Sara Anton M.A, MPhil (Cantab), BSc, Dip Psych, UKCP (accred)
About me and how I work:
I am a highly experienced and qualified child, young people and parent psychotherapist offering both long and short term therapy. I have a wealth of experience in areas including anxiety, depression, family issues and low self esteem. I currently work in private practice as well as within an NHS CAMHS team in Barnet and so have a thorough understanding of the mental health system.
I am a sensitive, thoughtful and warm therapist, specifically trained and experienced in working with children, teenagers, young adults and parents. I also work with adults treating both specific issues and more general feelings of discontent.
I do this work because I believe in the value of therapy, as a tool to help you feel better, understand yourself more fully, gain a more positive sense of self and achieve greater wellness of being. For children/teenagers this translates into feeling happier and more able to make friends and focus academically.
I create a welcoming and confidential space in which children, teenagers and parents are able to relax, talk freely and explore all the things that are concerning them. I have a range of art materials and games in the room, which children may choose to use, since they tend to express themselves through play within therapy.
My main focus is to help you or your child to understand yourself, your situation, relationships, feelings, your internal world. With greater understanding comes more acceptance of yourself and the experience of being able to trust and feel more confident in who you are and the choices you make.
I work with the client, using whichever tools best suit their needs and personality and can use a combination of talking therapy, mindfulness practices, guided visualisation, art and sandplay therapy.
I am also a trained mindfulness teacher for children and teenagers, I run ten week mindfulness courses with large groups of students and teachers and also bring mindfulness practices into my one to one work.
A little bit more about my experience:
I have worked for over twenty years with children and young adults. Initially I worked as a psychology teacher and a teacher trainer. I retrained in child, adolescent and family psychotherapy and I am currently working in private practice as well as for the NHS within Barnet CAMHS team (Adolescent Mental Health Services) working with children and adolescents, parents and families throughout primary and secondary schools in Barnet. I work within a multi-disciplinary team assessing children and carrying out short-term therapeutic work.
Duration of therapy:
In my work with children I always begin by meeting the parents first for a session and then if the child is not confident the next session is with parent and child. It takes a number of sessions to assess what the issues are. Sometimes short-term therapy is all that is needed to help with problems, approximately 6 sessions.
I also work with clients long-term, this can be anything from a few months to a year or more. We will assess the therapy as we go, re-evaluating how things are and what is needed.
Where I work:
I have a home practice in Hampstead Garden Suburb - a 10 minute walk from Golders Green - Tuesday day and evenings. On Mondays I practice from Terapia, which is on East End Road in East Finchley. My room is bright, comfortable and welcoming, with lots of games and art materials for children - and you can be assured of privacy and confidentiality.
For both practices there is off street parking:
Home practice - it is close to Golders Green train station and on several bus routes.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education)
Diploma in Sandplay Therapy (CCPE)
Assessment using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers 11-18 (Mindfulness In Schools Project)
Diploma in Emotional Factors in Teaching and Learning (Tavistock and Portman Clinic)
PGCE, Psychology (Institute of Education)
Conversion Diploma in Psychology for Graduates (London Guildhall University)
M.Phil Criminology (University of Cambridge)
I am UKCP registered (the umbrella organisation that holds the national register of psychotherapists, who have met the organisation's exacting standards and training requirements).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Family/systemic therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Per 50 minute session (children/adult): £80 - £90 (dependent on location)
60 minute session for couples/family: £100 - £115 (dependent on location)
I have a limited number of concessions for those unable to pay the full fee.
Fees are payable in cash or cheque at the end of sessions or by bank transfer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work on Monday (at Terapia) and Tuesday day and evening (Hampstead Garden Suburb/Golders Green).
Types of client