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About me

My professional experience:

I am a Clinical Child Psychologist with over 15 years NHS experience providing highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to children and adolescents, as well as to other family members including siblings and parents/carers. I have a great deal of experience working with psychological difficulties such as anxiety including OCD, panic attacks, separation anxiety, phobias and social anxiety; depression and deliberate self-harm, low self-esteem and poor body image; behaviour difficulties and anger management, as well as addressing issues related to school such as school phobias and bullying.

I am also experienced in addressing family difficulties as well as problems with feeding and sleep. My extensive experience to date enables me to provide tailor made interventions using the most effective methods at supporting individuals and families to overcome their difficulties.

I am particularly interested in working with children and adolescents with a variety of medical conditions, both chronic and life-threatening. This work is aimed at addressing psychological issues related to having a chronic medical condition, such as adjustment to diagnosis, adherence to treatment, behavioural difficulties, needle phobias, and emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety and anger management. In addition, I have clinical expertise in supporting children with physical manifestations of psychological distress.

I am trained in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy.

I qualified as a clinical psychologist at The University of Surrey in 2003 and have since worked in paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, The Whittington Hospital, The Royal Brompton Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children.

I have worked with many different cultures and communities in the UK. These experiences have enhanced my understanding of the spiritual and cultural influences in mental and physical health.

Personal Approach:

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to the work that I do. I therefore provide a warm, friendly, safe and non-judgemental space where children, adolescents, and/or their families can talk openly and honestly and without fear of judgment. I carry out thorough assessments which guide the formulation of the difficulties and direct the intervention. All psychological interventions carried out are evidence-based, individualised and adjusted to meet the developmental stage of the child or adolescent. I work collaboratively with the child or adolescent and their families enabling them to reach their personal goals.

I work flexibly depending on the presenting difficulties and am happy to carry out assessments with the child or adolescent on their own or with their parents or carers. I am also happy to meet with the parents without their child to enable them to speak freely and in confidence. If it is appropriate and with consent I will liaise with the school and other professionals involved with the child or adolescent.

Aside from my work I am an avid football fan and love watching my team - Man City - play. I also love to spend time with family and friends.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how you can access therapy, you can call me 07568 380 603 or send an email to drsarabentwood@gmail.com.

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical Interventions:

The main model that I use to provide assessment, formulation and treatment, is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), however, I am also trained in Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focussed Therapy. I always ensure that therapeutic interventions are tailored to meet the needs of each client.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Psychology BSc Hons (University of Birmingham)                                                           
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, DClinPsych (University of Surrey)                             
  • Chartered Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist (CPsychol)

Professional accreditations and memberships:

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS, CPsychol)                           
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)                                   

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Medical conditions I have worked with:

  • Allergy
  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Coeliac disease
  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes and endocrine conditions
  • Eczema and other dermatologic conditions
  • Food allergies·     
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Haematological conditions such as sickle cell
  • HIV
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Pain management
  • Thyroid problems

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Additional information

I offer a simple fee structure where the cost per session is the same for individuals, couples or families. Psychological therapy is available for children, young people, their parents or families and each session lasts for 50 minutes. Please contact me directly for further information.

I am accredited with all major private healthcare insurance companies.

N20 8EH

Type of session

In person
Dr Sara Bentwood

Dr Sara Bentwood