Dr Ellen Harley
PhD, MSc, Member of COSRT

About Dr. Ellen Harley Sex and Relationship Therapist & Counsellor

Ellen Harley Career Experience
I started my career at Napsbury Hospital near St Albans in Hertfordshire and have over 30 years’ clinical experience  working within the NHS in mental health services ranging across both community and acute inpatient care. My present role is that of a senior research supervisor/principal investigator and I also undertake a specialist role as a psychosexual and relationship therapist.  I see people privately and have consultation rooms in Hastings, St Leonards, East Sussex and at The Priory Grange Ticehurst House, Ticehurst near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Professional Qualifications
 In 1997 I completed a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Studies with Distinction at Kings College, University of London, majoring in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Sex and Relationship Therapy. In 2007 I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychological Medicine by the University of London. I spent six years researching sex and relationship problems in people with severe mental illness. My research has ground breaking impact on clinical practice and related academic papers have been published in peer reviewed journals.

Teaching Experience
 For four years until 2002 I was the course supervisor/lecturer for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Post Graduation Course at the Guy’s Hospital campus of the University of London, teaching a range of professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. I hold regular teaching sessions at Guys Medical School, University of London.
Currently I am a tutor for the Partnerships in International Medical Education ( This involves lecturing in universities in developing countries in order to share clinical and medical expertise.

Professional Standards and clinical experience
When considering therapy/counselling it is important to choose a professionally qualified and experienced practitioner who has completed a rigorous and thorough training.  I have been an experienced and qualified mental health practitioner working in both NHS and private settings for over 30 years. I hold a specialist role as a psychosexual and relationship therapist, treating couples with complex and entrenched difficulties, often with mental health problems.  Over the years I have helped countless couples to resolve their sex and relationship problems, enabling them to stay together and to improve the quality of their relationship.

Membership of Professional Bodies
 I am a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). This is UK’s largest and only professional organisation for practitioners working in this field. I have to abide by its code of ethics and principles of good practice, and complaints procedures which ensure the highest standards of confidentiality and professional practice. 
Continuing Professional Development
My present role is that of a senior research supervisor/investigator actively participating and overseeing a large scale, multi-centred study in improving the quality of physical and mental health and relationships, working with Kings College, London. The outcome of this research will be clinically implemented nationwide throughout the NHS. I continue to be committed to a regular programme of continued professional development involving courses and conferences,  and supervision to increase my skills and knowledge. I am fully insured.

I am married to a great guy with two sons and live in a lovely village in East Sussex.

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