WALES: Therapist Who Charged Patient for Sex Is Struck

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Byline: By ROLAND HUGHES

Maney's sfOry last October

A THERAPIST who started two relationships with former patients was last night struck off by a health watchdog.

Dr Steven Manley was suspended for three years last October after charging a sex abuse victim for "sex therapy" sessions.

And he was yesterday struck off for good after moving in with another vulnerable patient and admitting it on his own website.

The British Psychological Society (BPS), the UK's main psychologists' register, last night said they could not have acted without evidence brought forward by the Daily Post.

One expert warned the relationship with the vulnerable ex-client could have an extremely serious effect on her well-being in future.

Manley, who practised with the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, was found guilty of professional misconduct after a relationship with a woman known only as Mrs W.

A BPS hearing in October last year heard their relationship first became "inappropriate" within six months.

It was also claimed Manley charged Mrs W pounds 35 an hour for private "sex therapy" sessions in car parks across North Wales.

He was suspended from the BPS register for three years, but was still allowed to practise independently.

Within days of the London hearing however, it emerged Manley had started a relationship with another former client.

A Daily Post investigation showed Manley and the woman, known as K, shared the same address in Wrexham.

K's website also claimed she was living with her partner, but she told the Daily Post Manley was using the house only as a postal address.

The BPS forbids therapists from starting relationships with clients until two years after the end of their professional relationship.

K left Manley's care in April 2004, would again have been in breach of the BPS' code of conduct.

When Manley was confronted by the BPS over the allegations, he denied any claims of a relationship. …