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About me

Hello and thank you for looking at my profile. I'm Sara, a qualified, registered counsellor (BACP) and trauma therapist, offering in-person, Zoom or telephone counselling and therapy in York. I have over 25 years experience of working with people who are experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and panic, phobias, eating disorders and psychosis. Sometimes it is clear that these problems have been caused by past trauma or abuse, other times it may feel unclear where they have come from and you may need the space to explore this. I offer a free 20 minute consultation in which we can talk about the issues you are facing and work together to find the approach that will help you. My aim is to help you achieve  your potential by working together on the issues that are preventing you from doing so. 

I offer you a safe space to discuss how you want to work, to discuss your thoughts and feelings and to explore the issues that are holding you down. I am interested in creative ways of working and working with the body-mind connection; evidence shows that the body holds memories, which may show up years later as anxiety, phobias, depression or chronic pain.

I offer two therapeutic approaches, depending on your preferred way of working:

Humanistic Counselling allows us to explore your thoughts and feelings, to learn about the patterns in your life and to look for ways of healing these so that you can live a more congruent and fulfilled life. In this approach, my role is to work with you to consider how the past and the present may be linked; we will work as a team and I will follow your pace to ensure that you feel safe and respected at all times. I may draw on other approaches if I feel it would help you, such as CBT or creative work, if you feel happy with this.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a very structured approach to treating past trauma and PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares).  Abuse, road traffic accidents, bullying or assault change the way our brains respond to current situations, and we may find ourselves reliving the past over and over again. In terms of treating trauma, EMDR is the fastest, most efficient way of dealing with the past and helping you to move forward and live a life with reduced symptoms. Anxiety, depression, chronic pain and phobias can also be treated with EMDR.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP registered Counsellor and EMDR Therapist with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and post-qualifying certificates in CBT,  Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR - the most effective and efficient treatment for trauma) and Motivational Interviewing.  I previously worked in statutory mental health services for 20 years, before teaching mental health for 9 years. I now work at The University of York providing counselling and EMDR to students of the university. 

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute consultation, in-person, by telephone or over Zoom, whichever you prefer. To arrange this please email me and I will contact you within 24 hours. If you prefer to leave a voicemail, please leave your name and contact number. 

Following our free consultation, appointments thereafter are £45 per 50 minutes for counselling. EMDR is £60 per 60 minute session (EMDR sessions can occasionally be longer than this).

I can offer you an appointment in person, by telephone or by Zoom. Appointments may be cancelled free of charge at least 24 hours before they are scheduled; any appointments cancelled within 24 hours are subject to a £20 administration charge.

When I work

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Generally I offer weekly or fortnightly appointments on the same day/time but if you need to be more flexible I will try to be flexible to accommodate you in terms of the times we can meet. 

Regus, Tower Court Business Centre, Oakdale Road, York, YO30 4XL

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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