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PGDip. Counselling and Psychotherapy. MBACP

About me

Hi I'm Sally,

I can provide a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space for you to talk about anything you want to. Therapy can provide the opportunity for you to connect with your feelings, identify your own values, find meaning, and gain the courage to change your life if you want to. I work in an integrative way which means I can adapt my approach to suit your own individual needs. However, I lean strongly towards existential and person-centred therapy placing you as the expert on your life and looking at the here-and now, who you are and how you want to live.

You may feel that something is not quite right in your life or have a feeling of not being good enough. I offer a space where we can look at these things together. I can be by your side as you grapple with uncomfortable feelings, self-acceptance, social anxiety or difficult relationships. My life experience also makes me well placed to help people going through life changes and struggling with loss.

When I was a science teacher in East London, I gained a wide range of experience with people from all different backgrounds, interests, ages, genders and ethnicities. My job in a Sixth Form College gave me an understanding of a wide range of issues faced by young people starting out in life. I enjoy learning and my interest in physics fuels an interest in philosophy as another type of exploration into the world and how we understand our place within it.

I have a Postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy and as well as my own practice I have been a therapist in a low-cost counselling service. I am a volunteer bereavement counsellor for a local hospice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London)
  • ​Foundation Certificate in Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy (Existential Academy)
  • ​Certificate in Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor Training (St.Francis Hospice)
  • ​BSc. Physics (Cardiff)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Oxford)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £40.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 per 50 minute session

A concessionary rate of £40 is available. I also offer an initial introductory session for £40.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I offer online counselling and also face to face sessions in Upminster.

Upminster, East London, Essex, RM14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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