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Media Overview

Tavistock Relationships was founded in 1948 and today is a leading national organisation whose objective is to improve the quality of adult couple relationships, prevent family breakdown and enhance the lives of children.
 
It is staffed by highly experienced and qualified psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counsellors.  These professionals working within Tavistock Relationships are superbly well qualified to offer insight and comment on a wide range of practical and emotional difficulties that affect couples and families today.
 
Tavistock Relationships experts can speak authoritatively to media representatives on any topic which has an impact on a couple relationship including infertility and sexual problems. Tavistock Relationships offers consultation and psychotherapy, psychosexual therapy, divorce and separation counselling and relationship counselling.

Tavistock Relationships is also able to offer comment on the wide range of social policy issues upon which couple relationships have a bearing. These include children’s emotional health, public health, mental health, physical health, poverty and social justice. You can find out more about Tavistock Relationships' policy work here; or send an email to Tavistock Relationships’s Policy Manager, Richard Meier (rmeier@tavistockrelationships.org.uk).

In the first instance press enquires should be addressed to John Fenna, Head of Marketing & Communications on: 020 7380 1974 or Email our Marketing & Comms team

Alternatively send an email to: marketing@tavistockrelationships.org.uk

 

Our areas of expertise

Tavistock Relationships is staffed by highly experienced and qualified psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counsellors. These professionals working within Tavistock Relationships are superbly well qualified to offer insight and comment on a wide range of practical and emotional difficulties that affect couples and families today.

Tavistock Relationships experts can speak authoritatively to media representatives on any topic which has an impact on a couple relationship including:

  • Resolving relationship issues
  • The impact of unemployment and redundancy on relationships
  • Infidelity and affairs
  • Relationships in old age
  • The stresses of Christmas
  • The impact of pornography
  • Mothers going back to work
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Sex in relationships
  • Relationships and mental health
  • Infertility and sexual problems.

Our experts

Tavistock Relationships has a wide panel of experts available to the media.  To interview any of our experts, please contact Tavistock Relationships' marketing and communications department on 0207 380 1952.



andrewAndrew Balfour

Chief Executive at Tavistock Relationships.

In additional to responding to media enquiries about the place of couple therapy as a psychological intervention, Andrew is available to speak about issues relating to older couples and ageing. He is trained as a clinical psychologist, and adult psychotherapist and a couple psychotherapist.  He has longstanding experience of working with couples of all ages and a particular interest in issues of later life and in developing ways of helping older couples where one partner has a dementia.  He is the author of a number of papers, most recently an outcome study of couple psychotherapy and he is also one of the editors of the Karnac publication: How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research and Policy Perspectives.


 

Damian McCanndamian

Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Head of Learning & Development & Clinical Lecturer with Tavistock Relationships and Consultant Family & Systemic Psychotherapist in the NHS.

Damian is an Advanced Clinical Associate with Pink Therapy Services, where he delivers training for practitioners wishing to develop their skills in working with gender and sexual diversities. His doctoral research was concerned with understanding the meaning of violence and abuse within the couple relationships of gay men. He has extensive experience in working with same-sex couples and has also published on this topic as well as lesbian and gay parenthood and supervision. He has also presented on these areas of practice at national and international conferences.


Marian O'Connor

Programme Head MSc in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy

Marian OconnorMarian O’Connor is Head of the Psychosexual Training at Tavistock Relationships. She has 25 year’s experience working with couples and individuals with a wide variety of relationship and sexual concerns. She has lectured in UK and abroad on psychosexual issues, spoken on BBC radio shows and has contributed articles to publications, including a chapter for the recent, European-wide Syllabus of Clinical Sexology published by the European Society of Sexual Medicine.

Marian is available to respond to media enquiries on couple relationships generally, and particularly on sexuality and psychosexual therapy. She has experience and knowledge of a wide variety of sexual issues, including lack of interest of in sex in long term relationships, affairs, infertility, non-monogamous relationships, sex after illness or post-menopause, and sexual dysfunctions in young men and women.


Janice Hillier

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual Studies at Tavistock Relationships.

Janice Hiller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who worked in the NHS as head of a relationship and sexual problems service before taking up the post of Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual Studies at Tavistock Relationships. As a clinician she has worked with anxiety and depressive states, and all areas of individual and couple disorders.

Janice has published articles on various topics, including arousal and desire difficulties, coital pain, psychosexual development and ethical issues,and co-edited a book "Sex, Mind and Emotion" in 2006. Janice has for some years provided input to newspapers and magazines on relationship and sexual concerns, and has a particular interest in neurobiological aspects of sexual responding. Recently she collaborated with Marian O'Connor on a chapter for the ESSM syllabus in clinical sexology.