About me

Hi my name is Sara and after over 20 years of working in Severe and Acute Adult Mental Heath services I have been led to a model which I believe has the potential to change people's relationships. The Open Dialogue model offers a space in which people are truly heard and validated, where all voices have an equal space to both speak and be heard, a space in which we come together as human beings trying to understand each others experiences. There is no judgement or blame, only validation and reflections and exploration, there is no hierarchy only transparency, authenticity, and human connections. I genuinely believe in this model and want to share it with every family willing to take the journey. Embarking on family therapy is a brave and courageous act and the Open Dialogue model provides a safe, containing place to hold you throughout the journey.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Director - Dr Sara Betteridge Ltd
  • Clinical Supervisor and Psychologist - Safer Places Domestic Abuse Charity
  • Lead Family Therapist - Adult Eating Disorder Unit Priory Chelmsford
  • Specialist Senior Psychologist - Tower Hamlets BME Access Service
  • Guest Lecturer - University of East London
  • Senior Psychologist - Hackney Early Intervention in Psychosis Service
  • Senior Psychologist - Inpatient and Acute MH services across London


  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of East London - 2014
  • Open Dialogue (Systemic Psychotherapy) Teacher Training Programme – University of Jyvaskyla - Helsinki – 2 years Masters level – 2019
  • Certificate in Relationship Counselling – Marriage Care – February 2016 - 2 years
  • Foundation Diploma in Peer Supported Open Dialogue – NELFT NHS – December 2015 - 1 year
  • Peer Group facilitation training – Hearing Voices and Paranoia and Unusual Beliefs Network – 2014
  • Introduction to Healthcare Chaplaincy – St Michaels College – 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) - Middlesex University - 2002

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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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.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Any areas of family life which you feel would be beneficial to get some help with


From £80.00 to £120.00

Additional information

I offer therapy to adult families (all members in the session would need to be 16 years and over)

I offer clinical supervision to groups and individuals

Family and group work is usually a minimum of  1.5hrs in length.

Fee's range from £80-£120 depending on service and length of session.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

These are the main time slots available occasionally I may have some other availability

Further information

I work online using zoom or can work face to face in South East Essex

contact me.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Experienced Clinical Supervisor - for groups and teams as well as individuals. Integrative approach using the Open Dialogue model as a frame.

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Dr Sara Betteridge

Dr Sara Betteridge