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CosmeticSurgeryCounselling - Deborah Sandler

About me

I specialise in cosmetic surgery counselling, body image issues, self-esteem and body dysmorphic disorder. I co-founded CosmeticSupport in 2000, the first ever emotional support site for clients and patients to explore their feelings about cosmetic surgery in a non-judgemental atmosphere of trust and safety. I am experienced in all the issues relating to cosmetic surgery, body dysmorphic disorder and body image issues. It is important for clients to understand as much as possible when making choices in a non-regulated industry. This service is open to friends, family members and loved ones of those undergoing life-changing surgery. I also provide group service for patients to learn from one another in an ethical and peer-support environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2000, I set up a non-profit independent emotional support site (in 2000) for cosmetic surgery patients offering pre- and post-operative emotional support. I can provide either short-term or long-term therapy depending on what the patient may benefit from the most. I specialise in body Body Dysmorphic Disorder and more normative body image issue. I have been on many government committees helping to improve patient safety for cosmetic surgery patients.

I offer face-to-face sessions but if you are not local or find travel difficult, I am able to offer Skype or Face-time sessions. If you are unable to use these services, I can provide telephone counselling services. It is important to know who you can trust when you are making life-changing cosmetic surgery decisions.

Member organisations


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

I offer support before and after cosmetic procedures to individuals or friends and families who are trying to support loved ones with cosmetic related issues including body image issues and body dysmorphic disorder.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Fees are typically £65.00 per hour but may vary depending on your surgeon (if you have one), insurance, location or circumstances. Please feel free to call and discuss.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


CosmeticSurgeryCounselling - Deborah Sandler

CosmeticSurgeryCounselling - Deborah Sandler