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 people sort out their difficulties and improve their quality of life. I work flexible hours, including Saturdays in East London, and in Liverpool Street. ONLINE SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE to couples and individuals during the Coronavirus isolation - there is no need to stop your sessions or wait to start therapy during this time.

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. I work with individuals, couples, young people (10+ yrs) and families. I'm DBS checked and cleared.

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 anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, cross-cultural issues and  many life changes. 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. (During the coronavirus shut down therapy for all clients continues via online sessions).

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. Online counselling by call or video, can be an extremely effective method of therapy  for individuals or couples, 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


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

depression; anxiety; self-esteem; overthinking; grief; couples counselling;  individual counselling;  family counselling;  counselling young people; prenuptial counselling; difficulties in communication;  persistent arguments;  affairs;  trust issues; feeling stuck; cross-cultural difficulties; discrimination; parenting issues;  adolescent concerns;  assertiveness; phobias; intimacy;  sexual issues; gender issues; friendships; high sensitivity; 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.


Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

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 counselling - £60. (Reduced rate for students).


Evenings, weekdays, Saturday mornings, Online

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 November 2022

United Kingdom

Nr Liverpool Street Station
City Of London

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

I work on the ground floor, with one small step into the building and easy access into the counselling room. Free parking is available.

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Deborah Sadler

Deborah Sadler