Sarah Dawnay (MSc, UKCP, MBACP, FPC)
I am an experienced, accredited psychotherapist working in private practice in London; face to face and online. I provide a safe and confidential space where we can work together to identify, explore and work through things that are troubling you.
People come to therapy for many different reasons; perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or stuck, or you are struggling with relationships, or seeking personal development. I adapt my approach to respond to your individual situation and aim to help you to move forwards towards positive and lasting change.
My approach is warm, compassionate and empathic and I work collaboratively with you to identify any emotions and challenges you may be facing enabling you to feel listened to, accepted and understood. I hope to help you to make sense of difficult feelings, events, or patterns of relating; to bring greater awareness to these experiences and to develop a greater understanding of unseen behaviours that may underlie psychological distress. In exploring this it may then be possible to address the current and past life experiences to which such feelings and behaviours may relate and in so doing to move forwards towards positive change.
I have extensive clinical experience and offer specialist support in the following areas:
- Anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks).
- Depression (low mood, sadness, despair, emptiness, isolation, alienation, loneliness).
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
- Stress (work-related, work/life balance, redundancy, perfectionism, underachievement).
- Covid-related concerns.
- Relationship difficulties/changes (divorce/separation, family issues, friendships).
- Feelings of anger or frustration.
- Loss (bereavement).
- Major life transitions.
- Counter-productive coping strategies such as disordered eating patterns, self-harm and addiction.
Prior to my career as a psychotherapist I worked as lawyer at a large global practice and also coached, mentored and trained international clients and postgraduates. As such I am keenly aware of the personal, professional and environmental pressures placed on individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
I provide regular open-ended psychotherapy and counselling, and short-term therapy to adults and young adults. I am flexible in adopting whichever approach best suits your needs, life commitments and budget.
I understand that it can be daunting to make the first step towards therapy and believe it takes courage to do. If you are thinking about having therapy or would like to know more about how I work and whether therapy could work for you, please call or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Initially we would meet for a consultation to discuss what has bought you to therapy, what your expectations are, and if working together has the potential to change for the better. All enquiries are strictly confidential and this is an opportunity for you to explore whether you feel comfortable in this setting. If we decided to proceed we would discuss a fee and would normally meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Fully qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist having completed a 5 year postgraduate clinical and academic training at one of London’s foremost training institutions.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theory and Practice from the University of Roehampton.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills from WPF Therapy.
- BA Joint Hons. in Economic and Social History and Politics (1st) and an MSc in International Dispute Resolution.
- Co-Founder and Director of Private Psychotherapy London.
- Member of the Trainee Liaison Committee for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).
- Member of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
- Long standing experience working with Mind (Charity), WPF Therapy, Universities and in private practice providing psychotherapy and counselling and undertaking consultations/assessments.
- Professional member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Associate of Counselling, Psychotherapy (BACP), and the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). All of these organisations have strict ethical codes and professional standards of confidentiality to which I subscribe.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Sleep disturbances.
- Eating disorders.
- Initial consultation free of charge.
- From £70 per session.
- Concessionary rates are available.