About me

As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, I draw on a variety of therapy models to help move you forward. Our work together will be at a pace and style to suit your individual needs. I sometimes set small tasks for clients to complete in their own time if they wish.

We will work together in a relaxed and safe environment where no issue is too small, too large, or too embarrassing. I work on the outskirts of Thornbury with easy parking.

Do call me for a chat to make sure that I am the right counsellor for you.  It is important that you work with a counsellor that you feel completely at ease with.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Diplomas in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills.

I am an Accredited Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme.

I attend a variety of training courses and undertake continuous professional development  to ensure that my knowledge and understanding is broadened.

As well as private counselling, I work part-time for Brain Tumour Support, supporting clients through all stages of their brain cancer journey. I also teach creative writing at Prema Arts Centre (which is my therapy!).

Coming from a varied professional background, it is my heart, not my head, that has led me into counselling; I welcome working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Previously I spent 8 years as a community learning tutor delivering a variety of courses such as confidence and wellbeing, parenting and personal progression and goal-setting. I developed support groups for parents of disabled children, ran creative wellbeing courses, delivered autism awareness courses and been a volunteer counsellor for Footsteps Counselling and Care in Gloucester for clients who have pregnancy and birth related issues, including bereavement.

Ad Dip PC, Dip CST, Cert Hyp CS

B.Ed (Hons), MA

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

Death & dying

Terminal illness


Mid-life changes & concerns


Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The fee is £40 for a full hour.  The concessionary rate is £35.


I am available day / evening Thursdays & Fridays. Other times are flexible to suit you wherever possible, so it's always worth asking!

South Gloucestershire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There is one step into the therapy room. Please contact me regarding support or access adjustments.

Sarah Erskine

Sarah Erskine