Sara Whammond BABCP accredited CBT therapist and associates Adults & Children
Hello and thanks for checking out my profile. People tend to come to therapy when they are feeling distressed or struggling in some way. Hopefully I can help. Firstly here is a little bit about me and my experience.
I trained at Oxford University to qualify and practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I am also a Registered Mental health Nurse (RMN). I am registered with the NMC and accredited by the BABCP. As well as working in private practice I also work part time for the NHS for Specialist Psychological Services.
I have worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years which has helped me amass a great deal of experience and knowledge. We all have mental health and it is important to our well being that we tend to it when we need to. I have had lots of positive feedback from my clients. In fact people often come through word of mouth and this is really great.
What's troubling you?
You may be feeling low in mood or struggling with motivation and energy. Perhaps you are a worrier and this is causing you distress. Are you having trouble with social situations and this is interfering with your life? Perhaps you are experiencing panic attacks and would like not to. Maybe you are obsessing over things or are checking things until they feel 'right' and this is causing you anxiety. Are you worrying about your health, do you think you have a serious illness despite medical evidence to the contrary?
Have you suffered from a trauma? Perhaps a one off incident of maybe you have experienced difficulties from your childhood experiences.Are you having problems within your relationships and would like to work through these?
These are a few examples of what motivates people to think about therapy. Sometimes people don't know what is wrong but know they feel 'bad' and it is affecting their lives.
If this is you then CBT is a good place to start
CBT is a short term therapy which has a really good evidence base for working with a range of psychological disorders. People usually book in for an initial assessment which involves talking about difficulties and identifying goals for treatment. Most people are nervous coming to the first appointment but I am really good and helping people to feel relaxed. It helps that our my clinic is really welcoming and relaxing. In fact it is so pleasant people often think I live there!
Following this is we decide CBT is indicated we usually meet on a weekly basis. I understand that people situations are different so I will do my best to accommodate. I offer day time and evening appointments.
More about CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way.CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy. The findings from the research repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of CBT in a wide and growing number of conditions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as first line treatment in the following conditions: Depression, generalised anxiety disorders (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Research has also shown that people treated with CBT remain well for longer.
Why go for a BABCP accredited therapist?
There is no minimum standards of training needed to offer CBT as unlike the terms nurse or doctor it is not a protected term.
If you choose an accredited CBT therapist you can be rest assured that they have completed an extensive training in CBT. Also the therapist will adhere to the code of conduct set be the BABCP and will make sure they keep up with development in the field and receive regular clinical supervision.
Insurance companies and employee assistance will usually only use accredited therapist.
For further information look here about CBT and accredited therapist please look here:
As business is booming I have taken on some carefully selected associates. These are kind, fully qualified and caring therapist who are as committed to providing as excellent a service as I am. We are now taking consultations for children and family issues. Please contact me for further details.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Registered mental nurse 1989 NMC 85I325IE
PG Diploma in CBT OCTC / Oxford University 2011
Full accreditation with BABCP 120646
I have also completed further training in
Masterclass for Depression
CBT for childhood trauma
Anxiety: Clinical updates and Masterclass
Coping with Adversity
CBT for Long Term Medical Conditions
CBT for Insomnia
CBT for Trauma
CBT for Psychosis
CBT for delusions and hallucinations
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If you have any other issue that you would like to discuss a CBT approach please contact me.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements without any obligation.
I am registered with most health insurers and I am also able to provide treatment as part of employee assistance programmes. I have provided extensive CBT for medico legal cases of road traffic accidents.
Fees are £100 per session.
Couples dependant on requirements
I have been informed that sometimes my reply to client enquiries end up in the spam folder. Please be aware that your messages are very important to me and I always reply promptly to enquiries. It may be useful to call or text me and I am happy to call you back at your convenience or check your spam! Thanks, Sara
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am usually available for both daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|