Meet the Team

Dr Karen Gurney

Clinical Psychologist and Psychosexologist

Director - The Havelock Clinic

Karen has over 13 years experience of successfully helping individuals and couples overcome sexual problems. She teaches in London and across the UK to psychologists, GPs and other health professionals and supervises other clinicians in their work. She has co-written a series of self-help booklets and the UKs only interactive sex therapy website for the NHS designed to help people who can’t or prefer not to access sex therapy to resolve their sexual problems – these were unique as the only self-help materials for sexual problems which do not assume the gender of your partner. She is a member of the BASHH Special Interest Group in Sexual Dysfunction and the European Society of Sexual Medicine.

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Karen is the service lead for a sexual problems service in a Central London NHS Trust – a team of doctors, psychologists, nurses and sex therapists who work together to achieve high success rates in the fewest number of sessions possible. In this work Karen often comes across people who have come to NHS services after many visits to other health professionals who were unable to help, perhaps through lack of experience or knowledge, or perhaps as they were working in isolation (a doctor without a psychologist, or vice versa). Karen feels strongly that the quality of the private market should be as strong as NHS services, but with the option to be seen sooner, and at a time or by a method that is more convenient for them.

Karen enjoys working with coupes of all sexualities and all relationship set ups to help them get where they want to be. She particularly enjoys working with couples with mismatches in desire, clients struggling with getting and keeping erections, individuals concerned about their sexual choices or preferences, and LGBT clients wanting to work towards the ideal sex life for them.

Dr Michael Yates

Clinical Psychologist

Michael has experience of working with both individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of sexual problems; helping clients to help overcome difficulties, reduce distress and to find ways of moving towards the preferred directions for their sex lives. He has experience of developing and running a new evidence-based group intervention of erection difficulties, which is currently being used within an NHS context and has been shown to deliver positive outcomes for individuals experiencing erection dysfunction. He has a keen interest in developing and researching effective treatments for sexual difficulties, and in particular the use of group therapies which allow individuals to share experiences and learn from the skills and resources of others.

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Michael also works for a Sexual Health service for the NHS in East London, and is part of a team setting up a new Sexual Problems service within this NHS Trust. He has an interest in working with those from diverse cultural backgrounds and of all sexualities, and with those wishing to explore ways of understanding and expressing their own identities in sex and relationships. He particularly enjoys working with individuals worried about the type or amount of sex they are having, and those facing difficulties around sexual desire and enjoyment.

Dr Ali Mears

Consultant Physician in Sexual Medicine

Sex and Relationship Therapist

Ali has over 10 years experience working in the field of sexual dysfunction both with individuals and couples. She also works as a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at a large Central London NHS Trust where she is one of two doctors who run a dedicated service for people with sexual difficulties such as erectile dysfunction, concerns about pain during sex, low libido and premature ejaculation.

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Ali is able to expertly identify and manage the many medical problems that can cause sexual difficulties but is also acutely aware that there are many causes of sexual problems and that the interface between ‘medical’ and ‘psychological’ factors can be complex. This led Ali to undertake Sex Therapy training and she is now a fully qualified sex therapist in addition to being a medical doctor. She is a member of the BASHH Special Interest Group in Sexual Dysfunction. Ali holds a distinction in the Diploma of Genitourinary medicine and a Diploma in psychosexual medicine.

Ali is also interested in the interface between The Arts and Medicine and has regularly worked with internationally renowned performance artists on a number of collaborative projects and performances over the past 7 years. The most recent project is a Wellcome Trust funded YouTube channel, where Ali has recorded 6 programmes on different aspects of 'Sex and Ageing' entitled ‘Ask Dr Ali’. Click here to see this.

Dr Jane Ashby

Consultant Physician in Sexual Medicine

Jane works as a Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV for a CQC-rated outstanding central London NHS provider. She is the Lead Consultant for the sexual problems service within her NHS trust, where she works alongside Karen Gurney, Clinical Director of the Havelock Clinic. She is highly experienced at assessing and treating a variety of sexual problems and tailors care according to the needs of individuals. She can confidently ascertain physical and medical factors contributing to sexual difficulties, as well as identify or rule out serious underlying medical conditions which may be influencing individuals sexual experience.

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Jane is passionate about helping patients to enjoy sexual good health and satisfaction. She is calm, expert and reassuring and provides a convenient, discrete and non-judgemental service.

She has achieved numerous prizes and awards throughout her career including a distinction in the diploma in Genitourinary Medicine, a scholarship to attend the European Summer School of Sexual Medicine and the British HIV Association (BHIVA) Research Award. She is one of only a handful of doctors in the UK who is Specialist in Genito-Urinary Medicine as well as being a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine and thus is uniquely qualified to expertly treat sexual problems. Jane is a member of the BASHH Special Interest Group in Sexual Dysfunction.