Sarah Dean

Sarah Dean

South Northamptonshire

Ashcroft Therapy Centre
Hudson Street
OX15 0SW

01869 251725 / 07494 119478

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South Northamptonshire

Ashcroft Therapy Centre
Hudson Street
OX15 0SW

01869 251725 / 07494 119478

About me

Hello and I extend a warm welcome to you.

Sometimes, life can be really tough.

Together we can discuss any concerns or what may be troubling you.

How I work

I'm an Integrative Counsellor for Adults and Young People (13+) living in North Oxfordshire who works collaboratively with you to create a safe and warm environment on an open ended and regular basis. I believe that we all have the potential to grow and flourish. Sometimes, we just need a helping hand to have a more fulfilling way of life. 

Together, we can build a relationship where the Rogerian core conditions of empathy and congruency are paramount to the way I work.  I strive to remain non-judgemental.

Life stressors and events can be very challenging and a lonely experience. It may be through exploring current difficulties affecting your well-being, where some may be rooted in past experiences. We could gently explore these and understand the connections to the “here and now” of your life, if we agree it appropriate. Talking to and listening is not the only way to communicate; I work creatively and together we can find other ways for you to express yourself.

The beginning of our relationship

The first session is about exploring whether I am the right therapist for you and can be a one off; it usually lasts for about 90 minutes and we identify what may be going on for you now and what your main concerning issues are.  We can then discuss what your expectations and goals are, from counselling if we decide we are able to work together.  Sessions thereafter are 50 minutes long and usually occur at the same time and same day. 

How long do I need to be in therapy?

This is dependent on you and our work together.  However, regular review sessions can be beneficial to discover what's changed, or what hasn't.

Getting in touch

I am contactable via telephone, email, text message or mobile - details are above and all are secure and confidential.  You are welcome to contact me by mobile Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 8pm and Saturdays between 8:30am and 2pm.  If I'm unable to accept your call, please let me know your preferred method of response- i.e is it OK to phone and leave a message, or email/text you?  This will enable our dialogue to remain confidential.

A client testimonial, by CK, aged 18 in Buckingham

“Sarah has helped me come so far in only a short amount of time. Not only has she helped me but she has successfully taught me how to help myself. I have always felt so comfortable talking to her and at ease in her company. She has helped me overcome so many struggles I have faced throughout my life and come to peace with them. I don't know where I would be had I not met her”.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

Richmond Adult Community College, West London, 2011 - 2014

Edexcel  Diploma Level 5 in Therapeutic Counselling
NCFE Level 3 Certificate: Counselling Skills and Theory
NCFE Level 2 Certificate: Award in Helping Skills

Recent workshops and training

Riverside Counselling Service, Henley-on-Thames, 2018
Photographs & Therapy - When a client hands you their phone

Banbury Therapeutic Training, 2018
Psychopharmacology and Therapy - an uneasy relationship

Banbury Therapeutic Training, 2017
Working with the Anxious Client

Banbury Therapeutic Training, 2016
Understanding and Working with Pregnancy Loss

Cruse, Oxford,
Bereavement Support Group facilitation

Cruse, Oxford,
Awareness in Bereavement Counselling.

Youthline, Bracknell,
2015 and 2014
Young People and the meaning of Self Harm and Depression.
Young People, Sex and Sexuality.
Young People and the meaning of Self Esteem.
Shame and Self harm.

London Therapy Foundation, 2015

Introduction to CBT
Working with Chronically Depressed Patients
Working with Male and Female Victims of Domestic Violence
Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Understanding Trauma PTSD

Work Experience

Ashcroft Therapy Centre and Aynho - ongoing private practice

Banbury Therapy Centre - 2 years private practice

Youthline, Bracknell - 2 years -Volunteer Counsellor and Volunteer Counsellor in Training

Brentford - 1 year

Teens & Toddlers, - 1 year

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Miscarriage, Abortion, Neonatal, Stillbirth and Sudden Infant Death
Ectopic and Molar pregnancies
Young People
Exam, peer and parental pressures
Panic attacks
Suicidal ideation

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room
  • Front garden
  • Front garden


My fees are £40 per 50 minute session and I offer concessions for persons unwaged, students or on a low income.  Fees are payable either by Bank Transfer or by cash.  For young people aged under 18 and attending on their own, payment for three sessions in advance is required, once we have agreed we can work together.

For parents/carers of young people, I offer regular review sessions where you can address any concerns you have. However, due to the nature of my relationship with your young person, I am ethically bound to maintain confidentiality. These sessions take place at a mutually convenient time.

Further information


As a qualified and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I abide and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice.  You can explore what you can expect of me by following this link:

I attend regular clinical Supervision to promote and safeguard my practice and attend professional development days to uphold my professional standards.

I look forward to your inquiry.

Maps & Directions

Banbury, OX17
Deddington, OX15 0SW

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient date and time. Thank you.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme