My name is Sarah Cunningham and I run Therapy South London. I have broad range of experience providing specialist Psychotherapy to clients experiencing emotional issues, trauma, relationship or sex related issues, loss and anxiety. I also have extensive experience working as an advocate and trauma therapist for survivors of domestic abuse, coercive control and those overcoming narrcistic abuse. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives and have the capacity to fulfil their own potential. I am LGBTQ+ affirmative.
Painful emotions can leave us feeling powerless, isolated or unheard in our communities. For some, therapy might be the first time they feel heard and understood and I provide a non-judgemental and collaborative space, where individuals can explore thought patterns and behaviours so a deeper understanding can be reached. This can allow us to see situations or dynamics within relationships from a different perspective and can help to gain a deeper awareness of destructive or unhelpful patterns.
I offer individual sessions with adults and young people aged 18+ and provide short term counselling and long-term psychotherapy. My working model is client-centred and integrative, but I am primarily Psychodynamically trained and believe the early attachments we form influence how we relate and perceive the world around us. Making connections with how the past may be impacting on the present can be a catalyst for significant, meaningful change. Please get in touch via email or phone to book an appointment.
Due to the lockdown, clients will be seen online via a secure and encrypted video conferencing platform called Zoom. I have completed a BACP accredited CPD in telephone, online and e-counselling and my public liability insurance covers me for such work.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling (Distinction), Goldsmiths College, University of London
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling, Regents University London
Continual Professional Development (CPD courses)
- Working with survivors of gendered violence and domestic abuse
- Overcoming narrcistic abuse
- Working with couples
- Understanding Childhood: social and clinical perspectives
- Contemporary Trauma Practice
- Telephone, online and e-counselling
Group facilitator qualifications
- Qualified Group Facilitator Trainer for running the Freedom Programme for female survivors of domestic abuse and coercive control: https://freedomprogramme.co.uk
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coercive control. Men's issues. Relationship issues. LGBTQ+. Sex and intimacy issues. Overcoming narrcistic abuse. Boarding School Syndrome.
As well as working as a Psychotherapist, I also work as an IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) for a domestic abuse charity, providing emotional support and legal advocacy for survivors. I wrote my Master's thesis on the impact of coercive control on childhood development and experienced in working with survivors of narrcistic abuse and trauma.
I am a LGBTQ+ affirmative Psychotherapist.
I offer a free 20 minute initial telephone consultation.
Initial assessment: £60 (50-minute session)
Weekly individual session: £60 (50-minute sessions)
I am also offering a limited amount of discounted sessions to NHS workers on a short term basis - please contact me for further information.