Sarah Hosken, CBT Therapist/Counselling Psychologist CPsychol AFBPsS
I am a CBT Therapist, EMDR Practitioner and Counselling Psychologist based in Bexley. 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.
CBT is recognised by the Government's NICE guidelines as the first line of intervention for most common psychological problems (e.g. anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, PTSD etc). CBT aims to quickly identify problems and build up the skills to resolve them.
As a counselling psychologist, I have been trained to work with a broad range of models and theories (CBT, EMDR, psychodynamic, person-centred, existential, humanistic). I specialise in trauma, anxiety and depression. In practise, my experience ranges from working with clients in short term therapy to working with severe and enduring mental health problems in longer term therapy. From this I have learnt that however many models and theories a counsellor knows, 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.
Life does present us all with challenges at various times and indeed change happens at different rates and in different ways for each and every one of us. Yet, overall, I believe, I can help my clients move forward in a way that respects and supports their ability to make choices that are right for them at this time in their lives.
My comfortable practise room is located in Bexley. The room is close to the train station and has a dedicated parking space.
EMDR was approved by NICE in 2005 as a recommended treatment for post traumatic stress disorder following its success in working with trauma e.g. road traffic accidents, abuse. EMDR is now used to work with a broader spectrum of issues ranging from anxiety (phobias, panic attacks etc) to experiences such as grief, pain and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Professional Accreditation
British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): Registered Counselling Psychologist
EMDR UK & Ireland: EMDR Practitioner
2016 Brainspotting Part I, Part II and Part III
2012 EMDR Practitioner Part I, Part II, Part III and IV
2005 Advanced Counselling Psychology (MSc)
2003 Counselling Psychology (MSc)
2000 Psychology & Counselling (BSc Hons)
1996 Certificate in Psychology
1994 Master Hypnotist & Hypnotherapist
1994 Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
- Crisis Counselling Co-ordinator, Greenwich Mind
- CBT Therapist, Crisis Counsellor and Training Consultant.
- Previously worked for the NHS in primary and secondary care.
- 27 years experience as a voluntary worker at a Mind drop in club
- Trustee for Bridge, a 24 hour high support men-only forensic facility; a women-only facility and floating support service
- Past Advisory board member for Markfield Institute of Higher Education
I am committed to ongoing training as part of my personal and professional development. My most recent training is in Brainspotting. This is used for anxiety and also for performance issues e.g. sports and acting.
Working with Chronic Trauma and Neglect
Mental Health Recovery Star
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
PTSD and Mental Health Workshop
Mental Health First Aid Training
Train the Trainer
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I am registered with AXA/PPP, Aviva, Bupa & Cigna
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9am - 5pm Monday - Wednesday
Types of client