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Sarah Davenport, BA (Hons) Counselling, Reg MBACP (Accred)

Poole, Dorset, BH15 3TB
07585 557314 07585 557314 Registered / Accredited
Poole, Dorset, BH15 3TB

About me

Are you struggling to be happy and optimistic? Do you feel weighed down with your problems?  What would you like to be different? Would you like to be more confident, enjoy life more, have better relationships and feel fulfilled? What is getting in the way of this happening? Would it help to come and explore what keeps you stuck and look at ways to understand this and help you move forward?

We all experience emotional difficulties during our lives.  It's when we realise that we are no longer coping well or not recovering from these difficulties that it may be time to seek counselling. Counselling can help to bring about change if you are stuck in destructive or unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking, or are unable to leave the past behind.

I have been a qualified counsellor since 2012 and can offer the opportunity for you to explore your problems with someone who is neutral, non-judgemental and has no agenda. My style is compassionate and engaging as I believe that therapy is fundamentally about developing trust in order for you to make changes.  We will remain focused on your problems to allow the time to fully explore what is causing the unhappiness or difficulties in your life.

My private practice is based in a quiet, comfortable, discreet room on the ground floor of the Bayside Business Centre with reserved parking spaces for clients. For more information about where to find me, see pictures of my room and find out more about counselling please visit my website (link above).

I offer both short-term counselling and longer term, open ended, one to one counselling for young people (18+) and adults. I also offer counselling for trainee counsellors. I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework.

I welcome CPCAB trainee counsellors looking to do your 40 hours of personal therapy as part of your training.  I offer discounted counselling (£35 per session) to enable you to identify and work through your own issues in order to become a competent and safe counsellor.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling
  • Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Higher Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 5
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred Therapy) Level 4
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Certificate of Proficiency – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • BACP Register Number 07151

Training Course

  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Dynamics of Power and Control (Sexualised Trauma)
  • Working relationally with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma
  • Stalking Training
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Counselling for depression
  • Abuse within adolescent relationships
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Working with self harm

I attend regular seminars, training and conferences in order to stay up to date with current issues and the latest training.

I have been a qualified counsellor since 2012 and in private practice since 2014 offering counselling for a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship and family difficulties, OCD, bereavement, problems affecting teenagers and domestic violence and abuse.

Before setting up my practice I spent 3 years at Poole Domestic Abuse Project counselling the survivors of domestic violence and abuse and also worked as a volunteer for Victim Support.

I have specialist training in working with people affected by domestic and sexual violence and for teenagers in controlling and abusive relationships. I attend regular conferences as a member of the Southern Western Dorset Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum and the Safer Poole Partnership. These conferences have included raising awareness of issues surrounding the grooming of children and young people, managing the risk for people who are involved in prostitution, so called 'honour based violence' and modern slavery.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Coping with and working through the experience of domestic violence and abuse for men and women who are victims and survivors
Respectful and healthy relationships between teenagers
Controlling and coercive relationships
Domestic abuse and violence within teenage relationships
Teenagers struggling with the pressure of school/teenage life
Building self esteem, improving communication and assertiveness

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Photos & videos


Sessions are £50 each and last for 50 minutes.
An initial consultation is £20 for 50 minutes.

Some reduced fee concessions are available depending on certain circumstances which we can discuss in the initial consultation.
I offer a reduced fee of £35 per session for the 40 hours of personal therapy required by CPCAB trainee counsellors with a fee of £20 for the initial 50 minute consultation.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I have extensive experience in counselling both men and women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence and abuse.  I have found that much of this work is in helping clients to understand and come to terms with what has happened to them so that they can rebuild their lives and start to be able to trust people and their own judgement again. Often clients feel that they have lost their identity as they have been worn down with the abuse and we can work together to discover who you were and look at who you would like to be. This is usually long term work to enable us to carefully and compassionately explore what has happened and to hopefully let go of your past enough to enable you to live the way you choose.

I work with teenagers who have been in violent, controlling and coercive relationships and who are struggling with anxiety, depression and low confidence.

Bayside Business Centre
48 Willis Way
BH15 3TB

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

My counselling room is on the ground floor with no steps between the car park and the room.


[9am - 6pm Monday to Thursday.]

I am currently unable to take on new clients due to high demand.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Sarah Davenport, BA (Hons) Counselling, Reg MBACP (Accred)

Sarah Davenport, BA (Hons) Counselling, Reg MBACP (Accred)