Sarah Avern

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BSc (Hons) MBACP Registered
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Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 5RW
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Have you ever been told that it's good to talk and that "a problem-shared is a problem halved" and yet you find yourself holding back on opening up about your problems or emotions with friends or family for fear of being judged, rejected or burdening others with your problems?

This is one of the main reasons that I myself turned to counselling in the past, and was also one of the main factors damaging my overall mental health and wellbeing.

My name is Sarah and I am a fully qualified and DBS checked Person-Centred Psychotherapist with experience working with adults and teens both within the education system and also within a Respect-accredited private agency setting.

I work with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; relationship issues; lack of self-confidence; self-harm; school refusal; stress; loss and bereavement; and surviving abusive relationships.

My previous background is within the legal profession and so I also have experience of working with clients suffering from work-related stress and anxiety. It is due to my own experiences of therapy and the transformative changes that occurred in my life as a result, that led me to retrain as a Psychotherapist to offer the same support to others.

  • How can Counselling help?

As a person-centered therapist, I very much believe that, given the right supportive and non-judgemental environment, we can work together to process past experiences, any traumas or relational issues and develop not only greater self-awareness, but also improved self-acceptance and compassion. 

Therapy can seem daunting and so taking that first step of making contact with a therapist is a huge step forward in prioritising your mental health and well-being.

  • What to expect at our first session together?

Our first session will typically last between 50 - 60 minutes and will involve getting to know more about what it is that you would like to achieve through our work together and also finding out what is happening for you right now.

It will also give you the chance to decide whether I am the right therapist for you as the relationship is key to therapy being most effective. 

  • How to make initial contact

Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free initial discussion (either by telephone or on Zoom) so that I can answer any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications/training (most recent first)

  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (1st Class)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Complex PTSD & Dissociation: CBT Clinical Skills training
  • FdSc Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Levels 4 & 5) - specialising in Person-Centred Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Clinical experience

  • I have spent the past 3 years working with children and young adults in a secondary school setting and also in a Respect accredited Domestic Abuse counselling agency.
  • I have also worked with adult survivors of domestic abuse and I have completed additional training in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (level 1) for working with children and their families.

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Concessions for student counsellors will be offered. Please feel free to contact me further to discuss.

The Traditional Acupuncture Centre, 19 Binswood Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 5RW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

We have wheelchair-user-accessible toilet facilities.

Online platforms

Google Meet