Consultant Profile

Dr Ellen Harley

Dr Ellen Harley PhD (Psychological Medicine) MSc (Mental Health Studies) CORST member
Practicing at:
Spire Sussex Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Counselling Psychology
Current NHS and /or university posts:

Visiting Lecturer (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London)

Year of first medical qualification:
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Background Information 
Professional profile:

I started my career over 30 years ago and have clinical experience in mental health services ranging across both community and acute inpatient care. Over the years I have held senior clinical posts within the NHS. 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 have had a wide range of therapeutic and counselling training including, Couple Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Therapy (MI), and Systemic work.

I started to practise privately over six years ago and I specialise in sex and relationship problems, both for single people and for couples.

I can help people who:

  • Experience relationship difficulties
  •  Feel a sense of sexual dissatisfaction
  • Experience the loss of sexual desire 
  • Suffer from impotence, or do not feel aroused sexually
  • Have a problem with ejaculation, or are unable to achieve orgasm
  • Experience pain during intercourse
  • Suffer from penetration difficulties
  • Experience sexual addiction
  • Experience sexual phobia
  • Have transgender issues
  • Have sexual orientation issues

I also see people with other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, phobias, addiction problems, work related stress, psychosis and bipolar disorders and other mental health problems coexisting with physical illnesses.

 I use an integrated and positive approach to help people towards recovery by:

  • Developing insight and awareness into the nature of  problems, not just looking at symptoms but explore deeper, underlying root causes to prevent future relapses.
  • Developing constructive coping skills and strategies to deal effectively with problems.
  • Enabling people to identify goals and action plans which fit in with individual life  style and value system

I have completed ground breaking research in sex and relationship problems in people with mental health issues. I have had academic articles published in peer reviewed journals, and presented my research in various conferences.  I am on the Editorial Board of the World Journal of Psychiatry (WJP) which is a peer reviewed journal read by health professionals and researchers in mental health.
I’m 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.

Personal profile:

I am a Tutor for the Partnership in International Medical Education (PRIME), an organisation which provide medical training and expertise for developing countries all over the world.

I am a mentor of students with mental health problems at the Open University.

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Dr Ellen Harley

Dr Ellen Harley Allied Health Professionals Consultant, Hastings, East Sussex, private hospital specialist.

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