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Dr Sandra Cass-Courtney

London, EC1V 1LJ
08454670940 08454670940 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Doctor of Counselling Psychology available for face to face appointments in Islington as well as Telephone and Online Counselling Sessions. Should you wish to book online with myself or any of my colleagues then please go to http://booking.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/ for a Live Online Diary.

I work with adults, children, families and couples and use a range
of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including Third Wave approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy {ACT}, Mindfulness and Compassionate Focused Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapy and Schema Therapy. I create an individualised treatment programme for each of my patients based on what they need and feel comfortable and taking into consideration what is proven to bring the fastest and most long lasting relief for their particular difficulty.

I am experienced in helping people to resolve the majority of problems that cause emotional distress and discomfort including (but not limited to):

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Problems
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Counselling for Carers
  • Child & Teenager Counselling
  • Depression & Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress

Services Offered

I also offer the following services:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Child Counselling
  • Expert Witness
  • Family Counselling
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment
  • Specialist Eating Disorder Counselling

My Philosophy

My philosophy lies in the belief that we are not fixed beings and change is always possible. Human suffering and relational struggles are inevitable parts of our lives. Therapy often deals directly with life’s inevitable crisis and focuses the therapeutic endeavour around a client’s struggles, helping them to find a new direction in their lives. The therapeutic process may address the type of questions that all human beings ask themselves. For example, who am I? What is the purpose of my existence? What do I want from my life? Therapy is about understanding and clarifying what is problematic for the client and enabling the client to tackle their difficulties in a creative and courageous manner.

My role, as a psychologist, is to support you in overcoming the difficulties and barriers that may be holding you back in your life. At the heart of the work is the focus on relationships as this is the foundation from which we understand ourselves and relate to others. The primary importance of therapy is to build a mutually genuine, warm and caring relationship, putting particular emphasis on the client’s relationship to self and their interactions in the relational world. Furthermore, the relational encounters between the client and therapist can also provide insights to the client’s relationships outside of the therapy.

My Approach

As a Counselling Psychologist, I have worked in NHS settings, voluntary sectors, forensic hospitals, addiction clinics and private practice. My training and accrued experience means that I am highly skilled in helping people with a spectrum of issues that arise in our personal lives, ranging from anxiety, OCD, depression, shame and self-esteem issues to stresses caused by separation, loss, life transitions and relationship difficulties. In my practice, I adopt an integrative approach, using a range of therapeutic approaches, such as CBT (particularly third wave CBT approaches), Psychodynamic Therapy and Existential-Phenomenological Therapy. Due to the all-encompassing nature of therapy, it is near impossible to identify one single cause for psychological upset. The therapy instead treats each person as an individual, exploring their experience and tailoring the approach to what works best for the client. The unique piece of work, that together we create, focuses on different levels. You will be encouraged to become more attuned to your inner world, using this insight to provide clarity in your everyday experiences. We may explore existential issues and problems in living that may be influencing your relationships and the choices you make, leaving you feeling more equipped to embrace the freedom of choice and to live fully in the present. Our work may unearth patterns of thought and behaviour that may no longer be useful, allowing you to find alternative thoughts and behavioural patterns. We may also use events from the past as insight, becoming a tool to promote freedom and assertiveness. Coming to the realisation that you are not defined by your history and that you are not destined to have a certain future is often a breakthrough that offers liberation.

My Motivation

I have always had a keen interest in the human condition and a natural empathy to the feelings and circumstances of others. I consider it a privilege and an honour to sit with my clients and I appreciate the courage it takes to come to therapy and share one’s story.

A Little More About Me

When I am not working or taking care of my family I strive to find time to relax. I find reading, running, yoga and meditation enjoyable and useful in providing a sense of calm and contentment.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPsychol, BA (Hons) Psychology
Doctor of Counselling Psychology

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

I offer everyone a Free of Charge Pre-Assessment Telephone Consultation

The fees below are for a 50 minute face to face, telephone or video counselling session.

Self Funded Treatment

  • Individual Therapy: £140 per session
  • Couples/Family Therapy: £150 per session
  • Online/Skype: £105 individuals / £115 couples and families.


Health Insurance

Most national and international Private Healthcare companies are accepted including (but not limited to):

  • Bupa
  • Axa
  • Cigna
  • Pru Health
  • Aviva
  • Simply Health
  • WPA
  • and more…


It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the cost or part of the cost of your appointments. Each healthcare provider (Bupa, Axa, Aviva, Cigna etc) have slightly different policies but most of them are happy for you to approach us directly in the first instance.

Axa require a referral from a Psychiatrist in order to access your policy and we are happy to help arrange this with you.

Bupa require a referral from your GP in order to access your policy. GP’s are often happy to provide a referral following a phone consultation instead of a traditional face to face appointment in the surgery as it is more time efficient.

With the above a quick call to your healthcare provider should allow them clarify these details.

It is worth noting that not all policies will cover the full cost of your treatment. We will advise you of the availability of healthcare appointments, and any cost implications in your initial enquiry.

Some healthcare providers have fees which are different to our self funding rates detailed above. If these are less than our own rate we have to ask that the shortfall is made up by the patient. Please just remember to tell us who your provider is as soon as possible to avoid any confusion when booking.

Further information

Recent Testimonials

“I have been having Online CBT Counselling for about 9 months and it has made such a difference. I struggled for years with an eating disorder and depression and I really feel like I’ve got my life back. The online CBT Counselling programme fitted in with the long hours I work and it actually felt more supportive that other types of counselling I have tried because I had contact with my psychologist up to 3 times a week. I am so glad that I tried this approach and would recommend it to anyone who needs help sorting out a problem”.

– Lizzie (Richmond)

“I initially only agreed to couples counselling so my wife couldn’t accuse me of not trying but I have been pleasantly surprised by how it has helped us. Our psychologist didn’t take sides, didn’t judge and was able to identify what the problem was and help us to work out a solution in a relatively short space of time. I am pleased that we did this and would definitely recommend this service to other couples who are struggling to make things work.”

– Jonathan (Marylebone)

“Feelings of anxiety will always be part of a busy lifestyle, but in my experience, having a strong CBT counsellor to help get those harsher aspects is essential. This is what I have achieved with 20 sessions and will continue to build on.”

– Rebecca (London)

“I had a course of CBT Counselling and although it didn’t provide me with the quick fix miracle solution I was hoping for, it has made my problems feel more manageable”.

– Chris (Richmond)

“CBT Counselling is hard work, but I think it is worth putting in the effort”.

– David (London)

“For the first few CBT Counselling sessions I actually felt more anxious and thought about giving up, but I’m 10 sessions in now and things are starting to shift. It’s still isn’t plan sailing but I am hopeful that if I keep at it I will get there”.

– Anna (Marylebone)

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EC1V 1LJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Counselling available in English, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish & Spanish

Accessibility

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

Availability

Appointments available throughout the week, both daytime and evenings including Saturdays. Please call or e-mail to confirm my latest availability.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Dr Sandra Cass-Courtney

Dr Sandra Cass-Courtney