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Covid 19 : If you are looking for Counselling or Relationship Therapy in person, I have made arrangements to see clients safely at my centrally located Shrewsbury town office. If you require more details please contact me by 'phone, email or message. Heather

Relationships with partners,family, friends and colleagues play a big part in how happy we are. There is a clear link between our relationships and both mental health and wellbeing. I can help you make the most of your couple or family relationship, past, present or future. I can also help if you are currently not in a relationship.

I can help you with issues surrounding infidelity and affairs.

I can help you navigate your way through the menopause and other midlife challenges, enabling you to emerge healthier and stronger in mind and body.

As a couple counsellor I have been trained to work with a sexual focus, when sex goes well it is a positive integral part of your relationship. However when either of you are not happy with your sex lives it assumes a more powerful role, effecting your relationships intimacy and closeness. We will work together to rekindle intimacy and desire by sharing feelings, concerns, vulnerabilities and promoting empathic communication.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor. I work with individuals couples and families to help alleviate their distress. Some of the concerns that people bring to me for help are problems with relationships, anxiety and depression.

Problems can occur at home and at work. I also offer counselling for people who are feeling the pressure in their working environment. Occupational stress is common in many jobs and especially so in any job where you are required to 'give a lot of yourself' . I am the retained staff counsellor for a local FE College.

I provide personal therapy for students undertaking counselling courses.My style of counselling is to explore problems from my clients perspective, to understand how they feel and thereby develop a clear understanding of their difficulties and concerns we then work together to resolve them.

I offer affordable counselling in a private, safe and comfortable consulting room where you will not be asked to wait in a public waiting room and there are toilet facilities.

I am well qualified holding an MA in Relationship Therapy and a Diploma level Counselling qualification. I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that my practice has been deemed to meet the BACP's higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.

I have worked for Relate Shrewsbury, Herefordshire and Staffordshire for a number of years as a Counsellor working with individuals, couples and families. Relate training equips the counsellor to offer relationship counselling which is supported by the latest research and good practice.

The Family counselling I offer is for family members who are looking for help in resolving difficulties and concerns in their relationships with one another. By family it can mean any family member of any age i.e.young people, parents, single parents, heterosexual or same- sex couples, adult siblings, and grandparents.

Training, qualifications & experience

Prior to my career as a counsellor, I worked for the NHS for a number of years in a variety of roles and several years teaching and as a manager in a busy educational establishment. I have been using helping skills for people of all ages throughout my working life.

My qualifications relevant to counselling are:

  • BSc Honours degree in Health Studies specialising in Health Promotion
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Further and Higher)
  • Certificate in Counselling concepts
  • Level 3 award in Counselling skills and theory
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship therapy
  • MA in Relationship Therapy. Awarded by Hull University in association with Relate

I keep myself up to date through Continuing Professional Development and hold all of the mandatory qualifications required to counsel for relate. Including Mental Health and Couple Counselling, Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Child Protection and Safeguarding.

I have a particular interest in Mindfulness and have studied its use in Sex and Relationship Therapy.

I also hold a HM Government qualification in Data Protection.

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.


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 can help with anxiety, such as that associated with relationship difficulties whether these are intimate relationships, relationships within the family or relationships at work.

I can help you to deal with loss, this could be loss of a friend, someone dear to you,

If you are hoping to embark on a new intimate relationship or want to find out why you are struggling to make yours work, I will help you to discover what has been making things difficult so that you are able to change things for the better.

In the case of relationship breakdown, separation or divorce I can help you and your partner keep the process non confrontational and find a way forward that minimises distress and meets the needs of everyone involved, especially any children.


From £40.00 to £50.00

Additional information

My fees are £40.00 per one hour individual session or £50.00 for a couple. I am not able to accept card or cheques.

I aim to keep my fees affordable whilst still ensuring I can offer a quality service in comfortable surroundings.
If you need to rearrange your appointment please give me as much notice as you can so that I can offer The appointment to someone else In need of help.

I have premises in a discrete but central Shrewsbury location and there is parking nearby. You will receive individual attention and no lengthy waits in a public waiting room.


Appointments available daytime and evenings.

Further information

I attend supervision with a qualified supervisor and regularly attend professional development events.

13a Dogpole


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Heather Sanderson MA, MBACP (Accred/Reg.

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Heather Sanderson

Heather Sanderson