Dr Sarah Hartley, formerly Dr Sarah Birch, is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychologie Ltd, which was set up to provide good-quality and timely assessments and treatment of adults. Dr Hartley is also the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Bramley Healthcare Ltd, and works across a service for adults with complex needs.
Her area of special interest in psychological treatment is trauma and complex trauma; she has recently added to her skills in this area by training in Mentalisation-Based Therapy and is also trained in EMDR. She is also trained to assess Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Dr Hartley provides assessments for the Courts, and has extensive expert witness experience having been working as an Expert Witness since 2007. With regard to child protection, her particular areas of speciality are personality disorder and parenting, non-accidental injury, failure to thrive and domestic violence. She has also carried out assessments in private family law cases.
She has conducted numerous reports in personal injury cases, medical negligence, accident compensation claims, and other cases where an assessment of post traumatic stress disorder symptoms is required. She has acted as expert in many criminal cases concerning fitness to plead/stand trial and cases where trauma symptoms are pertinent.
She has experience of giving evidence in Court, including at the High Court. Dr Hartley has undertaken expert witness training in the Bond Solon Course: “Giving evidence for Expert Witnesses.”
Dr Hartley, under her maiden name Dr Sarah Birch, has contributed two chapters to a book on the assessment of parenting capacity, which are:
Birch, S. (2015) Factors that demonstrate change or potential change in parenting capacity. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.
Carstairs, Kari & Birch, S. (2015). Assessing a parent’s capacity to change in psychotherapy: The use of the Rorschach and the MMPI-2. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.