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Sara Thorne MNCS Prof Accred.

Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS15 8DB
07756 142981 07756 142981 Registered / Accredited

About me

I'm a warm and friendly counsellor with a relational approach to my work. I believe that if we can build the kind of relationship where you feel safe, respected and truly valued as a human being, then this will create a strong framework within which you can explore whatever is feeling difficult. My style is relaxed and conversational because I understand how difficult it can be to open up to someone you've only just met.

I am interested in who you are, and believe that you already hold the answers that you need inside of you, and counselling can be a way for you to rediscover what is already there. Seeking help can be a turning point, as it’s a way of acknowledging that you matter, and that you're willing to explore the possibility that life can be better than it is now.

Face to Face, Video, Telephone or Email Sessions

I offer both face to face sessions where you come to see me in person, video sessions or counselling by email for people who prefer to access a slower paced approach from the comfort of home. You can find all the details of how this works by following the link to my website at the top of the page.

Ask A Counsellor

If you're not sure about whether you want to sign up for a course of therapy, then you have the option of sending a question about something that's troubling you and receiving a thoughtful and professional response, by email. All details on my website above.

Coronavirus Update

At present I am only able to offer video, telephone or email sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a BACP accredited course, and I'm a registered, professionally accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I've previously worked in the NHS, both as a midwife, and in public health as a stop smoking specialist advisor; I've also been a holistic therapist.

I've had several years experience of working for a charity offering counselling to adult survivors of sexual abuse.

I’ve lived in America and the UK where I've supported families through the birth process and early child raising. I've also overcome many personal life challenges which I feel help me understand and connect with lots of different people and situations. I'm the mother of a large, grown up family, and currently live in Bristol.

My Approach

Although I'm trained as an integrative therapist - which means that I will choose different ways of working depending on what's right for you; I like to call myself a relational therapist because I believe that, firstly, it's the warm and trusting relationship we develop that helps bring about positive change.

I work with whatever is meaningful for you, which might include your spiritual or personal beliefs, creative writing, dream work and imagery. I also feel that humour and the ability to sometimes laugh with one another can be helpful!

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

As a former midwife. I have an interest in working with women and sometimes partners who have been traumatised by the birth process. Birth trauma is not uncommon, but sadly new parents often find it difficult to talk about as there's a false expectation that having a new baby should bring nothing but joy. Exhaustion, and upsetting memories about the birth can lead to postnatal depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I offer you an experienced and gentle approach to help you explore and resolve what is troubling you.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


  • £50 per 60 minute session

  • £45 per 50 minute video or phone session

  • £38 per week for email counselling

  • £10 for an introductory session which allows us to meet and have an opportunity to see whether working together feels right. For online sessions I suggest an initial, short chat by phone for which there is no charge.

Further information

You can find full details on my website sarathorne.com also listed at the top of the page. I am very happy for you to contact me with any further questions, or for an informal chat about what you feel you need.

Kinergy - Mary Carpenter House
Britannia Road
BS15 8DB

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

I usually work in an upstairs room, but may be able to negotiate a ground floor room if you're unable to access stairs.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Sara Thorne MNCS Prof Accred.

Sara Thorne MNCS Prof Accred.