Sandra Dean (MBACP) Integrative Counsellor and Life Writing coach

Sandra Dean (MBACP) Integrative Counsellor and Life Writing coach

About me

Hello, my name is Sandra Dean and I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor, and Life Writing coach. I have been professionally trained in person-centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Psycho-dynamic theories, so that I can use the relevant therapies for each individual I see. I also offer Expressive Writing Therapy, Life Writing workshops and the use of Mindfulness. Writing has been a therapy for me, so I offer my workshops for individuals and groups.

I can help you to make the most of life, to achieve better coping mechanisms for mental health, and any other things you wish to achieve, I have suffered with mental health issues and have worked with clients of a local charity – a homeless shelter – as a counsellor.

My room is in Rayleigh Essex, but I can also make arrangements to see my clients at their home (10 mile radius of Rayleigh, Essex). Please contact me to find out more. *Please note that Rayleigh attendance is NOT suitable for those with allergies to cats*

To ensure I work to the highest standard, I continue to take part in regular training and studies.

I am fully insured with public liability insurance.

I have also been DRB (police) checked for my work as a counsellor at a local homeless shelter where I volunteered, so you can be sure you are in safe hands. I am also completely confidential.

My specialisms are working to beat depression, anxiety, stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, but I can work with any mental health issues. I also specialise in relationship issues, family dynamics, self-esteem and confidence issues and working with life changes that are all too often unwanted and negative. I have a lot of experience working with homelessness, and associated adversities as well.

I have campaigned for years against the stigma of mental health issues, and promote understanding, empathy and knowledge. I have written two memoirs based on mental health and a self-help book for overcoming depression and anxiety, and am well known in the field of mental health.

Training, qualifications & experience

AQA Introduction to Counselling Concepts
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

As well as the above formal training and qualification, I am an author of mental health memoirs, covering Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and depression.

I have also written a successful self-help book for sufferers of Depression and Anxiety (pen name Amanda Green). I am also a Life Writing Workshop coach and can bring life writing into the sessions if required.

I had a lot of adversity in my younger years, for which I had various therapeutic help, and it was the realisation of how powerful talking therapies can be, that made me want to become a counsellor and help others as I was myself.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer Life Writing Workshops and journal writing as therapy and writing experience.

As a recruitment consultant previously, I can offer help with work choices and interviews.

Photos & videos

  • A cosy place to relax


Counselling £35 per hour (5 sessions paid in advance £150)

Student counsellors welcome - please enquire.

Life writing workshops (for therapy)

Individual, one person, in Rayleigh only £45 per session (2 hours) – other areas please ask.

Groups can be accommodated (Larger groups please ask – various areas, including Westcliff/Rayleigh)

Life writing workshops (creative writing/writing own story/memoir) - many areas available, including Westcliff and Rayleigh

Taster session - One person £45 in Rayleigh only (other areas please ask)

Taster session - £25 per person (minimum of 4 people, maximum of 10 people)

4 session Life Writing courses £80 per person (minimum of 4 people, maximum of 10 people)

Maps & Directions

Rayleigh, SS6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


weekdays, evenings until 9pm, and Saturdays

Types of client

Older adults