Professor Desa Markovic is a UKCP registered systemic psychotherapist and supervisor, and COSRT accredited senior psychosexual therapist and supervisor. She is a Professor in Systemic Psychotherapy and was Head of Psychotherapy Programmes at Regent’s University London between 2009-2020.
She worked as a clinician in mental health hospitals, and held senior academic posts on post-graduate psychotherapy programmes at several training institutes, including Relate, Kensington Consultation Centre, Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield, and Institute of Family Therapy, London. In 2014, she was awarded fellowship from the Sheffield Society for the Study of Sexuality and Relationships for her contribution to sexology.
She has been promoting the ways and possibilities of integration between systemic psychotherapy and sexology and to this end, she has developed a Multidimensional Open Systemic Sex Therapy model that integrates these two approaches. She has written papers and chapters on this topic, as well as a book Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide Using a Systemic Social Constructionist Framework, published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Desa has given lectures and presentations on her work at numerous national and international conferences, such as the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, European Society for Psychotherapy Research, European Federation of Sexology, European Family Therapy Association, and the World Association of Sexual Health.