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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st June 2021

About me

Hi, thanks for looking at my page.

I am not currently taking on new private clients due to increasing my NHS hours at this challenging time. I will update when I am able to resume.

My name is May and I run a small private practice alongside my NHS work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health. I provide high quality psychological assessment, formulation and therapy helping people to overcome mental health difficulties and move forwards with their lives.

Having experienced the therapy process myself (when I found myself struggling with anxiety and panic after the birth of my youngest), I know that deciding to embark on talking therapies can be daunting. It is important that you feel comfortable with the person you sit down with. Taking this step can also be empowering and life changing. The fact that you are browsing this site now is an example of you taking control of your wellbeing. You’ll be amazed what you can accomplish. It’s exciting!

Your time in therapy with me will be a safe, non-judgemental space, allowing you to explore, make links, express emotions and talk about the things that might be difficult to talk about in everyday life. I also believe that good therapy is a collaborative process. It invites you, in your own time, to take an active role in the process of change. It will hopefully inspire you to recognise and utilise your own unique strengths and skills along the way. There might be challenges (in my experience life tends to throw everything at you just when you’re already struggling) and unexpected hard bits but we will tackle those together. The therapy I provide draws on very well established psychological models with a strong evidence base, so it is likely that you will see some benefit even if you feel your problems are complex.

I have over 20 years experience helping people with PTSD, depression, OCD, paranoia, anxiety, panic, psychosis, post natal depression (mums or dads), childhood trauma, or combinations of the above. I am very successful in my work and it brings me great pleasure to play a part in someone’s recovery journey. I am qualified to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, EMDR, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and psychodynamic models and hold Advanced Practitioner status for most of these.

If you think I might be a good fit for you then please do contact me with some details of what you would like help with. Email is usually the best way, after which we can arrange either a free initial telephone consultation or book in an assessment appointment at Rodney Street Consulting Rooms. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr May Sarsam

Training, qualifications & experience

Current position (part-time): Consultant Lead for Acute Care Services in the NHS, working with adults with severe and complex mental health difficulties.

14 years post-qualification experience with adults of working age with mental health difficulties from recent onset to very long held problems, at all levels of severity.

HCPC registered practitioner psychologist.

Member of British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)

EMDR advanced practitioner, EMDR UK, 2017.

Compassion Focussed Therapy advanced practitioner, Compassionate Mind 2014.

CBT advanced training, BABCP 2012.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy accredited practitioner, 2019.

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2006.

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Health and Care Professions Council

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Assessment and Therapy: £110 per hour

Clinical Supervision: £125 per hour


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access

3 Steps up to premises. Ground floor consulting room.


Unavailable currently

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Dr May Sarsam (BSc Hons, DClinPsych, HCPC, BABCP)

Dr May Sarsam (BSc Hons, DClinPsych, HCPC, BABCP)