Dr Alireza Tabatabaie

Consultant Sex and Relationship Therapist


Specialises in

I am a Senior Accredited Specialist in Sex and Relationship Therapy. Initially trained and practiced as a medic, I specialised in sex and relationship psychotherapy and obtained a PhD from Cambridge University. I have extensive experience working as a clinician (since 2002) and sex and relationship therapist (since 2009). I have assessed and treated a wide range of male and female sexual and relationship difficulties in individuals and couples.

My approach to therapy is holistic and person-centered ― it means it is all about you, and the entire you. In my work, I consider your medical history, factor in your specific circumstances and family situation, and then work therapeutically with you to achieve your goals. I offer a free consultation so that you can decide if we are a good fit to work together.

I am a graduate of the 2010 ESSM Oxford Sexual Medicine Programme, where I received comprehensive training in various aspects of sexual medicine. In 2012, I was awarded the title of Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM) by the Multidisciplinary Committee of Sexual Medicine (MJCSM).

I am a Senior Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). COSRT is the UK's leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues, and the title Senior Accredited Member is awarded to 'specialist psychosexual and relationship therapists with the highest levels of expertise and experience'.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Alireza Tabatabaie at Spire include:



Other treatments

Sexual difficulties:

  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Delayed or inhibited ejaculation
  • Erectile problems
  • Low desire for sex – desire mismatch
  • Orgasm difficulties in women
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Sexual anxiety and confidence issues
  • Sexual dissatisfaction
  • Sexual growth and fitness
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Vaginismus and sexual pain

Relationship and marital difficulties

  • Affairs
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Poor communication
  • Trust issues

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Additional information

Clinical psychology
Erectile dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction
Sexual health
Psychosexual medicine

MD / Tehran University of Medical Sciences / 2007
Doctor of Medicine

PGDip / Porterbrook Clinic, Sheffield Hallam University / 2009
Post Graduate Diploma in Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy

MPhil / University of Cambridge / 2011
Master of Philosophy in Educational Research

PhD / University of Cambridge / 2016
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (specialising in sexual learning and education)

Professional memberships

Senior Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine

Professional leadership

Distinguished Visiting Professor (present) – School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Co-founder and Course Director (past) – Cambridge Institute of Clinical Sexology (now renamed as Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology)
Vice-Chair (past) – College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT – the professional body for sexual and relationship therapists in the UK)
Member of the Board of Trustees (past) – College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
Member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board (past) – British Association of Sexual Educators (BASE)