About me

I am here to offer you a calm, confidential, safe space to explore with you what is going on in your life whether or not you know what might have brought you to this point. I provide both online and face to face counselling depending on your requirements and preference.

Sometimes it is hard to make sense of things by yourself or to gain perspective from talking to friends and family. Taking time to tell your story within a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship can bring clarity, healing and empowerment, enabling you to discover new ways of managing life’s challenges. It is, I believe, a process that can transform physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

I work with a wide range of issues including low mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, sadness, loss, adjustment following stressful life events, health concerns, relationship difficulties, family matters and parenting struggles. Sometimes of course the issue is more a sense of feeling stuck without quite knowing why and it is the process of working through things together that brings relief. At other times it might be a feeling of being held back by coping strategies that no longer seem helpful and it is through increasing your self-knowledge that you are able to find a way forward.

I see adults and young people (aged 18+).

How I work ...

Humanistic theory underpins my approach but I work integratively, enabling me to call upon a rich tapestry of therapeutic perspectives, in order to best suit your needs. I work in collaboration with you, at your pace, and offer short, medium and long-term counselling. Over the years I have become increasingly aware of the role that the relationship dynamic can play in unlocking things and I, therefore, offer a free introductory appointment, on-line or by telephone, so that you can see how you feel about us working together.

I am currently working on line but am beginning to see clients in person once again. I have access to comfortable, private rooms in Helmsley and York.

Making contact ...

I know that taking that first step can feel daunting. Do contact me by email, text or by phone, whichever feels most comfortable, and if you would like to know a little more about what to expect before you do so please visit www.yorkcp.org. This is the website for the York Counselling Practice of which I am a founding member.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications ...

I have a post-graduate diploma in counselling from York St John University and a Diploma in Professional Development from the Gestalt Centre in London.

I have also attended numerous post-graduate courses since studying for my first degree in the 1980s and continue to draw from this extensive knowledge base including including mindfulness-based approaches such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Anxiety Management Techniques.

My background and experience ...

Working in a GP practice in Stockwell and for The Awareness Centre in Clapham has provided me with a wealth of experience in working with adults and young people aged 16+ in both short-term and long-term counselling. Working online more recently has enabled me to work more flexibly, including across time zones, and this is a way of working that I will continue to offer once the current pandemic is over.

Before becoming a counsellor, I spent over twenty years with the NHS as a speech and language therapist, specialising in working with adults and young people with voice and fluency disorders. Much of my work was orientated around working with anxiety in speaking situations.

I have also worked as a volunteer listener and I currently oversee pastoral care matters in a local school.

Professional memberships ...

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and as such attend monthly supervision and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I hold an enhanced DBS and am also still a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 per session (up to 60 minutes).



Further information

I reserve two appointments per week for trainee counsellors and hold a waiting list for this.


North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Sarah Preston

Sarah Preston