Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 20th January 2022

About me

Life getting on top of you?
Trying to move on from trauma or sexual abuse?
Would you like space to explore your thoughts and feelings?

* I am now seeing clients in my therapy room on the southern edge of Bath as well as online via Zoom. 

I have additional training in online and telephone counselling and have used these media for many years.

Counselling can help. My name is Sarah Layzell and I've been working in private practice since 1997. My approach is integrative and person-centred, drawing on existential and mindfulness-based approaches as well as CBT. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I am accredited by the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework.

I work with individuals and couples; with young people (over 18) and older adults.

I see people - individuals and couples - with all sorts of problems, as well as those whose goal is to explore their lives further. I am especially interested in helping people with relationship problems, depression, stress & anxiety, chronic illness, difficulties with food and the aftermath of rape & sexual abuse.

I have a Diploma in Supervision from CSTD in Bath and offer supervision on a one-to-one basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 1997 with a Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling from Regent's College London and in 2017 gained a Diploma in Supervision from CSTD Bath. I have a MSc. in the Sociology of Health & Illness (University of London, 1990) and before becoming a full-time therapist worked in research, specialising in mental health and disability.

My first counselling job was with Diabetes UK, helping people come to terms with their diagnosis and the changes and losses this involved. For 3 years I worked for Kinergy, providing counselling for men and women who had been raped or sexually abused, so have particular expertise in this area. I worked part-time in the Student Counselling Services at UWE and the University of Bath for over 10 years and have a strong interest in working with young people.

I continue my professional development by frequently undertaking additional training, most recently focusing on Mindfulness-based approaches, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and managing the aftermath of trauma & sexual abuse.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Individual clients: daytime sessions £45, evening sessions £50. Couples: daytime sessions £60 evening sessions £65. Supervision £50. Concessions sometimes available for people on low income and for trainee counsellors.


I regret that currently my therapy practice is full and I'm unable to see new clients.  I am still taking enquiries about supervision.

Daytime & evening appointments available

Combe Down Branch Surgery
Sulis Manor Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I am able to offer online and telephone sessions


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I qualified with a Diploma in Supervision from CTSD in Bath in 2017.

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Sarah Layzell

Sarah Layzell