About me

When we understand ourselves better we feel more in control of our lives. Through exploring experience and looking for meaning we gain a greater sense of ourselves and our potential. It's through the therapeutic relationship that we learn to listen carefully to our needs and respond to the truth in ourselves.

'It is never too late to become the person you might have been'.
(George Elliot)

I'm a qualified, experienced and professional psychodynamic counsellor, a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and it's been my privilege to accompany clients on this unique journey, a journey I too have been fortunate enough to have experienced.

Over the last few years I have introduced Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy into my work; this gentle and effective method is most helpful in reducing anxiety and deep trauma where other methods sometimes fail.

'The energy psychology dimension provides an additional perspective and method for rapidly clearing emotional distress and the deep patterning in the psycho-somatic-system'. (Phil Mollon)

Whether it's short-term or open-ended therapy you are looking for I can help you gain a greater sense of wellbeing. Giving yourself the time to come to counselling will bring greater self-awareness and with it the opportunity for personal development and lasting change in your life.

I counsel privately from established Counselling and Psychotherapy practises in Royal Crescent, Cheltenham and Westgate Street, Gloucester. There's parking available within walking distance and I'm able to offer some evening appointments so please enquire about availability.

'Sunlight's a thing that needs a window
Before into enters a dark room'.
(R.S. Thomas)

Counselling could be that window.

Thank you for browsing
, I hope you have found all the information you need. If you would like to know more about counselling or therapy I'm very happy to take calls on 07807 824519 - if I'm not available, please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively, please email me or why not visit my counselling website shown at the top of the page.

I look forward to meeting you.


Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. (Hons)

WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Post qualifying Graduate Award GCS

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


UKRCP Reg. Ind.

Counsellor Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2004 - 2009)

Private practice from 2009 onwards

Converging Streams Energy Psychotherapy Foundation Training Oxford 2016

Ongoing Continued Professional Development (CPD) as a condition of BACP Accreditation

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Coming to counselling isn't just about dealing with problems and crises, sometimes you might need a little extra support when making important life decisions, here a brief period of counselling can offer more clarity and help take the pressure off. Counselling is an investment in your future.

'Coming to counselling can have a positive influence whatever your outlook.'

Therapies offered

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Additional information

My current fee is  £45 for a 50 minute session and is reviewed annually



Please telephone or email me for availability.

COVID-19 pandemic: I am happy to take clients who are wanting counselling by telephone or zoom conference call.

Further information

The Cheltenham practise is in Royal Crescent, in the centre of Cheltenham, the Gloucester practise is also located centrally. Both premises have discreet entrances and there's car parking within easy walking distance.

I'm a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. Professional Indemnity Insurance covers my service.

Thank you for taking the time to  browse my website - I hope it has been of some help to you. If you have any other questions or concerns about counselling please feel free to contact me either by email or on 07807 824519. I look forward to hearing from you.

With kind regards


3 Royal Crescent
GL50 3DA

5 Westgate Street
The Island
Westgate Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

Both telephone and zoom conference call sessions are available for clients who would prefer either of these methods

Sarah Mustoe

Sarah Mustoe