Sarah Hosken

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Psychologist - CBT - EMDR - Brainspotting - Supervisor -
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Bexley, DA5
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About me

CBT Therapist;  Registered Counselling Psychologist; Chartered Psychologist; Associate Fellow (BPS);  Brainspotting Consultant - EMDR - Supervisor (BPS) 

  • 38 years experience working with mental health 
  • skilled at working with issues around anxiety (GAD, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, panic attacks etc), low mood, confidence and low self esteem 
  • trauma expert: working with trauma and accompanying feelings of disconnect, overwhelm, sadness, anger and grief 
  • loss and bereavement
  • worked in the NHS in primary and secondary care
  • led a crisis team for a national charity
  • training and supervising other therapists to work with trauma
  • working with adults of all ages
  • registered with The British Psychological Society and Health Professions Council

My aim is to provide a safe and facilitative environment to support my clients and to create a space where we can work together to achieve your full potential.

As a Counselling Psychologist, I have been trained to work with a broad range of models  (CBT, EMDR, Brainspotting, psychodynamic, person-centred, existential, humanistic).  In practise, my experience ranges from working with clients in short term therapy to working with more deep rooted issues in longer term therapy. From this I have learnt that however many models and theories a therapist knows, as is evidenced by research,  it is the relationship that sits at the very heart of the healing work. 

For example, I have learnt the importance of communicating and exploring understandings of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in ways that are clear and meaningful to each person as a unique individual.  Some clients want to work with purely the CBT model where they spend time exploring their issues from a here and now perspective, some want to focus more upon their future, whereas others may wish to spend more time exploring the meaning of what has happened to them in the past and how they can change. Other clients may wish to use more holistic brain/body focused techniques such as Brainspotting or simply to work in a structured way with their experience using therapy such as EMDR.

Life does present us all with challenges at various times and change happens at different rates and in different ways for each of us.  Yet, overall, I believe, I can help my clients move forward in a way that respects their integrity and ability to make choices that are right for them at this time in their lives.

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

    CBT theory explains how our thoughts influence our emotions, behaviour and body. Working with the CBT model involves exploring different ways of working with the above to regulate mood and behaviour.

    CBT is recognised by the Government's NICE guidelines as the first line of intervention for most common wellbeing issues (e.g. anger, anxiety, GAD bereavement, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, PTSD).  CBT aims to quickly identify problems and build up the skills to resolve them.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

    EMDR is a recommended treatment (NICE 2005) for working with the distress caused by traumatic memories.

    EMDR has also been used to work with a broader range of issues from anxiety (phobias, panic attacks etc.) to experiences such as grief, pain and depression.


Brainspotting is a focused, mindful, brain/body therapy that locates points in the visual field to access, process and heal trauma in the body.

Brainspotting is also widely used to enhance performance in sports, drama and music.


Located directly off the A2, the office is a 10 min walk from Bexley train station and a 1 minute walk from local bus routes. There is a car park in Thanet Road.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Professional Accreditation

Chartered Psychologist; Associate Fellow       British Psychological Society      
Registered Counselling Psychologist               Health and Care Professions  Council (HCPC)
Supervisor                                                              British Psychological Society
Certified EMDR Practitioner                               EMDR UK & Ireland
Brainspotting Consultant                                    Brainspotting Inc


2019 Brainspotting Consultant
2015 Brainspotting Certification
2012 Certified EMDR Practitioner
2005 Advanced Counselling Psychology (MSc)
2003 Counselling Psychology (MSc)
2000 Psychology & Counselling (BSc Hons)
1996 Certificate in Psychology


  • Working with Mental Health Professionals
  • Workplace issues e.g. return to work, communication, performance issues
  • Crisis Team Leader
  • CBT Therapist, Crisis Counsellor and Training Consultant
  • Training therapists to work with anxiety and trauma
  • Previously worked for the NHS in primary and secondary care
  • 27 years experience as a voluntary worker
  • Trustee for a mental health organisation, advisory role in a college
  • Developing and delivering well-being programme for businesses and schools

Ongoing Training and Supervision

I have regular supervision in accordance with BPS guidelines. I am committed to ongoing training as part of my personal and professional development.

Trainings include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Brainspotting
  • Working with Chronic Trauma and Neglect
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental Health Recovery Star
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • PTSD and Mental Health Workshop
  • Hearing Voices
  • Bipolar Workshop
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Train the Trainer
  • Brainspotting with Emergency Responders, Military Personnel & their Families
  • Core Gift Discovery and Brainspotting


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

EMDR Association UK (EMDR UK)


EMDR Europe
EMDR Europe

EMDR Europe

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with first responders e.g. military, police, fire, ambulance etc.


£90.00 - £120.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

Fees start from £110 per 50 minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

8am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Closed for school holidays.

Further information

Healthcare Providers

I am registered with AXA/PPP, Aviva, Bupa, Cigna, Pruhealth & WPA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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There are two steps up to the office which is unsuitable for wheelchair access.

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Sarah Hosken
Sarah Hosken