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Dr. Sara Riley MBBS Dip. Psych Marital and Couple Therapy MBACP.

About me

Why might I want relationship counselling?
Relationships today come in many forms. Anyone may benefit from thinking about their relationship and how it may be improved. Counselling therefore may be helpful to married couples and co-habiting partners, single sex partnerships and individuals. Separating and divorcing couples may benefit from an opportunity to explore some of the difficult and complex feelings that arise at this time. This may help the couple maintain communication and renegotiate a different relationship which is particularly important when there are children of any age involved.
Is it for me?
Most of us want to be in an intimate, supportive and satisfying relationship. Counselling is often sought at times of crisis and despair but may be helpful at any point in a relationship where adjustments have to take place. Taking some time to think about your relationship either alone or with your partner is a step that may lead to a happier and more positive solution to common difficulties.
How does it work?
A counsellor or therapist who has been specifically trained in couple work aims to help the individual or couple understand how and where the difficulties have developed. These reasons may relate to experiences in your past. Through the process of thinking and understanding more about these experiences there is often an improvement in communication and empathy resulting in a more satisfying relationship.

As an experienced general practitioner and relationship therapist I am very aware that relationships form an integral part of our lives.
It is where we learn about others as well as about ourselves and a satisfying intimate relationship is beneficial for our physical, mental and emotional well-being. I work with  couples (same sex and heterosexual couples) and individuals who are experiencing relationship difficulties. This may be as the result of longstanding past problems or recent changes in circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dr. Sara Riley is relationship psychodynamic psychotherapist and a practising NHS GP with 15 years experience. She is also a ADR qualified Family Mediator and works as a consultant supporting couples in conflict to family lawyers Turner Nicholson Solicitors London.

She trained at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and at the Tavistock Institute in London.

She is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and is bound by the Association's code of ethics and is held accountable via their complaints procedures.

Her private practice is Exeter South Devon for face to face meetings. Online relationship therapy is also available.
Professional Bodies
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am experienced in all aspects of relationship difficulties and offer both long term and time limited work.

Breakdown in trust
Extra-marital affairs
Pre-marital counselling
Sexual problems
Divorce and separation
Poor communication
Domestic Abuse

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy


Initial appointment and regular sessions for individuals and couples 50 minutes

Central Exeter face to face £80

Online Skype £80

A 15 minute telephone consultation is available free of charge to discuss any initial concerns and address specific queries.

Further information

I am available to take calls and answer e-mails throughout the day. If you would like to discuss your particular concern I am happy to provide a 15 minute phone consultation before we decide whether it is appropriate to meet to talk in more detail.
Early morning and evening and daytime appointments are available from Monday-Friday

If you require further information  please visit www.coupletherapy.org.uk or I may be contacted via e-mail talk@coupletherapy.org.uk or phone 07703298784

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


0800-2000 Monday to Thursday 0800-1700 Friday

Types of client

Older adults


Dr. Sara Riley MBBS  Dip. Psych Marital and Couple Therapy MBACP.

Dr. Sara Riley MBBS Dip. Psych Marital and Couple Therapy MBACP.