Sarah Talbot MBACP (Accred)

Sarah Talbot MBACP (Accred)

Riverside Wellbeing
1 Market St
Whaley Bridge
High Peak
SK23 7AA

07772 024653

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Riverside Wellbeing
1 Market St
Whaley Bridge
High Peak
SK23 7AA

07772 024653

About me


Hello and welcome, my name is Sarah.

sarahbacp.jpgI am a fully qualified and experienced therapist offering highly effective therapy - many of my clients experience positive changes within 3-6 sessions. I provide a range of services from short term counselling to longerterm psychotherapy, supervision of those in the caring professions, and training including mindfulness meditation.

If you are reading this, you are probably looking for answers to some aspect of your life. When you are struggling to deal with what life throws at you, therapy can provide support whilst facilitating your exploration of the situation, helping you to find practical ways to manage your own response to yourself and the situations you find yourself in.

Together we can identify whatever might be preventing you achieving your full potential and how this could change through discussing and developing more personally beneficial ways of understanding yourself.

Your courage has taken you this far; however taking the first step can still often be a daunting prospect. This is a process we do together and you will be fully supported.

If you would like to explore further how counselling/psychotherapy can help you, please contact me by phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Can counselling help you

Yes. Counselling  can lead to lasting change as I have witnessed in so many of my clients as they find their way forward and take steps towards a happier, more confident, more fulfilled life.

Your therapy sessions can offer you the opportunity to find out who you really are as, in very many ways, we are all a product of our experience and upbringing.

You will be given the time and space you need to explore any difficulties or issues you may be experiencing in a safe and nurturing environment.

People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes life can feel like a stuck record. The same old problems keep coming back or just won’t go away. At times you may feel a bit lost or held back from achieving your hopes and dreams. The same event can impact on us in profoundly different ways and there are many reasons why we do things the way that we do and uniquely different motives for coming to therapy.  The most important is the one that you bring; each individual person has their own unique reasons for seeking answers. These are the ones that are important for us to explore, as they will unlock the doors to helping you understand and accept yourself and so move towards being the person you would like to be.

Many of my clients have found that therapy enriches their lives, not just in the short-term but by creating changes within us, increasing our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world, helping us find meaning and make decisions about what we want to change in our lives.

Therapeutic journeys allow us to explore how we became the person we are today so that we can be the person we want to be in the future.

About me

I am a friendly, warm person who offers a caring and supportive thepath.jpgenvironment for people to work through their personal challenges and difficulties. I am enthusiastic about counselling and psychotherapy as a result of my experience of helping others and through my own therapeutic journey.

I am passionate about helping people find ways of living that help them reach their potential and live an emotionally healthy and fulfilled life.

I love nature and walking and as part of that I enjoy looking at maps. I picture your life as a map and in our sessions, you choose the route. I will explore it with you, the peaks and the valleys, through sunshine and rain. I don’t direct where you are to walk but to follow your lead and walk alongside you. I never cease be amazed by the many unique ways that, as clients risk trusting themselves and me, they start to discover and empower themselves on their journey of personal growth.

Where I am


I am based at Riverside Wellbeing , a centre for therapists and complementary heath practitioners ( located centrally in Whaley Bridge within walking distance of public transport and on-street car parking, in the beautiful High Peak area of Derbyshire, close to Cheshire and Stockport. My room offers a confidential and supportive space for you where it is safe to explore your thoughts and feelings freely; confidentially and without judgement

How long might I need to come

It is difficult to predict how long counselling will last, some people need only a few sessions, others prefer a more long-term relationship. Neither is better, deeper and more complex issues generally require longer term work but what is important is that you get what you need.

The first session gives both of us the opportunity of considering if we wish to work together. It is important that you feel comfortable and able to work with me, and me with you.

If, during this first session, it becomes clear that my service is unsuitable then I would offer you advice about other services that may be more appropriate for you.

Why work with me

My personal belief is that we are all complex individuals with our own needs, but sometimes these needs can be distorted as life today is often lived at a hectic and unremitting pace, filled with many expectations. We are inundated on all sides by others telling us that this will make us happy, something else will fulfil our dreams. It can be easy to lose sight of what is important to us, what will really make us fulfilled and at peace with ourselves. At times like this it can be useful to take time out and explore how you would like to live your life.

Given the right conditions and support, I believe that we have the potential not only to survive the problems of our lives, but to learn to grow and flourish as human beings. Together we can explore whatever is troubling you so that you gain self-awareness, feel freer in expressing yourself and become the person you would like to be. Although I have over 10 years experience of working with a range of clients with a variety of issues I view you as a person who is trying do the best you can under

your individual circumstances rather than simply a group of problems or symptoms.

I am also an experienced teacher of mindfulness meditation and am happy to share this in our work if you wish.

As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I work to high ethical standards and have professional indemnity. I also support my practice with regular supervision and other self development work to ensure the continuing quality of my self awareness and knowledge.

I have tried to give as much information as possible on this profile, but if you have any further questions please look at my website or contact me by phone or email. If you hear a voicemail message it could be that I am with a client. Please leave me your contact details and I will return your call as soon as possible. When leaving a message or a text, please let me know how I may contact you, as your privacy is important to me. The best way to contact me initially is via email.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a fully qualified counsellor, accredited by BACP (the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I abide by their code of ethics and am committed to regular supervision and continuing professional development. My accreditation shows that I have met the standards required by BACP to demonstrate the capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice (

I provide supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and people working in other caring professions.

I also provide training, both small group work and workshops. As an experienced and qualified mindfulness meditation teacher, I facilitate courses about mindfulness, in the community and to staff working in Public Sector organisations.

My qualifications are;

Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (2012)
Certificate in Mindfulness (2009)
Diploma in Counselling (2003)
Cert.Ed (2001)
M.Sc (1982)
B.Sc (1981)

I have a wide experience of clients and what brings prople to therapy through working in a hospice (with both adults and young people), with pupils in primary and secondary schools, working for employee assistance programmes (EAP’s) and within the NHS as a staff counsellor and in primary care based in a GP surgery.

Since qualifying I have undertaken many short courses and workshops which have increased my knowledge and experience. Some of these focused on;

Domestic abuse
Mindfulness meditation
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Brief therapy
Spirituality in counselling
Expressive therapy


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have over 10 years experience of working with people experiencing work-related stress

I am comfortable working with, and am affirming of sexual diversity

I have a strong interest in working with people who bring spiritual aspects of their lives to therapy, whether positive or negative

I am also an experienced teacher of mindfulness meditation and am happy to share this in our work if you wish.

These two latter aspects of my work are covered in more detail on my website.

Photos & videos

  • River Room at Riverside Wellbeing


I ask you to choose a figure along a scale of £40- £60 per one hour session, depending upon your means and circumstances. We can discuss this when we meet.

Further information

Mindfulness meditation

Here is some information from my website explaining a little about mindfulness;

Many of us would like to slow down and be less affected by the buffetings of daily life, we may try to be calmer and more relaxed but find that it is not easy.
Mindfulness is something that can help, it is very simple and yet very profound. When we practice mindfulness, we pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, and accept whatever is happening there, without judgement. It is a natural state of mind, focused and aware, deeply tuned into ourselves, our environment and those around us. As such, it involves being neither in the future nor in the past. It frees us from the constant struggle to either change the way things are that we don’t like, or to try to hold on to those things that we do like. It can literally bring us to our senses and allow us to live more fully, day by day.

Please get in touch to arrange a first visit where we can talk through what it is you would like from therapy.

Setting up and getting to the first visit can be quite daunting but most of my clients comment on the sense of relief and of feeling lighter at the end of the session.

If you have further questions, please look at my website or contact me by phone or email

I wish you well in your journey and hope I may be a part of it,

Best wishes


Maps & Directions

Whaley Bridge, SK23 7AA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Mondays and Tuesdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer person-centred supervision in Whaley Bridge for counsellors and those in the helping professions.

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