Dr Ellie Birtley

Dr Ellie Birtley

Church View
Knockhundred Row
West Sussex
GU29 9DQ

07931 074614

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About me

I am a Medical Doctor and Psychosexual therapist enabling work in three domains; relationship therapy and the psychological and physical aspects of sexual problems.

Relationship therapy

Wherever you and your partner find yourselves be it battered by the tornado of conflict, on the cold shores of stonewalling, or simply lacking the romance and lust of the early days, relationship therapy can help you attain more loving, supportive and deeply satisfying relationships. You can access therapy as an individual or as a couple.

Sex Therapy

Treating sexual problems is important because your sexual health can have a huge impact on your general well-being and your personal relationships.

Below is a list of some of the sexual difficulties that can be helped by me.

Sexual difficulties experienced by men:

  • Erectile concerns
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Premature ejaculation (coming very quickly)
  • Orgasm problems
  • Painful intercourse
  • Delayed ejaculation (coming after a long time/not at all)
  • Concerns regarding sexuality and/or gender
  • Sex Addiction (level 1)
  • Relationship issues

Sexual difficulties experienced by women:

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginismus
  • Orgasm problems
  • Concerns regarding sexuality and/or gender
  • Sex Addiction (level 1)
  • Relationship issues

Training, qualifications & experience


I qualified as a Specialty Doctor in Sexual Health in 1995 and in recognition of my longstanding contribution to this Specialty I have been awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FFSRH).

The sexual wellbeing of my patients has been at the core of my work ever since I started, which made it a necessity for me to be able to address not only the physical side but also the emotional aspects of sexual well-being; I began training with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine in 1999, completed my Membership in 2002 (MIPM), and expanded my training in 2013. I currently hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (PGDipPST), and I am accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).

Clinical Experience in Body-Mind Medicine

I see patients with sexual health problems, be it physical or psychosexual, within my NHS work, and I have an independent relationship and psychosexual therapy practice.

This means that when I am consulted by an individual or a couple presenting with a sexual difficulty, which often presents as physical in nature, I have the knowledge and the experience to be able to understand fully what the causes are and help untangle the knot of physical, emotional, and socio-cultural factors at play.

I am qualified to treat both the physical and psychological aspects
of sexual difficulties.

Relationship Therapy

I am also qualified to help with relationship difficulties; therapy can help couples attain more loving, supportive and deeply satisfying relationships.


I am a fully licensed medical practitioner revalidated by the General Medical Council.
I subscribe to the COSRT code of ethics and conduct procedures. My annual appraisal ensures that I am externally held to account to maintain my accreditations, reflect on my practice, and keep up to date.

My experience also ensures a safe, professional service, where I work only within the limits of my expertise, and may suggest working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals depending on client's needs.

My work is regularly supervised.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Physical treatments of sexual dysfunctions


Individuals £65 per session

Couples £80 per session

Telephone or webcam sessions are available

Further information

Getting started:

Contact me via phone or email to arrange a free 30 minute telephone consultation or to set up an initial session; we will talk about what you want to get out of therapy and you can decide if I am the right therapist for you. If you're happy to continue we will set up a second session at your convenience.

Longer couple's sessions can be arranged to assist those travelling to attend.

Sessions can be arranged via secure video conferencing or via the telephone.

Appointments are available daytimes, evenings and Saturdays to suit.

Maps & Directions

Midhurst, GU29 9DQ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


Appointments are available daytimes, evenings and Saturdays to suit

Types of client

Young people
Older adults