Sarah Barnes BA(Hons) MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Sarah Barnes BA(Hons) MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Duffield Road
Darley Abbey
DE22 1ER


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About me

Sometimes in life it's difficult to cope perhaps due to a sudden change or crisis, or because of longer term issues and talking with friends or family may not be helping.  Everyone is unique and therapy is a personal process.  By entering into a therapeutic relationship together, you may better understand your thoughts and feelings, begin to recognise repeated patterns of behaviour in a safe and confidential space.

I work from a Person-Centred perspective which essentially means that I believe in the individual’s ability to grow and develop in the way that is best for them. I place great importance and emphasis on the relationship between the Client and the Counsellor. I believe that if a Client experiences warmth, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude within an honest, trusting and secure environment, then the facilitation that results from this can be pivotal in effecting personal growth, personal change, personal healing.

I have experience in such issues as:  depression, bereavement, grief and loss, domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, anger, stress, low self-esteem and low self-confidence, post traumatic stress, disordered eating, anxiety, shame, relationship issues, self-harm

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a fully qualified counsellor with a BA(Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice from the University of Nottingham with further professional development in: Disordered eating: Suicide and Self harm; Gestalt Theory and Practice; Working with Anxiety; Working with Anger.

I've worked in a well-established and respected voluntary counselling organisation for 6 years engaged in therapeutic relationships with a diverse and complex adult client base. I currently work in private practice and have done so for 6 years.

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Individual Counselling:

Initial consultation: £35 (60 minute session)
Individual counselling: £40 (50 minute session)                                                          Block booking of 6 x 50 minute sessions: £225 (paid in advance)

Couples Counselling:

Initial consultation: £40 (60 minute session)
Couples counselling:  £50 (60 minute session)
Block booking of 6 x 50 minute sessions:  £275 (paid in advance)

I offer a couple of concessionary places at £35 per 50 minute session for student therapist who are required to engage in personal counselling as part of their training and are able to attend between 9am to 4pm

All fees settled at the start of each session.
Cancellations: I ask for payment of the full fee for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice.

Further information

My private practice is based in Darley Abbey, a mile from Derby and within walking distance of the University of Derby.
I provide appointments Monday to Thursday from 8am. The last session of the day starts at 7.45pm.

There is parking available on site and the location is served by major bus routes.
There are no toilet facilities.
My therapy room is based on the ground floor and is easily accessible.

Maps & Directions

Derby, DE22 1ER

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I provide appointments Monday to Thursday from 8am. The last session of the day starts at 7.45pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults