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Sarah Bashford UKCP Psychotherapist,Ind,cpls & specialist in Eating Disorders.

About me

UKCP psychotherapist with over 30 years experience, offering both brief and long term work for individuals and couples. I have recently trained in Brainspotting which is a treatment specifically aimed at trauma. For further information please visit the website BSP.uk.

I aim to bring a warm, empathic but clear thinking approach to the work thereby helping you to gain deeper insights and resolve difficult situations relating to both present and past events. Talking to a trained psychotherapist in a safe, confidential setting is a way of understanding your life and through this starting to take responsibility for making different choices. Difficulties I frequently deal with include anxiety, stress and panic attacks, depression including generalised anxiety disorder, post natal depression and bereavement. This can include a programme of learning mindfulness relaxation techniques if this is an appropriate treatment. I work with couples to help make a more meaningful relationship, looking at issues and feelings that may be holding them back. I also work with controlled separation and divorce and the impact this can have on the children.

My core training has been in Psychodynamic psychotherapy however my work draws on the strengths of many disciplines including Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution Focused and Trauma/Critical Incident therapy.  This enables me to bring an integrative approach to suit the individual needs. Most of my training was completed with Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF). I am a licensed Practitioner in Understanding Your Eating, for people struggling to overcome disordered eating. This programme can be delivered individually or as a group.I have also undertaken the National Centre for Eating Disorders Master Practitioners training.

Additionally I have many years of experience working for Social Services, as a counsellor trainer and as a Case Manager/Telephone counsellor for a busy Employee Assistance Programme.

My current work is divided between my private practice established in 1998 and working as a Health and Wellbeing Therapist for BUPA, CIGNA as well as a variety of Employee Assistance Programmes including Critical Incident Response. I also work at a local Hospital offering therapy to both Inpatients and Outpatients for couples, individuals and relatives, including end of life therapy.

I am a trained supervisor and am able to offer supervision on a regular basis to practitioners who are trainees or qualified counsellors/psychotherapists.

Training, qualifications & experience

Member UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) Membership no.07159374

Member FPC (Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Westminster Pastoral Foundation Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Post Graduate Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Post Graduate Certificate in working with Eating Disorders

Licensed Practitioner- www.understandingyoureating.co.uk

Mindfulness Training

Critical incident training

Diploma in Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy


Additional information

Fees be negotiated at first session.

Individual sessions last for 50 mins. Couples sessions last for 1 hour.

Sessions take place on a regular day and time once or twice a week.

Evening and Saturday appointments available.


Availability Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday daytime and evening except Friday evening.

Further information

BUPA recognised Provider number 3000 3547  through GP recommendation
CIGNA recognised Provider number 192191
Critical Incident/Trauma Responder

Forest Row
East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

With over 30 years experience and a Post Qualification Diploma in Individual Supervision, I offer supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and those in related professions.

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Sarah Bashford UKCP Psychotherapist,Ind,cpls & specialist in Eating Disorders.

Sarah Bashford UKCP Psychotherapist,Ind,cpls & specialist in Eating Disorders.