Sara Wainstein, M. Inst. G.A., UKCP
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and group analyst and have worked with people of different ages and backgrounds with wide-ranging issues since 1998.
Experience shows me that talking through past events can bring about meaningful changes and increased self-esteem. The self-awareness brought about by therapy can lead to the capacity for better relationships both personally and professionally.
I offer a containing and non-judgmental space to talk through your thoughts and feelings. I always keep the relationship in mind, focusing on what happens between people. This takes into account the social and cultural experiences that my patients bring.
I am interested in exploring with my patients how they can transform unhelpful patterns and reach their full potential.
I offer an initial confidential consultation where we think together about the way forward. I offer individual or group psychotherapy, including long-term in-depth work or shorter more focused work.
The best way to get started is to email or call me and we can make an appointment to consider your needs.
My consulting rooms are in Belsize Village, NW3 5BG, within walking distance from Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road tubes and Finchley Road & Frognal and Hampstead Heath overland.
I abide by the UKCP code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Group Analyst
MSc Group Analysis, Birkbeck College
Institute of Group Analysis
- Drama & Movement Therapist
PG Dip Drama and Movement Therapy, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
I have been seeing patients since 1998. As well as my private practice in NW3, I work in the Trauma Unit at the Tavistock Clinic. I have extensive experience working in the NHS in adult psychotherapy and with vulnerable mothers and babies.
I have been involved in research at the Royal Free Hospital with psoriasis patients in exploring the relationship between body and mind.
For many years I was an integral member of the staff team on the:
- MA Drama and Movement Therapy
Royal School of Central Speech & Drama
- MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development (Jungian Stream)
British Psychotherapy Foundation
- UKCP - UK Council for Psychotherapy
- IGA - Institute of Group Analysis
- GASi - Group Analytic Society
- Clinical Management Committee - IGA
- BUPA, AXA, WPA, Aviva, VitalityHealth, HTH Worldwide & GeoBlue accredited
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Changes in personal and professional life circumstances
- Gender & sexuality
- Links between the body & mind (including somatic illness)
- Relationship difficulties
- Work related issues
Fees are negotiable dependent on the individual's personal circumstances.
It is not unusual for people to feel depressed and anxious at some stage in their lives. Sometimes this can be related to a particular life event, other times it can seem to come from nowhere. These periods can feel never-ending and intense and often result in feeling helpless and alone.
Psychotherapy provides a confidential place to talk about your thoughts and feelings. This can lead to an understanding of why you may be repeating destructive patterns or experiencing difficulty in relationships with family, friends and at work.
Psychotherapy offers a supportive space. It can be challenging and at times painful work which leads to a new self-awareness, resulting in making positive changes in your life.