Sarah Hamilton, PGDip (Psych), MBACP (Accred)
46 Harley Street
The Rosedale Clinic
48 Redlands Road
I am a fully Accredited Member of BACP with a Masters-level diploma in psychotherapy, and over 20 years' experience of mindfulness practice. I offer both short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy, working with adults and teenagers from age 16 upwards at clinics in central London (Harley Street) and central Reading (near the University).
I know most people come to counselling or psychotherapy because they want something to change in their lives: they want to feel or act differently, understand themselves or others better, or relate to things that can’t be changed in a more spacious and accepting way. Looking at such things can often take huge courage, and many people seek a counsellor with very little hope of real change. But I believe that everyone has the capacity to get ‘un-stuck’, no matter how difficult a place they may be in. I will work with you to identify the change you want to see – and help make it possible.
How I work
I adjust the way I work to suit you as an individual and the goals we agree for our sessions. This means our conversations may take quite a different shape if you want practical support for a specific issue, compared to if you seek a more open space for reflection and growth. But in general, you can expect our time together to cover the following stages:
- Assessing and Exploring: we look together at what you’re facing, how it’s affecting different areas of your life, and what you’d like to be different. We’ll get curious about your life-patterns, coping strategies, and habits of thought – so we can start to make sense of your experience.
- Mindful Observation and ‘Life Testing’: we identify and engage your existing resources, and look at new tools for problem-solving where necessary. As you begin to ‘test out’ new ways of being, we notice carefully how things affect you on a practical, physical and emotional level, and make sure you feel changes are on track.
- Consolidation and Ending: we fine-tune and strengthen your new sense of self, and check that it’s comfortably embedded in your daily life. We review the changes you’ve achieved, look at how you might cope independently with any future difficulties, and ensure you leave feeling stable and positive.
Throughout all this I will do my best to meet you with warmth and honesty, with curiosity and steady attention. Together we will help you find a natural ease and confidence in yourself, and authentic change in your life and your relationships.
How long it takes
My training and experience enables me to work either in a highly-focused time-limited way, or on a longer-term open-ended basis, according to what is most appropriate for each person or situation. The above three ‘stages’ of counselling might be completed in just a handful of sessions for some people. For others, they might extend over months or years. Of the people I see, about a third take fewer than 10 sessions to achieve their desired changes; a third take between 10-30 sessions; and a third take longer. The average is around 18-20 sessions.
Issues I work with
I have helped people resolve a wide variety of problems, from anxiety, stress and anger, to eating disorders, poor self-esteem and bereavement. I am a specialist in working with depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship issues, family issues, separation and divorce, and cross cultural relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
At the heart of my professional training is a rigorous four-year Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. ‘Integrative’ means I am trained to draw flexibly on a whole range of therapeutic approaches, according to what works best for each person. I have also undertaken numerous specialist trainings, particularly in the areas of mindfulness, neuroscience, trauma treatment, and working with teenagers. I have conducted original research into what influences therapeutic change.
My working life began with a 16-year career in international marketing and management. I spent much of this time living and working abroad, in a variety of countries and continents. A fascination with inter-cultural communication and psychology eventually led me to the field of talking therapies in 2007. I have since worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for adults and young people in various settings across the private and charitable sectors, and in the NHS. I now run established private practices in both London and Reading.
I am a fully Accredited Member of the BACP, and abide by the BACP code of ethics.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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London (Harley Street): £90
Reduced rates (for those on low incomes):
I reserve a number of spaces in all locations for those needing lower-cost counselling, starting from £35. Please call to discuss, or mention in your email that you are looking for a reduced rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Harley Street - Tuesdays; Reading - Mondays and Wednesdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|