Sarah Tomley BA, BSc, MBACP

Sarah Tomley   BA, BSc, MBACP

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2 Civic Drive

01473 381412

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2 Civic Drive

01473 381412

About me

I am an integrative therapist who has offered counselling to clients in Cambridge and Suffolk since 2012, across a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief and trauma.

Being an 'integrative counsellor' means that I have studied a broad range of psychotherapeutic approaches, which allows me to respond flexibly to my clients, and find a way of working that feels right and makes sense to them. It is very important, as a client, that you feel safe enough to explore your thoughts and feelings without being judged, and to have a sense of being truly heard and understood.

Each of us comes with a unique set of experiences, which have helped to form our understandings of ourselves, other people and the events that happen to us. To gain an understanding of a person's unique world, I listen very carefully, attentively, and always with an open mind, so that my clients may begin to feel free and safe enough to explore their feelings, thoughts, actions and the difficulties they face.

It is through reaching this shared understanding of your world that we can make sense together of what is happening to you, and begin to untangle some of the confusions or overwhelming emotions with which you have been struggling. As clarity emerges, things may look and feel significantly different.

Training, qualifications & experience

In my twenties I studied philosophy at the University of Warwick, but my search for real answers to life's most difficult problems has been lifelong, and finally led me to study psychotherapy and counselling with Matrix College of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. I have an Advanced DIploma and a BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, am accredited by Cruse and Ascentis in Bereavement Care. I continually update my knowledge through undertaking courses in the UK and USA.

I have offered counselling to clients in Cambridge and Ipswich for several organisations, including Suffolk MIND, The Cogwheel Trust, The Miscarriage Association and Cruse Bereavement Care, in addition to my private practice.

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

2015: Summer School at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex in 'Psychodynamic Thinking for Child and Adolescent Work'

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

2014: Ascentis and Cruse accreditation in Bereavement Care, 2014

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, feelings of dread, obsessive comupulsive disorder, panic disorder, skin picking, hair pulling, agoraphobia, body dysmorphic disorder


My regular fee for counselling is £40 per session, but a small number of concessions are available – please ask if you are a student, older citizen, or if you are experiencing financial difficulties at the moment.

Further information

My counselling room is situated in the centre of Ipswich and offers a safe, confidential place in which to explore any issues that may be troubling you. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users. There is plenty of parking nearby and the area is easily reached by public transport. For more information and to see the location on a map, please visit or contact me by email ( or phone 01473 381412 (I'm often in session with a client, so if you get a voicemail message, please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can).

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP1 2QA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
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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