A little about me
I am a highly qualified and experienced therapist with over twenty years in clinical practice. I have extensive experience in delivering a range of effective therapeutic interventions that address mild and moderate mental and emotional health issues. I offer a compassionate, empathetic and client centred approach to therapy, but one that is grounded in a multidisciplinary understanding of psychology. I am passionately committed to offering clients the tools, support and insights that they need to most effectively help themselves.

One size does not fit all and so I have undertaken unique postgraduate research on the most effective treatments for a wide range of emotional conditions. Research that I followed up with further training to enable me to offer a number of therapeutic interventions tuned to specific individual needs. This gives me the ability to respond in an agile and effective manner to the emotional needs of my clients.

I began my career with a dual focus on caring and education; this dual focus remains at the heart of my practice. My first degree, psychology with sociology, inspired me to become a therapist and I initially trained in psychotherapy, registering with the NRHP. I then undertook further training as a counsellor and registered with the UKCP. Pursuing an interest in comparing the effectiveness of a range of therapeutic interventions, including CBT and hypnotherapy, I undertook an MSc that helped me to combine several therapeutic approaches and begin to develop the seamless integrated approach that is now my speciality.

My developing practice led to a renewed interest in the causes of stress and, after a further period of training, I registered with the ISMA and began offering a stress management service to industry. Returning to education, I undertook a further advanced post graduate diploma in psychotherapy allowing me to reflect on a decade of practice within a structured environment. I also began supervising other therapists.

More recently, I started a family and relocated to Kent. While sharing childcare with my husband, I maintain my London and industrial practice, whilst building my clinical practice in Kent. During this transition, I discovered that some of my clients found telephone or VOIP consultations preferable to face to face meetings. As a result I now offer telephone and internet services for those who are unable to, or who would rather not, visit a clinic.
A brief interview...
How did you become interested in Psychotherapy?
I was always interested in the mind; what it was, how it worked and how life influenced it. I studied psychology as an undergraduate and researched it as a postgraduate. From there, it was a seamless side step into Psychotherapy. I was keen to understand how we could shape our minds and lives. What we could do to make things different or better.

What is the best part of your work?
The best part of my work is helping to make a positive difference to peoples' lives. This can take many forms, including realisation, understanding, change, awareness and acceptance.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is - “Sometimes, it’s not what has happened that matters, it’s what you do next.” This simple realisation has made a huge difference to me.

What do you love most about yourself?
What I love most about myself is how passionate I am about life; I never forget how precious life is but how lightly we must hold it.
Core competencies
A caring, empathic and reflective practitioner
A clear and effective communicator
Maintaining a respected private practice in line with professional and ethical guidelines
Building productive and supportive therapeutic and professional relationships
Effectively identifying and assessing a client’s needs and referring onwards as necessary
Recognising the strengths and limits of a range of interventions
Committed to effective professional development
Experienced in action research and evidence based practice, development and evaluation
Keeping clear, accurate and confidential records

Employment
2007 onward
Delivering a range of health care onsite at BAE systems.

2003 - 2006
Hypnotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. The Crescent Clinic, Brighton.

1999 onward
Private practice: Hypnotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

1999 onward
Hypnotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. The Aston Clinic, New Malden, Surrey.

1998 - 2003
Weight Loss Counsellor. Jan De Vries Healthcare Marylebone London.

Interests
Sarah is the mother of two young children who runs and organises a weekly playgroup. She is a Grade Seven pianist who composes for pleasure. Sarah is also working towards her Black Belt in Kick Boxing

Qualifications and Memberships of professional bodies

MSc (by research) Peoples’ Perceptions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy when Undergoing Treatment from an Emotional Condition – Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons) Psychology with Sociology and Education. University of East London

Advanced Diploma, Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Certificate in counselling skills National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Certificate, Stress and its Management. National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Certificate, Stress Management in the Workplace. Stonebridge College

Certificate, Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapy

Certificate, Hypnotherapy. National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
Registration, UK Council for Psychotherapy

Registration, International Stress Management Association

Registration, National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists
How I can help

What our client's say about us

  • From the moment you walk into the room you feel the warmth of Sarah’s personality. She is very good at assessing how to help you and does it with gentle steps. She has been an enormous help and encouragement to me as we have worked together on my phobia and OCD. I recommend her very highly indeed.
  • Over the years, in our sessions there were many tears, laughter and so many aha moments, where I had gradually began to see the light again, my wounded heart could open a little more and my mind could turn that corner, to see things a little differently.
  • Sarah helped me to stop smoking with hypnotherapy. I still see her from time to time for anxiety. 
    I am still a none smoker!
  • I came to Sarah for CBT. I’d been signed off from work and had some serious stress issues. Sarah listened and helped me to make sense of the confusion I was feeling. She also taught me ways to help myself. I feel strong and in control now.
  • I was unimaginably fortunate to have met Sarah after I had lost my mother to cancer. I was in excrutiating emotional pain. Swaying daily between anxiety, depression guilt, deep despair and insomnia. I really couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, my world as I had known it had collapsed. On reflection I remember that I had almost crawled into Sarah’s room seeking some relief from my pain

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I will make every endeavour to respond to your e-mails and/or phone messages as quickly as possible. In the interests of Health and Safety, I will not be able to answer general health related questions without having first completed a full consultation form.

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