Dr Lori Beth Bisbey
About the Therapist
I am a queer polyamorous leatherwoman and my pronouns are she/her. As above, I have been working with people for 35 years with specialities in sex and relationships (GSRD) and the treatment of trauma. I have lived in the UK more than half my life, was brought up and did my training in the US to PhD level (finished the research in the UK) and then post-qualification diploma and other training in the UK. I lived in Kent for most of that time but am now located in Scotland, near Edinburgh. Besides therapy and coaching, I am a published author, write regularly for media, established podcast host, and the resident specialist therapist for Open House: the Great Sex Experiment (on Channel 4). I also do other TV and media work. I am married with a grown child and have two other long-term partners. My leisure time is spent with my chosen family, friends, partners and my son, and my dogs. I like to make music, listen to music, the theatre, reading, being out in nature, creative writing and cooking.
- Bi- | Pansexual
- Kink - BDSM
|Award||Awarding body||Year of award|
|MA Clinical Psychology||California School of Professional Psychology||1987|
|PhD Clinical Psychology||California School of Professional Psychology||1995|
|Accredited Advanced GSRD Therapist||Pink Therapy||2021|
My training was a BSc, and MA and a taught PhD that included coursework, pre and post-doctoral internship hours and a research dissertation. I completed advanced training in trauma related treatments - Traumatic Incident Reduction and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and have done research on both methods. I completed the Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science (Society of Apothecaries) in 1997/98. I have done CPD coursework in a variety of areas over the past 35 years. I am pragmatic which means I use the techniques and methods I think will work best for my client and also the issues that are being presented. When I work with trauma, I use an unfixed session time meaning that we work until we reach a good stopping place (which has a specific observable definition). I provide supervision relating to GSRD and trauma to counsellors, coaches, therapists and psychologists. I teach about GSRD topics for lay people and for therapists (as well as about specific methods of trauma treatment and resolution).
- Attachment theory (Psychodynamic)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Therapy
- Couple therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy
- Group therapy
- GSRD therapy
- Psychodynamic (Jungian)
- Relationship therapy
- Sacred intimate
- BDSM | Kink
- Bi- | Pansexual
- Non-binary | Genderqueer
- Survivors of attempted conversion therapy
- One to one
- Two people
- Three or more people
- No adaptation
- Seniors (60+)
- Young adults (16-24)
My hourly rate is very expensive if you are paying one session at a time as I prefer to encourage a commitment to a minimum block of time. When a person purchases a block of time, the rate is lower. My regular hourly rates (depending upon how many hours are purchased) run from a low of £175 to £269. I make a number of decreased rates available for people whose income means they cannot afford my regular rates. These start at £150 per hour. Groups are the most economical option for working with me and start at £247 for three hours per month. Each year I do some pro bono work for people who do not have the means to pay. I work with these clients for as long as it takes for free. These spaces usually go very quickly. Initial consults are £75 for 30 minutes. If a client purchases a service, the fee is refunded.
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