Sara Sanders

Sara Sanders


07789 615891 / 07393424023

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About me

I am a qualified mental health nurse and a UKCP registered psychotherapist. I have worked within mental health services for over 24 years and have specialised in providing psychotherapy for individuals with complex emotional needs for the last 14 years. I am the Managing Director of Sapiens ( and also work in the NHS as clinical specialist and clinical lead for the high intensity tier of the personality disorder service in Oxfordshire.

I work with all levels of emotional distress and trauma and offer individual, couple and group therapy as well as online therapy. Please see the Sapiens website for more information.

I spent over a decade working in acute psychiatry and eating disorders prior to specialising in psychotherapy and I am a trainer and consultant for mental health professionals.

I am the co-founder of the leading specialist carers service for those with loved ones enduring complex emotional needs and/or a diagnosis of personality disorder. This has involved the design and delivery of education and support for parents, partners, siblings, children, and others thrust into a support role.

I work with a relational model of psychotherapy and have an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. This model is integrative and humanistic in its origins and is concerned with relating to my clients on an authentic, human level. I offer a range of therapy and self-growth options.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Certified Transactional Analyst (P)
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

EMDR psychotherapy
BA (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
Registered Mental Nurse
Additional training in CBT, Group Analysis, Personality Disorders, Coaching

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity disturbance
Mood disorder

Complex PTSD

Complex trauma

Compound trauma

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Please refer to the Sapiens website, for details of fees and options available or contact me

my dual training in psychiatry and psychotherapy and extensive experience and specialisation in working with complex relational issues and trauma contributes to a slightly higher than average fee in South Oxfordshire.

There is no charge for the initial consultation.

Further information

I also offer confidential online therapy via VSee

Maps & Directions

Abingdon, OX13

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am able to offer some evening and weekend sessions as well as working hours during the week.

Types of client

Young people
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