Dr Sara Trayman CPsychol - Counselling Psychologist
I am an experienced and qualified Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I currently work in a charity, private hospital and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults. I offer individual talking therapy for a range of psychological and emotional concerns for adults and teenagers as well as play therapy for children. I also offer supervision and personal therapy for trainee therapists and parenting consultancy for parents who are struggling.
I have specialised experience in working with children and adolescents and parents, adults with mild to moderate emotional difficulties and with adults with cancer themselves or someone they love.
I also have experience working with private clients in open-ended therapy during which my client and I decide how long we will work together. We regularly review our sessions to continually consider what is helpful and how best to work together to achieve the goals of therapy that the client wants.
What to Expect during Counselling
Our first session together would be an assessment session and is an opportunity for you to find out if you feel at ease and comfortable so that we may work together. I will explore a little about your life story and what has brought you to therapy.
It is vital in therapy that we are both clear about what you hope to gain from the sessions and I will help you to work out what this is. This way we can begin to work together to either help you to change those things which you would like to or perhaps to accept and make sense of those things you cannot change.
What is parenting consultancy?
Parenting consultancy is not therapy for you or your child. However, it is a place to think about relationships between you and your co-parents, and you and your child. Together with a therapist who has a background in working with parents and children you might consider some of the following things to help you to figure out the way forward:
- Your own experience of being parented
- Yourself as a child
- Experience/expectations/hopes of being parents
- The journey so far and how it has shaped you
- What you would like life to be as parents and as a family
- What you want your child to be-your best hopes for them and their future
- How do you set yourselves up to be the parents you want to be
Consultancy comes from the perspective that the child’s behaviours or difficulties are a communication from them that something is not working well in the family. Children (especially young children and babies) are often unable to articulate in words what it is that they are feeling. Parent consultancy is a space to have a foot in your child’s world and try to understand what they might be struggling with in a non-blaming way.
You’ll need to feel heard and understood and to be able to figure out what is working well and what your struggles are. Just having the space to talk things through outside of the chaos of family life can provide a peaceful reflection on what can often feel overwhelming and infuriating.
Working with young children and adolescents-Where do we start?
The first place I will start is by carrying out an assessment. I will often firstly meet with the parents/carer alone or other family members may also be asked to be part of the process. Or if it is an adolescent who is struggling it may be that I will take some time to meet with them individually as part of the assessment. This will allow your family and I to work together to identify whether individual therapy for the child is the most appropriate approach to addressing the concerns which have brought you to see me. It may be that a more suitable approach is for family therapy, individual therapy for another family member or some parenting support for the parents. I may begin some work individually with the child/young person if we agree that they would benefit from therapy due to difficulties that they have with something that has happened to them or which they are struggling to overcome.
Therapy offers children and adolescents a space for themselves without agenda. There are only a few rules for them in this space which include confidentiality (always limited by the exclusion of any information shared which places the child or another person in immediate danger) and that it is something that they can chose to opt out of at any time. The sessions offer them a place to make sense of things whether directly through talking about them or through play. Working through their story and experiences allows children and young people the opportunity to discover themselves and their strengths and resources.
The way I work directly with children and adolescents varies and can include play therapy and counselling. With adolescents I will often engage in a range of techniques to engage them as clients. Often older adolescents benefit from a talking therapy in which they can work through their difficulties verbally. It is important for them to work with a therapist with experience of working with adolescents as they require a different understanding than adult clients as their situations and experiences can be very different and they may feel very misunderstood by others around them. They will need someone who can stick by them and understand the confusion and powerful feelings that they are experiencing.
With younger children I will often work in a somewhat indirect way through play therapy. Through the use of play and stories children are able to work through their past hurts and worries as well as discover ways forward and resolutions through their own inner resources. This indirect approach can be important for young children as they are often not able to put into words their feelings and experiences in the way an adolescent or adult may do.
If you are considering therapy for a child you know it is vital to find a therapist who you feel can meet the needs of your child. Make sure you feel comfortable with your therapist and that they have the appropriate experience and expertise to offer what you need. When you find the therapist you think might be able to help ask them about anything further you are unsure of and do not be afraid to see more than one person until you find the right therapist for your family.
Other Services I offer
I can offer training and consultation for various professionals including education, social care, health care and child care settings amongst others.I can put together a flexible package of support to meet the needs of your team. My fee will usually start at £90.00 per hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
Clinical Training and Qualifications in Counselling Psychology
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)
- Health Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
- Professional Doctorate Counselling Psychology - School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Regent's College (SPCPRC) London (UK)
- MSc Counselling Psychology - University of East London (UK)
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Psychology. I abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Standards of the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Experiences of being in foster care
Family members with cancer
Managing your own cancer
Supporting children with cancer issues
Difficulties forming relationships
Play Therapy with Children
Talking Therapy with teenagers
Difficulties bonding with your child
I provide face to face Counselling in South Woodford, London:
£80.00 - 50 minutes if self-funding sessions
£120.00 - 50 minutes if private healthcare funded sessions (due to additional administrative tasks)
£100.00 - 50 minutes if self-funding sessions
£120.00 - 50 minutes if private healthcare funded sessions (due to additional administrative tasks)
I provide Telephone Counselling:
Fee: Individuals £ 80.00- Approximate length of one Telephone appointment: 50 minutes
Reduced Fees are offered for trainee counselling psychologists/counsellors seeking out personal therapy as part of their course requirements or supervision. Please contact me for details.
I am also a registered provider for the following private healthcare companies:-
WPA- Provider Number- 920500712
AXA PPP-Provider Number-ST02166
Please contact them first to find out about your level of cover and how to go about obtaining funding for therapy.
- How uncertainty can make us anxious
- How to set ourselves free from our own minds
- Does my child ‘attention-seeking’ mean something is wrong?
- Why we must talk to each other
- The myths of therapy
- 'Everything happens for a reason' - coming unstuck
- Being kind to yourself: Why you should become your own best friend
- Are our identities shaped by social networking?
- Anxiety - how your body sends you messages
Sometimes people feel uncertain about whether therapy can be helpful for them and it can be very scary to reveal intimate feelings and details about your life to someone you do not know. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and I would urge you to try more than one therapist until you find someone with whom you feel comfortable. It is important that you feel able to trust your therapist and that they understand you and what you want to work on in the sessions.
Please check out my website to see further questions you may have answered please see: http://counsellingpsychology.me.uk/frequently-asked-questions/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday daytimes and some evenings (final appointments at 6pm).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
My Theoretical and Supervisory Approach.View supervision profile