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Sarah Dinenage MBACP GradDip Psychodynamic Counsellor/Therapist

Portsmouth PO4 & Havant PO9
07415 364683 07415 364683

About me

Are you facing issues or difficulties in your life? Are you troubled by something in the past or present? Are you struggling with your mental health? Are you suffering from domestic violence or abuse? Do you need to re-build your confidence and self-esteem? Do you need help going forward with your life?

You don't have to cope alone.

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor. I offer long term or short term counselling and specialise in working with people struggling with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Childhood & Recent Sexual Abuse
  • Depression
  • Disassociation
  • Domestic Abuse (From either Partner, Ex Partner or Family Members)
  • Panic / Panic Attacks
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Unresolved Childhood Issues

What to expect from therapy with me

Talking with an experienced therapist who has been trained to listen, not just to what you say but to also what isn’t being said, in a safe space can help you understand yourself more and see your situation more clearly. It is about exploring what is troubling you and working at a deeper level, to uncover what is behind it, what drives it and what keeps it going. Although therapy won't solve all your problems, it can help you to make sense of things and to see things more clearly so that your issues, concerns or past will have less of an impact on your everyday life and help you live more effectively.

For more information you can visit my website at www.sarahdinenage.com

How I work

I work in a psychodynamic way in that my aim is to help people see themselves more clearly and to know themselves better, helping them to face and make sense of what is troubling them. I focus on how problems and conflicts in adulthood may stem from what we experienced in childhood, and how this has impacted on how we relate to ourselves and other people as well as how we are drawn into repeating the same patterns time and time again.

My experience

I ran the Domestic Abuse service at Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS) from 2016 to 2019. I initially joined PARCS in 2013 where I counselled victims who had experienced sexual abuse with associated issues of struggling with mental health and post-traumatic stress. Prior to this I was an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate for many years and I also worked along-side Hampshire Police as a frontline worker assisting Domestic Abuse victims who had called 999.

I now work solely as a private counsellor based in my practices in Portsmouth and Havant.

I am a committed, caring and resilient practitioner, who confidently supports individuals with a wide range of issues and presenting problems. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - BPC and BACP Accredited

Foundation degree in Psychodynamic & CBT Counselling - Birkbeck University, London

Cert.HE Psychodynamic Counselling - Birkbeck University, London

Cert.Foundation Person Centred Counselling - NCFE

I regularly update my professional training, which has included additional training in trauma, mental health, sexual abuse and HBV.

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

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Psychodynamic therapy


The initial introductory/assessment session is 50 minutes and costs £40.
Thereafter sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. The fee is £40 per session.

Payment can be made by cash, Bacs, cheque or paypal.

I am currently based in Portsmouth and Havant.

Further information

I have evening and day time slots available including Saturdays.

Cove Therapy
12 West Street

Libero Counselling

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 Unspecified


I have availability for people looking for support.

Types of client

Older adults
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Sarah Dinenage MBACP GradDip Psychodynamic Counsellor/Therapist

Sarah Dinenage MBACP GradDip Psychodynamic Counsellor/Therapist