About me

People seek counselling for many different reasons; some specific such as bereavement, addiction, relationship issues, abuse, trauma, low self-esteem/confidence, anxiety and depression, and other people come with a more vague sense of dissatisfaction with life, feeling lost or dispirited.

The Person-Centred Approach to counselling resonates with me deeply; a philosophy focused on the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for healing, change and personal growth. I aim to provide you with a safe space where you will feel received with care, compassion and understanding, and through which you can begin to unravel the challenges you are facing. I believe that each of us contain the wisdom of our own truth and have the capacity to heal ourselves through such a relationship. I am committed to supporting you to gain insight, understanding and expression of your situation, thoughts and feelings, so that you may move forward in your life with greater clarity, fulfilment and authenticity. I feel it is truly a privilege to be alongside courageous people who embark on this healing journey

Counselling can, at times, be a deep, challenging and powerful process and it is extremely important that you choose a counsellor you feel you will be able to trust. I offer a free, no obligation initial consultation, where we will discuss your requirements and how I work, so that we can both decide whether we will be suitable to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Practice and I am a Registered Member of the BACP (MBACP).

I have been a practicing counsellor since 2007, and have extensive experience working with people from all walks of life and a broad range of issues, both in a city and more rurally, in a voluntary setting and in private practice.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Additional information

I offer a free, no obligation initial consultation.

£45 per hour session.


Appointments available Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm. Some weekend spaces available, please ask.

East Quay Medical Centre
East Quay

35A Fore Street
TA21 8AG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

East Quay Medical Centre, Bridgwater is wheelchair accessible. My Wellington office is on the second floor and has 2 flights of stairs. I may be able to arrange to see you in a ground floor room, please ask.

Sarah Birdsall

Sarah Birdsall