Sarah Ayre - Advanced Dip Psychotherapuetic Counselling - UKCP member

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Sarah Ayre Psychotherapuetic Counsellor
65 Duke Street

07872 335488

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Sarah Ayre Psychotherapuetic Counsellor
65 Duke Street

07872 335488

About me

About me

Hi, my name is Sarah Ayre and I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

How I can help you

As a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor I am able to offer a wide range of therapeutic expertise enabling me to work with clients of varying backgrounds and issues, providing them with a safe, confidential and supportive environment to work through those issues.

I firmly believe (and have personal experience of) that psychotherapy and counselling can support us when challenging life situations, or when psychological or relationship issues impair our daily living or erode our happiness.

It is my belief that therapy and counselling also promotes growth for individuals who desire further personal development.

In addition to private practice, I have also worked as a counsellor attached to GP surgeries via a primecare provider, and other establishments in the Teesside, Durham and North Yorkshire areas offering support to clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship problems and self-harming etc.

I am a registered member of the UKCP; in addition I am also a member of SCPTI and work to their Code of Ethics and Practice which also follow the Code of ethics and Practice of the UKCP. This ensures the protection and maintenance of client confidentiality.

My aims

My aim is to provide support in assisting you through exploring difficulties and internal conflicts and move towards solutions and living in a more resourceful and satisfying way, managing situations and enabling greater self-awareness. It is useful to understand our own motivations and actions and I believe in two fundamental necessities:-

  • The relationship between therapist and client should be understanding and trustworthy. If you are not comfortable with a particular therapist or modality, you should find another one which does work for you.

  • A willingness to change, consider how prepared you are to explore your rules and beliefs, in order to increase self-awareness.

It is important to remember that counselling and psychotherapy do not guarantee a change. They offer an opportunity where change is possible.

My therapy room provides an ideal setting where I am able to provide you with a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Conveniently located close to Darlington town centre, with good connecting links to public transport services (as well as ample parking located nearby). Toilet facilities and refreshments are also available.

How I work

My approach to counselling and therapy is based on the therapeutic alliance; this is the relationship between the counsellor and client, and is based on how at ease a client feels with the therapist. The therapeutic alliance or working alliance as it can be also termed, is in place when you feel comfortable enough to be open and share with your counsellor. Depending on whether you are in therapy for a few weeks or over a period of months this alliance should remain in place for the work to be successful.

In building this alliance with a client, I believe the benefits are that my clients know I am listening to, and engaging with them in whatever issue they have brought so that they may feel ‘heard’ in a non-judgemental environment. Working together we can make a plan of action on the best way to approach any problem.

My intent is to provide a non-judgemental, safe, trusting environment in which you the client will feel ‘held’ with the knowledge that what you say in my room, stays in the room.

My background

I am a mum with two teenaged children and all the challenges that this brings.

As I’m sure you will agree, life has many twists and turns and some of them are unpleasant, and I am certainly able to claim my share of unpleasant times in life, and this is what drew me to become a counsellor.

As I believe in the old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’, and if I had more support in my life at those times I would not have struggled to cope as much I had. However, sometimes we feel unable to share with those close to us, as we worry we are burdening them when they already have their own troubles.

It is without doubt that my own personal therapy and subsequent training has offered me growth and psychological robustness which has helped me identify where I felt things were missing in my life allowing me to move forward to greater fulfilment.

However, whilst some of my life experiences have been traumatic, they have also provided me with the gift of wisdom and knowledge; together with the ‘tools’ I have learned through my extensive training, this serves me well to provide the support and understanding my clients deserve.

From an early age I suffered being bullied at school, being dyslexic with no support; I also witnessed very close relatives facing bankruptcy and nearly losing their home, and supporting my mother as she was facing her breast cancer while being pregnant with my first child. I was also a confidant to my friend while she faced her breast cancer soon after she had recently lost her own mother to cancer.

I further suffered with generalised anxiety disorder following a traumatic separation and subsequent custody battle and reoccurring bouts of depression prior to my therapy.

I believe these and other episodes of my life demonstrate and provide my resilience and determination in life as well my ability to provide emotional support, even to those who are closest to me.

While most people would list dyslexia as a negative, I actually believe that my dyslexia is a positive, I learned to adapt at school as I found academia hard; however, I have since learned that I merely learn in a different way. Whilst in college I gained two ‘A’ levels in Psychology and Sociology and with this, my intention was of going to university. However, life had other plans, but I never gave up on my intention to become a psychotherapist.

Whilst I have held several jobs in the retail and hospitality sectors, it was following my suffering of post-natal depression after the births of both my children that my desire to deal with these issues and eliminate the associated medication enabling me to move my life forward that I made the choice to make my life different and sought counselling.

Being a mum was my first priority and my career was put on hold; but my drive to achieve my own goals, even under extreme pressure eventually took me back to college and I completed an access course to university.

During my own personal therapy, my therapist recognised the ‘spirit’ that was within me and recommended me as a candidate to the renowned Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI). (see details below)

I successfully completed my Advanced Diploma training as Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, and this Advanced Diploma is further enhanced by my commitment to Continued Professional Development CPD, where I have, and continue to do so, regularly attend workshops and conferences relating to specialised areas of interest.

More recently, I applied for a position and was accepted by the world renowned Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) in Canada; however, due to changes in immigration laws, I was unable to accept the position. This was a potentially life changing opportunity, again my strength and determination has shone through and thus my practice in Darlington was born.

I am, and remain committed to my own personal development; I have been in, and maintain therapy with my current Psychotherapist for several years to which surpasses my governing bodies requirements. I believe that in remaining with personal growth, I have become more psychologically robust and contactful, whilst understanding how my own personal problems have affected and shaped whom I am today.

As a counsellor, it is one of my beliefs that self-knowledge and awareness is essential in enabling me to provide my clients with the best possible therapeutic support. The more I know about myself, the more effective I can be in supporting you, the client.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

This extensive training covers many different modalities of therapy and would be termed under a general heading of integrative, put simply this term is like a heading or title, and contains the following key elements:-

  • Attachment theory;
  • Developmental theory;
  • Gestalt theory;
  • Transactional analysis;
  • Congruence and empathy;
  • Dependency;
  • Bereavement and loss;
  • Projective identification;
  • Object relations;
  • Transference and countertransference;
  • Dreams and there meaning;
  • Personality styles and disorders;
  • Relationship theory.

In order to complete this training, I have completed over 450 hours of supervised ‘client’ time, and finished two dissertations.
If you would like to know more about the above terms, I provide an explanation of these on my website.

I am committed to my own professional development and training and to date have completed the following:-

  • CORE Training;
  • TA 101;
  • Child Protection;
  • Drama Therapy Workshop;
  • Sexuality;
  • Working relationally in a time limited setting;
  • The role of shame in the borderline process;
  • Trans-generational Trauma;
  • Transference and countertransference;
  • Working with relational trauma.
  • Mental Health


  • Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI);
  • UKCP

Previous places of practice

In addition to private practice, previous places of work include:-

  • Therapy and Counselling Teesside (TACT);
  • Holyrood House (Thirsk);
  • Primecare provider (Stockton on Tees); (name withheld for confidentiality)

CRB / DBS Checks

The former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB checks) have now been replaced by the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
I hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate and is available for viewing on request.

The certificate is dated 11th March 2015 with certificate number 001479070704

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Introduction Video
  • therapy room
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If you are interested in engaging in counselling or therapy then please feel free to contact me.

The first session is an assessment session, this is a chance for us to discuss what you might want from therapy and your reasons for wanting therapy, and this will takes approx. 60 minutes and is £ 35.

A standard therapy session is up to 60 minute duration and cost £35

Concessions are available.

Further information

I am a registered member of the UKCP; in addition I am also a member of SCPTI and work to their Code of Ethics and Practice which also follow the Code of ethics and Practice of the UKCP. This ensures the protection and maintenance of client confidentiality.

I also maintain Professional Indemnity Insurance (policy details on request).

For further information see my website, e-mail me, or contact me by telephone.

If you telephone, please remember I may with a client and unable to answer; if you leave a message, I will always return your call.

In our busy lives time can often seem short, and I recognise that many of my clients, and potential clients may work and therefore I offer availability during the following:-

10:00- 20:00 Monday to Friday

Appointments can be arranged by sending me an email through the Counselling Directory, direct to my own email address or calling me on the number listed above.
To find out more please feel free to visit my website

Maps & Directions

Darlington, DL3 7SD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


my office hours are10:00- 20:00 Monday to Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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