulsive sexual behaviours as well as for their partners and has developed successful online video conferencing recovery groups, training and supervising group facilitators. Alongside this group work, Justin also works with individual clients struggling with sex addiction, their partners and couples.
(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.
Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI), Los Angeles and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health is an UCLA MSW graduate and early trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is also author of Cruise Control, Sex Addiction 101 and co-author of both Closer Together Further Apart and the 2015 release, Always Turned On: Understanding Sexual Addiction in the Digital Age with Dr. Jennifer Schneider. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and the Today Show among many others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the N.I.H., the US Marines, Navy as well as multi-addiction, behavioural health treatment centres across the globe.