Sara Wainstein, M. Inst. G.A., UKCP

Sara Wainstein, M. Inst. G.A., UKCP

20 McCrone Mews
Belsize Lane

07956 190918

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About me

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 safe 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.

Getting started:
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 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

Member of:

  • UKCP - UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • IGA - Institute of Group Analysis
  • GASi - Group Analytic Society
  • Clinical Management Committee - IGA
  • BUPA, WPA, Aviva, VitalityHealth, HTH Worldwide & GeoBlue accredited


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in personal and professional life circumstances
  • Depression
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Identity
  • Links between the body & mind (including somatic illness)
  • Parenthood
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work related issues


Fees are negotiable dependent on the individual's personal circumstances.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

London, NW3 5BG

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Weekdays and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults