Sarah Aldridge

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London, N2
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About me

Hello, I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a practice in East Finchley, N2- and also remotely. I work with people experiencing a range of difficult issues. We can work together to explore your difficulties - to help us understand what is going on for you at present and how it might link to your early life.

I offer a space to be understood and explore aspects of yourself with a view to gaining insights and understanding, and focus on being less stuck by bringing about internal change.  People come when they are struggling with anxiety, bereavement, relationship and family issues, abuse, depression and self-esteem. It can be helpful to you if you are struggling with stress at work, or difficulties getting on with family members.

My experience is gained from NHS services, the voluntary sector and working in specialist services for health anxiety and cancer. I also offer Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and am trained in Couple Therapy for Depression. I have started training in EMDR and can offer a reduced fee for sessions. I am BPC and BACP accredited.

I offer brief and open ended work, this is something we can think about in the assessment. You can get in touch or arrange a meeting to see if this will be helpful for you at this time.

Currently, I am working face-to-face with video/telephone sessions also available.

How can therapy help?

Talking to a therapist in a safe, confidential space can allow problems to be thought about differently and begin to be resolved.

If you are struggling with something specific such as anxiety or relationship problems, or just feeling stuck or that things are overwhelming, it can be beneficial to have a therapist to explore and consider issues together. Some of the areas I work with include:

  • divorce and separation
  • family and relationships issues
  • trauma
  • low self-esteem
  • work and career problems
  • anxiety and depression
  • bereavement and loss
  • abuse - physical and sexual
  • ageing and midlife issues
  • health issues, cancer and diabetes

What should I expect in my first session?

Therapy provides an opportunity for you to express thoughts and feelings about your difficulties in a confidential, consistent and safe place, and to think together about these issues. The first meeting is an assessment so that we can both think about if therapy is what you are looking for at this time, and to think about if we want to work together.

I offer both fixed term and open-ended therapy, we can discuss which option will suit you best when we first meet. Sessions following on from this, last for 50 minutes, and I have availability in the day and evening.

About my approach:

Psychodynamic therapy aims to work on quite deeply held or less conscious patterns and thoughts. We work together to make them more conscious and so there is more understanding of why things keep happening or patterns are repeated. This does allow an opportunity to think about difficulties that might have been around for a long time but still have an impact today. That said, these are your sessions to bring what you want to talk about and there is no pre-set agenda.

I also offer Couple Therapy and DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) - a sixteen session model. EMDR sessions (in training)

If you would like more information or to arrange a meeting, please contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in private practice for 13 years and work as an NHS Psychotherapist. Previously I worked as a therapist for the Tavistock Centre, a cancer charity and for Raphael Jewish Counselling. I am qualified in Psychodynamic Therapy and am an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Practitioner and trained in Couple Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relationships). I have a supervision diploma from Society of Analytical Psychology. I am currently training in EMDR.

I am a registered member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council and an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling I follow both their ethical codes in relation to clinical practice and supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

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BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

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Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council
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British Psychoanalytic Council

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Couple therapy
  • Midlife and menopause
  • Health issues including diabetes, cancer and chronic pain
  • Holocaust and trauma 

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£80.00 - £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • WPA
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • BUPA

Additional information

Individual is £90 per session, £110 for couple therapy. I offer a few reduced fee places in certain circumstances. The fee for DIT is £100 per session. I am currently training in EMDR and can provide sessions for reduced fee - starting from £60. 

When I work

Before and after work, and daytime appointments available.

Further information

East Finchley, N2: The practice is easily accessible in East Finchley with free parking (on and off road). There is a tube station 8 minutes walk away and many bus routes. Clients travel from all areas of north London including Barnet, Edgware, Archway, Wood Green, and further afield.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Ground floor, accessible with small ramp. To be discussed

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