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 a UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor offering individual therapy to adults in central Ipswich, Suffolk.

I work with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, bereavement and low self-esteem. As an integrative therapist, I draw upon a number of psychotherapeutic approaches, incuding psychodynamic, gestalt and mindfulness-based CBT. However, while these form the scaffolding for my work, it is not necessary for my clients to know or understand them and I list them here only so that you may find out about my of working if you wish.

Successful therapy depends upon your feeling safe enough to explore your thoughts and feelings, and to have a sense of being truly heard and understood. I have worked with people from many different backgrounds, cultures and ways of thinking, and I am skilled at listening carefully to find out what is important and meaningful to each unique person. It is through reaching a shared understanding of your world that we can make sense together of what is happening to you, and untangle some of the confusions or overwhelming emotions with which you have been struggling. As clarity emerges, my clients often find that they start to feel differently about themselves and the people around them, and are able to find a clear way forward, where once they had felt 'stuck' or powerless to change things.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially studied philosophy at the University of Warwick, but my search for real answers to life's most difficult problems led me to study psychotherapy and counselling with Matrix College of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and also at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. I have a Diploma, Advanced DIploma and a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and 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 MIND, The Cogwheel Trust, The Miscarriage Association and Cruse Bereavement Care, in addition to my private practice.

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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Social anxiety, generalized anxiety,


I offer a free initial consultation so that we can meet and decide whether we would like to work together, and for you to talk about some of the issues that are troubling you. Ongoing therapy is charged at £40 per session, but a small number of concessions are available – please ask if you are experiencing financial difficulty.

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. There is parking nearby and the area is easily reached by public transport. For more information and to see the location on a map, please visit

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP1 2QA

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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