Dr Karen Gurney
Clinical Psychologist and Psychosexologist
Director - The Havelock Clinic
Karen has been successfully helping individuals and couples overcome sexual problems since 2003. She teaches in London and across the UK to psychologists, GPs and other health professionals and supervises other clinicians in their work. She has been creating content to translate sex therapy principles into online format for the last 10 years. She is the psychologist representative in the BASHH Special Interest Group in Sexual Dysfunction and is a European Society of Sexual Medicine accredited Psychosexologist.
Karen is the psychosexual lead for 56 Dean Street, an award winning Central London NHS sexual health clinic. Karen has written for and been featured in publications such as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Refinery29 as well as regularly appearing on TV, radio and in podcasts. She is a UK ambassador for Erika Lust's www.thepornconversation.org - a not for profit initiative set up by Erika Lust designed to help parents and caregivers talk to young people about porn use. Karen feels strongly that the quality of the private market should be as strong as NHS services, accessible to everyone in a variety of formats, 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. Her first book, MIND THE GAP: the truth about desire and how to futureproof your sex life was published by Headline Home in 2020
Dr Michael Yates
Michael has been working with individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of sexual problems since 2015; helping them to help overcome difficulties, reduce distress and to find ways of moving towards the preferred directions for their sex lives. Alongside leading his NHS trust on psychosexual services he has experience of developing and running evidence-based group interventions for erection difficulties, which are currently being used within an NHS context and have been shown to deliver positive outcomes for individuals experiencing erectile dysfunction.
Michael teaches and speaks nationally on sexual problems. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Sarah has over 15 years of experience working as a chartered physiotherapist and alongside the Havelock Clinic works at a central London NHS Trust managing one of the largest women's and men's health physiotherapy teams in the UK. Pelvic floor problems include urinary or faecal incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse and difficulties with sex including pain and erectile dysfunction. Sarah also treats women postnatally, particularly those who have experienced a difficult birth. Her aim is to help women return to normal function which may include helping women to return to sex with confidence.
Sarah completed a Masters level postgraduate certificate in physiotherapy in women's health at the University of Bradford. She is the physiotherapist representative on the BASHH Special Interest Group in Sexual Dysfunction. She is also a member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy specialist interest group. Sarah teaches and speaks nationally to health professionals and GPs. Sarah is passionate about educating women and men about their pelvic floor and empowering them to be able to achieve their goals with increased confidence.