Dr Sarah Krantz
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist. As well as having my own private practice, I have worked as an honorary counsellor in a number of corporate, medical and voluntary settings. I now see clients in Westbury Park, Clifton and College Green. In addition to my private practice, I am also a research supervisor for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University.
I bring together a number of complementary approaches (including CBT, EMDR and mindfulness if appropriate) to help you become more aware of what is going on both in and around you. I focus on how your experiences in the present reflect patterns from your past - and together we will explore how your body, emotions and behavioural patterns are inter-related. This will help you to learn more about yourself so you can resolve and move on from issues that are holding you back.
These might include: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, relationship problems, eating disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, bereavement, bullying, stress, sexual dysfunction, fears and phobias.
If you have experienced trauma, we may discuss the suitability of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - see below.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most significant, exciting and innovative developments for decades in the treatment of trauma-related conditions. It is supported by extensive research and is recommended for the treatment of PTSD by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).
EMDR appears to mimic what the brain does naturally during dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movements) sleep. EMDR is a natural therapy that helps the brain to work through distressing material. The process involves repeated left-right (bilateral) stimulation of the brain while noticing different aspects of the traumatic memory. Clients follow my hand-movements whilst we talk about aspects of the memory – but much less ‘talking’ happens than in the usual process of psychotherapy.
We can discuss the suitability of EMDR and I will do an assessment in collaboration with you. We will talk about what you are struggling with, your current ways of coping, what else is going on in your life at the moment and how the sessions would work for you. You do not have to be experiencing PTSD for it to be an appropriate treatment. EMDR can be useful with phobias, grief, accidents/injuries, other emotionally charged memories or events and some cases of depression/anxiety/panic attacks.
One-to-One Mindfulness Programmes
Not that long ago, most of us thought that the brain we’re born with is static – but fast-forward a decade or two, and we’re beginning to see the opposite: the brain is designed to adapt and mindfulness practice is one of the most successful ways to intentionally shape the brain. Practicing mindfulness is not a quick fix – it requires consistent, regular practice but the benefits can be far-reaching:
· Reduced levels of stress and stress-related problems – including the “fight or flight” response (helpful in dealing with many areas of life)
· Increased cognitive flexibility, including learning, memory and problem solving functions
· Improved ability to regulate emotions, which is helpful in cases of depression and anxiety
· Positive impact on health including reduced blood pressure and improved sleep
· Better pain management, whether in acute or chronic conditions
· Regulation of appetite, with implications for unhealthy eating patterns
Whilst there is a range of group 8-week mindfulness courses available, these may not be convenient or appealing to you. I offer tailor-made courses of 6-8 weeks. By working with you to learn what you most want to achieve, I can design and deliver personalized teaching to maximize the benefits for you. Please contact me for an initial conversation or to discuss other potential formats that may suit you better.
Examples of areas where previous clients have found mindfulness sessions beneficial include: challenges with parenting, workplace stress, relationship problems, weight loss, eating disorders, chronic health conditions, depression and anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
Member of British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University
Eye Movement and Desensitisation (EMDR)
Integration of Mindfulness and Compassion in Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Provider
Other Professional Information
I have full professional liability insurance and offer sessions through several private health insurers.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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 problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£60 for psychotherapy sessions (50 mins)
£90 for EMDR sessions (90 mins)
£360-480 for 6-8 week mindfulness courses
If you are registered with Aviva, AXA PPP or Vitality Health Insurance, you may be able to speak to them directly or to your GP/Psychiatrist about a referral.
Limited concessionary places available by discussion.
I hold Professional Civil Liability Insurance and abide by the following codes of ethics: Metanoia Institute, British Psychological Society, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|