Deborah Sadler, MA, MBACP. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Deborah Sadler,  MA,  MBACP.      Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

109 George Lane
South Woodford
United Kingdom
E18 1AN

Coppergate House
16 Brune Street
Nr Liverpool Street Station
City Of London
E1 7NJ

07852772407 / 07852772407

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About me

You may feel overwhelmed by your problems, but all problems, big or small, have a solution. With years of experience in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy I use this effective approach to help couples, individuals, young people and families to sort out their difficulties and improve their quality of life. I work flexible hours, including Saturdays in East London, and in Liverpool Street.

Why this approach?

Although also trained in systemic and psychodynamic therapies I chose to specialise in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) because it is a logical and rational form of therapy, which has the added benefit of giving clients helpful tools and processes, which they can use for any future difficulties. Clients prefer and trust the process for this reason – many report finding it a surprising, engaging and constructive experience. It is not formulaic or a one-size-fits-all approach.

How do I work with this approach?

  • I help you to work logically and rationally through your difficulties in order to gain new perspectives and to find a range of solutions that are individual to you and which fit with your life – if they are realistic and manageable they will be easier to maintain.
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy offers an ideal way of dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, depresssion, couple conflict and the present inhibiting effects of past trauma. Rather than letting them continue to bog you down and destroy your peace of mind it encourages you to gain control of your situation and make changes that will free you from those influences to move forward.
  • Being as brief as you require, Solution Focused Brief Therapy is not a talking shop which drags on forever, draining your purse.

Solution Focused Therapy works well for a range of problems including cross-cultural and relationship difficulties, many life changes, anxiety, depression, trauma. Clients whose lives are generally running smoothly but who just wish to discuss a single issue with someone neutral, find it an excellent form of therapy for sorting out this issue quickly and effectively.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people and they report back on a positive counselling experience with me. Clients have to be prepared to do some work and make some changes, but this doesn't have to be an unhappy and negative experience. It certainly doesn't have to be long-winded. I place great importance on establishing a good therapeutic relationship which is confidential, non-judgmental and empathic and where you can feel comfortable discussing and resolving difficult issues. No smoke and mirrors!

I work flexible hours, including evenings and Saturday mornings, at 3 different locations including central and east London, so arranging appointments which suit your schedule need not be a problem.

I also undertake, and am experienced in, online therapy, which some clients prefer for various reasons and I counsel clients throughout the UK and abroad. I work too with many university students whose university counselling services are often oversubscribed; they find this a quick and affordable way of accessing sessions and like the brief therapy approach. Skype call, video, chat and email counselling can be an extremely effective method of therapy for most issues, particularly if the practitioner is an SFBT therapist experienced in time-limited therapy. If you are interested in having online therapy please visit my website for details or call me with any queries you may have.

It is difficult trying to source the best professional in any field, not least a therapist, and this is further complicated by there being so many therapies on offer.  So if you have any queries feel free to call or email me without obligation.  I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have towards finding what is right for you.

You will find additional details and a fuller description of my practice on my website, the address for which is listed at the top of this page.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA – Relationship Therapy


PGDip – Relationship Therapy

MBACP  -  I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My past experience has included working as a therapist for two large national charities. I prefer to work full-time in private practice. Private practice gives me the opportunity of offering a confidential and truly professional service where the client is valued as an intelligent,competent and unique individual. When you book my service you know you will be seeing me, unlike large organisations and agencies where you will be assigned to whomever is available and often an inexperienced trainee.

Apart from solution-focused brief therapy I have trained in and worked extensively with these approaches:

Narrative therapy

Systemic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

depression; anxiety; self-esteem; grief; couples counselling;  individual counselling;  family counselling;  counselling young people; prenuptial counselling; difficulties in communication;  persistent arguments;  affairs;  trust issues; feeling stuck; parenting issues;  adolescent concerns;  assertiveness; phobias; intimacy;  sexual issues; gender issues; friendships; domestic violence; abuse; anger management;  loneliness and isolation; career difficulties; lack of direction and motivation;  current crises;  work problems; suicide; step families;  parents and in-laws;  infertility;  divorce; truancy;  bullying at all ages;  bereavement and loss;  anger;  guilt;  sexuality;  age issues;  life changes; health concerns.


Fees for the East London practices (South Woodford (E18) and Leytonstone (E11) and Liverpool Street (EC2M)

£60 per 50-60 minute session   - individual therapy (E11)     £70 - (E18)       £90 - (EC2M)

£80   per 50-60 minute session   -  couple therapy (E11)      £90 - (E18)       £110 - (EC2M)

£150 per 50-60 minute session   -   family therapy (E11)    £160 - (E18)      £170 - (EC2M)

Saturday morning sessions are available at the E11 (Leytonstone) practice only.

Skype video and call, and chat and email counselling - £60. (Reduced rate for students).

Further information

As the owner of brief-therapy I provide training and continuous professional development courses on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, at various times during the year. These include group courses, customised courses for agencies or one-on-one training. If you are interested in a course please visit my site or contact me for details.

Currently bookings for agency, company training, and one-to-one training are full until June 2020.

Maps & Directions

London, E18 1AN
City Of London, E1 7NJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Evenings, weekdays, Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults