Sara Sanders

Sara Sanders


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About me

What does it mean to be human? Why do I not fit in with other humans? What makes me tick?Who am I? What is my purpose? How do we understand each other?

These are all common questions my clients often voice...

As humans we are dependent on satisfying relationships with others for our emotional well-being. Sometimes this has broken down, or never existed, leaving the person feeling emotionally damaged with a feeling of confusion or uncertainty about who they are and how to 'be' with other humans.

I am dedicated to working with people experiencing psychological disturbance and relational pain to gain a deeper understanding of how they relate to themselves, others, and the world around them.

My central ethos is one of empowerment of individuals and groups to move away from destructive, distressing ways of thinking, relating and behaving, and move towards development of core psychological strength, self-knowledge and growth.

I am enthusiastic in working with adults and young adults suffering with complex emotional needs and relational difficulties as well as providing support and education for family and training and supervision for professionals.

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a qualified mental health nurse and I have worked within mental health services for over 26 years and have specialised in providing psychotherapy for individuals with complex emotional needs for the last 18 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 on

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, OX14

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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