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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?

** For the duration of the coronavirus restrictions, I am offering new clients telephone or online sessions using safe, free platforms. I have additional training in working online and by phone 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 Code of Ethics.

I work with individuals and couples; with young people (over 18) as well as 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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Individual clients: daytime sessions £40, evening sessions £45. Couples: daytime sessions £55 evening sessions £60. Supervision £45. Concessions often available for people on low income and for trainee counsellors.


Daytime & evening appointments available

Combe Down Branch Surgery
Sulis Manor Road

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I am able to offer online and telephone sessions

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I qualified with a Diploma in Supervision from CTSD in Bath in 2017.  I very much enjoy supervising therapists' work and extend my practice to people working in other helping professions such as social work and holistic therapies.  I am happy to work online or over the phone if this is how you usually see clients or if temporary reasons prevent us from meeting face-to-face.  I use the free online platform VSee, which has greater security than many other commonly-used platforms.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Sarah Layzell, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Sarah Layzell, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor