Sarah Tomley BA, BSc, MBACP

Sarah Tomley   BA, BSc, MBACP

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About me

I am a skilled and caring therapist with a special interest in anxiety, depression and relationship issues.

My role is to help others explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors to facilitate change, lessen painful symptoms (such as panic attacks) and support healing. My work is strongly founded in establishing a safe and secure therapeutic relationship, so that my clients feel able to explore any issues that are affecting them and their daily functioning. I see every client as a unique person, to be treated with respect, an open mind, and non-judgemental acceptance.

I work collaboratively and integratively, which allows me to tailor my approach to your needs. Some of the approaches I use include mindfulness-based CBT, gestalt, psychodynamic theory and relational attachment. It is not necessary for clients to understand any of these theories – I offer them here only so that you can gain further insight into my work, should you wish to do so.

I believe it is important that a client and counsellor feel confident that they can work together, so I offer a free initial consultation to allow a meeting without obligation or expense.

If you would like to know more, please visit my website – – or contact me by phone (01473 381412) or email ( Or use the contact form provided on this page.

Please be assured that all points of contact are confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a DIploma, Advanced Diploma and BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I began training as a counsellor and psychotherapist in 2011 and continually update my knowledge through undertaking courses in the UK and USA.

I have counselled clients in Ipswich and Cambridge for several organisations, including MIND, The Cogwheel Trust, The Miscarriage Association and Cruse Bereavement Care, as well as running a private practice.

My interest in the mind and its dysfunctions began when I studied philosophy at the University of Warwick during my twenties, and since then I have contributed to many psychology, sociology and philosophy books including DK's The Sociology Book and The Psychology Book (winner of the British Psychological Society's Book of the Year Award, 2012).

My latest book, What Would Freud Do? will be published in Spring 2017, by Cassell.

Ongoing study: Interpersonal Neurobiology with The Mindsight Institute, California, USA

2017: BSc and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy

2013: Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy

2014: Ascentis and Cruse accreditation in Bereavement Care, 2014

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I offer a free initial consultation to allow us to meet and discuss the issues you would like to address. Ongoing therapy is charged at £40 per session. A small number of concessions are available.

Further information

My counselling rooms are situated in a quiet part of Ipswich and offer a safe, confidential place in which to explore any issues that may be troubling you. There is parking nearby and the area is easily reached by public transport.

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Ipswich, IP1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday–Friday, 10am–6.30pm.

Types of client

Older adults
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