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John Reilly-Dixon

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Senior Lecturer in Counselling/Counselling Psychology

I am a Relate-trained sex and relationship therapist having initially qualified as a couple counsellor in 2007 before undertaking postgraduate training in sex and relationship therapy.

As a counsellor I have a broad range of experience working in the charitable and statutory sectors as well as in private practice. I have a particular interest in working with GSRD clients and have previously worked as an outreach and groups worker for an organisation supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

As an academic, I have been involved in counselling training for over a decade and alongside my university role I continue to work as a specialist psychosexual therapist in the NHS. I am accredited as a sex and relationship therapist with COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and am also a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I hold an MA in Relationship Therapy and a PgDip in Psychosexual Therapy and I am currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Huddersfield exploring the relationship support needs of nonbinary people and the role of relationship therapy in providing support.

Teaching and supervision

I am course leader for FdA Counselling which runs at our partner colleges.

In addition, I teach on the BA (Hons) Counselling (Top-Up) and I'm the module leader for CNS308 Enhancing Therapeutic Practice. I also teach on BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and I'm module leader for CNS206 Foundations for Embedded Counselling and Helping skills. 


I am currently engaged in PhD research exploring relationship therapy with nonbinary clients.
  • Relationship counselling
  • Overcoming relationship difficulties
  • Managing sexual difficulties
  • Sexuality and gender in relationship counselling
  • Working affirmatively with GSRD clients

Last updated 28 February 2024