Sarah Waters 1st Class BA (Hons) Counselling/Dip Counselling & Therapy/MBACP

Sarah Waters 1st Class BA (Hons) Counselling/Dip Counselling & Therapy/MBACP


07779 451703

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07779 451703

About me

I am a down to earth, experienced Person Centred therapist who incorporates knowledge of Attachment Theory into my approach which acknowledges the huge impact our early months and years have on our emotional (and physical) health and well being.

It is possible to work short term and achieve change in behaviour plus a shift in attitude and this may be appropriate. However you may require more than this and it can take persistence to reach the depths where real transformation can happen.If appropriate we would therefor look into the type of nurture you received as an infant and as a child as this would give us a unique insight into your emotional development. It would also help us to understand how and why you relate to others in the way that you do and armed with that awareness we can work on any changes you may want to make.

All of this would take place in a space in which you feel really listened to and respected. I believe this is one of the most helpful things one person can do for another. I don't give advice or tell you what to do - I hope to create an environment where you can express your feelings and tap into your own inner wisdom. The emphasis of my approach is on an empathic, confidential and open relationship where we can try to get a better perspective on whatever your problems or worries may be.

Learning to see your situation more clearly and most importantly, cultivating acceptance of yourself in it can take time; it certainly takes commitment and courage so well done for taking this first step.  So you know you're in safe hands I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to its strict code of ethics plus have insurance and regular supervision.

I work privately from home plus I am the Lead of a Psycho Educational Therapy team for a local charity called CLEAR (see below for more info). I am from Cornwall and have also spent a long time time in London and Sydney, which has given me a wide variety of experience. I am also a mum to two children.


Alongside my private work, I set up and am the Lead of a Psycho Educational Therapy team run by a local charity, CLEAR ( I offer short term psycho education/therapy to parents/carers to help them understand the psychological impact of direct or indirect abuse that a child or young person has experienced. The aim is to empower the parent/carer and build up their confidence so they are able to initiate change where needed and to improve attachment between the child/young person and parent/carer and foster stronger and more permanent resilience within the family. I help the parent/carer understand the root of difficult behaviour and introduce them to useful tools and techniques to manage this.I provide guidance, insight and support, building upon coping skills already present. I also work dyadically with the parent and child together if deemed necessary.


As well as counselling individuals I also offer Parent/ Infant therapy for Mums (and dads/carers) who would like to learn more about having a positive relationship with their baby. The therapy sessions are with you and your child together, in a safe, confidential and nurturing space where you can explore your feelings and not be judged or told what to do.

We would work together to attend to the emotional health and development of both you and your child by:

    • Examining any adverse conditions that exist in your current situation
    • Looking at your experience of pregnancy and birth plus any previous birth experiences that you have had
    • Exploring your thoughts/feelings towards the presence and care of your infant
    • Wondering about your infants experiences and feelings when interacting with you
    • Allowing you to express any conflicts or emotions you feel when with your infant
    • Sharing in the observation of the infants growth and development
    • Looking at any past history of abuse, abandonment, separation and unresolved loss and how this may affect your relationship with your infant.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dyadic Developmental Practice: Psychotherapy & Parenting ( Level 1) 2015

This is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and inter subjectivity and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling Studies 2012:

The modules included:

Transpersonal Therapy/Nurturing the Soul

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Identity, Diversity and Difference

Ways of working with Rage and Anger

Working with groups

Thesis: How nurture affects to the brain development of infants aged 0-2

Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy 2008.

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies 2006.

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2005.

I started my complimentary health training in 1998 gaining REIKI level 1 and 11.

I started my counselling training 11 years ago gaining the above qualifications. I have worked with a whole range of clients experiencing a wide variety of difficulties through a doctors surgery, a college counselling service and privately at home.

I have attended courses on the following:

Psychodramatic bodywork (monthly for over a year) (2000)

Mindfullness for stress reduction ( 8 week course 2013)

Introduction to Core Process Psychotherapy (2012)

Understanding Attachment in Children Seminar (2013)

Perinatal Mental Health Study Day (2014)

DASH Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment, Honour-Based Violence Risk Assessment Training (2014)

PACE for Professionals (2015)

Group 2 Child Protection Refresher Training (2015)

Infant Mental Health conference (2016)

IBA Identification and Brief Advice with Alcohol Users Training (2016)

ASSIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2016)

Level 3 Multi Agency Child `protection Training (Core course) 2017

Safer Cornwall Basic Drug Awareness Training 2017

FAA Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace (QFC) 2017

Iron Mill College - Connecting through Creativity Conference - Facilitating relationship, healing and wellbeing in the therapeutic professions - 2017

Adult Mental Health First Aid 2 day Course - 2017

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parent Infant therapy/counselling

Dyadic work with a parent and child or young person

Adult Psycho Education/Therapy


Sessions last for 50 minutes and ideally take place on a weekly basis.

I work from from home in Penzance.

I charge £40.00 per session (£30 for students)

Maps & Directions

Penzance, TR18

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekdays and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme