Sara Mathews

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BA (Honours) Counselling BACP Senior Accredited
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Durham, DH1
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

My name is Sara and I am a very experienced Counsellor/Therapist. I work with  Anxiety, Depression, Relationship difficulties, Loss,  Change and Bereavement. I have worked with many clients who are seeking to overcome the effects of either childhood abuse or abusive and controlling adult relationships.   I work online from my practise in Durham. I'm the person you want to work with when you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. I have learned that there are always things we can do to help ourselves cope better. It starts with us building a relationship where you feel safe to talk. 

Human beings are extraordinary and together we can work to help you find a way to live more comfortably with yourself. I got some nice feedback recently that might help you to decide if you want to get in touch with me...

"Sara puts you at ease straight away and has helped me understand and reflect on a lot of issues I’ve been experiencing.   I would 100% recommend Sara, she’s helped me so much, it is genuinely one of the best thing I’ve ever done" 

The theoretical bit

My initial training was primarily person centred. I still prioritise a relational approach and believe that the relationship between us can serve as a vehicle for exploration, healing and change. Nowadays I work relationally in combination with more psychodynamic approaches and an interest in Transactional Analysis. I can talk more about all or any of this when we meet if you need to understand more before making your choice of therapist. 

Your first contact with me:

We can meet - free of charge and online for a 30 minute get to know each other session before you decide if you want to go ahead. It's important that you feel comfortable with me. 

Your first session:

Some things in life can't be changed. Things that have already happened to you. People you have lost. but what can change is you. We can talk through how you're feeling and what you want from your therapy. Sometimes it's a question of wanting to feel less overwhelmed  and that's a good place to start. Most clients have weekly sessions at least to begin with. Fortnightly sessions can be a more affordable option , we can talk that over when we meet. 

Whatever the reason for coming to counselling we can spend time getting to know each other and figuring out what might be different and better and for you. Counselling isn't a magic bullet but I know from personal as well as professional experience that it really can make a difference.  It did for me...

Training, qualifications & experience

In the last 16 years I have completed over 12,000 hours of Counselling, working with hundreds of clients.  I have managed Bereavement services in hospices and now work in private practise using those years of experience to help people struggling to come to terms with the pain and turmoil of bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties and abuse of any kind.

I am a Senior Accredited member of the BACP.  I have a BA (honours) in Counselling and am a qualified clinical supervisor.  I have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling from Counselling Tutor; an honours degree in Creative Arts and a post graduate Certificate in Education. I have a Certificate in Clinical and Creative Supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

My fees are £60 per hour. I can accept you on to a waiting list if I am full. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I often work evenings and sometimes have a bit more availability then so do please get in touch. I also offer a waiting list.

Further information

You can learn more about me and my practise, read my blogs and contact me from my website:

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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An experienced and qualified supervisor Senior Accredited with BACP Passionate about good supervision. Waiting list available so please email me

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