Brenda Sawyerr

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BSc (Hons), HPDip, MBACP. Individual and Couples Counselling
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Greenwich, London, SE10
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I am a counsellor with over 17 years post qualification experience, based in Greenwich, South East London. I have a BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling and a HPDip in Counselling. I have an Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling and a Diploma in Counselling Supervision. I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I provide a private and confidential counselling service to individuals and to couples in the Greenwich and surrounding South East London area. I work with a diverse range of people from a wide range of backgrounds and identities.

I hope that you'll find the information here useful in helping you to decide whether we can work together.

I would like to acknowledge the courage it takes to make that first step towards counselling as a way to help your self. If you haven't experienced counselling before it's understandable that you may feel nervous or confused about what to expect. If you have had counselling before you may also have some anxieties depending on your previous experience.

Why Counselling

There are a wide range of reasons why people may decide to seek counselling, that is individual to each person. There may be issues or traumas in the past that are in some way effecting you now or there may be present day issues that are having an impact upon your life. You may be seeking counselling for bereavement, anger issues, depression, anxiety, abuse or relationship issues.

Whatever the reason, it can be helpful to have a counsellor to talk with that is not going to judge, analyse or tell you what to do. My aim as a counsellor is to create a safe space to explore, to help you to a deeper understanding of yourself and assist you in finding your way forward.

Couples and Relationship Counselling

I provide a private and confidential couples and relationship counselling service in the Greenwich and surrounding South East London area. I have completed an Advanced Post Diploma Certificate Course in Person-Centred Couples Counselling. I am a Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of:

The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

As well as a member of their sub-divisions:
Private Practise
Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP)

The Person-Centred Association (TPCA).

The World Association for Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (WAPCEPC).


BSc (Hons) Person-Centred counselling
Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling
Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training
Diploma in Counselling Supervision
NCFE in Counselling Skills
NCFE in Special Needs

Specialist Areas of Work

As well as my private work I am a Senior Counsellor at Rape Crisis.
I have several years experience providing counselling to women in a domestic violence project.
I worked in an agency for several years providing counselling for young people aged 13-25.
I also have experience as a counsellor working with young people in a secondary school setting.

Continual Professional Development

As a member of BACP, I am committed to my continual personal and professional development and also work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice. Below is a selection of courses, training, worshops and seminars I have completed.

Couples and Relationship Training

  • Advanced Post Diploma Certificate Course in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
  • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training (under Ellyn Bader Ph.D)
  • Assessing and Treating Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy - Level 1 (AASECT with Martha Kauppi)
  • Ways into Working with Couples
  • Relationships and Asperger Syndrome
  • Intimacy and Infidelity in Couples Therapy
  • Transformative Approach to Couples Therapy
  • Modern Love: Rethinking Intimacy and Sexuality in Couples Therapy
  • Polyamory: Therapeutic Challenges, Confrontations, and Solutions
  • The Empathy Tightrope; Confronting Addiction in Couple Therapy
  • Working with Sex Issues in Therapy
  • Pathways to Intimacy After Trauma
  • Becoming Great at Confrontation

Training,  Courses, Workshops and Seminars

  • Narscism, Gender & Psychotherapy
  • Love, Sex & the Body; Men's Relationship with Embodiment, Sexuality & Intimacy
  • The Practices and Principles of Ethical Polyamory
  • Working with Compulsive Sexual Behaviours
  • The Intersection of Race, Gender, Relationship and Sexual Diversity
  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Autism in Women and Girls
  • Counselling and Sexual Abuse
  • Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Sex and Intimacy after Trauma
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
  • Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (trauma based model)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma and the Body
  • Healing Trauma in the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Working with Diversity in Counselling
  • Working with Autistic Process
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Self-harm and Suicide
  • Working with Shame
  • Stalking
  • Bereavement

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£65.00 - £90.00

Additional information

Individual Counselling Fees
The cost of each 50 minute individual counselling session is £65.

Couples Counselling Fees
The cost of each 50 minute couples counselling session is £90.

Cancellation Charges
Cancellations less than 24hours notice of appointment are payable in full.
Cancelled sessions with less than seven days notice of appointment are subject to a cancellation fee of £35.

Missed Session Charges
Missed sessions are payable in full.

Methods of Payment
At present for all Telephone and Online Counselling Sessions you will receive a Paypal invoice* via email which has a link for you to click on and make the payment with EITHER your debit/credit card OR with a Paypal account.
*PLEASE NOTE: You do not need a Paypal account to make this payment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday evening and Saturday daytime.

Further information

For further information about my practise and how I work please visit my website:

Greenwich, London, SE10

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Brenda Sawyerr
Brenda Sawyerr