Sarah Lillywhite

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UKCP Accredited Counsellor
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Newbury, Hampshire, RG20
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About me

I am an Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I have 20 years of experience supporting people dealing with distressing or confusing situations, feelings or thoughts. I am also qualified in EMDR which is a proven therapy for supprting people facing trauma, stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. 

One of my beliefs about going through difficult times, is that with the right support, we can all find better ways to live our lives, resolve our problems, and face our difficult issues. My aim is to provide this type of support in a warm, thoughtful, and hope-filled way.

I can offer short-term support, offering a space for client to unpack or focus on pressing issues, with a view to identifying options and coping strategies.

Or I can work with clients more long term, supporting clients who are facing complicated or distressing issues, with the aim of clients being able to find greater understanding, acceptance, or new more helpful perspectives about themselves or others in their life.

While with EMDR I work in an issue-focussed way. The type of issues are varied, such as anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep problems, low self-esteem,  relationship difficulties, lack of self-confidence, trauma and abuse. This work can be both relatively short (about 10-12 sessions) but also longer term work, depending the individual circumstances of each client.

I work with people who are 16 or over.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Masters in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (2006-2010)
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (2002-2005)
  • Certificate in Group Therapy (2013-2015)
  • Certificate in on-line and telephone counselling (2021)
  • EMDR level 1, 2 and 3 (2022)


I have 20 years of psychotherapy and counselling experience with adults and young people in various settings, including schools, colleges, Wellbeing Centres, and the NHS.

For the last 4 years I have worked for START ( Winchester and Basingstoke Rape Crisis Centre) during these years I have gained a great deal of expereince and knowledge in how to support people who have experienced trauma.

Since May of this year I have been working as a therapist with HEAD START which is a charity that provides wellbeing support for veterens.

I am also trained in EMDR, which is a therapy recomended as an effective by the World Health Organization, and is used by the NHS and the defence service in the UK.

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Growing older

Self-meaning, and self-purpose



£50.00 - £80.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory session lasting up to 30 minutes, in which you can let me know what you are looking for from therapy, and I can explain the different forms of therapy I can offer you. 

After which, further sessions cost the following :

Psychotherapy and Counselling - ( Online and In-Person)

  • £50 per 1 hour session

EMDR -  (In-person only)

  • £65 per 1 hour 15 minutes session 
  • £80 per 1 hour 30 minutes session 

EMDR sessions tend to be longer than other types of therapy sessions, there are good reasons for this that I will talk through with you when we meet for an intial free consultation. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My working hours are from 9 am to 6.30 pm

Further information

I fully understand the first step can be difficult, but I want you to know, I am always very happy to receive an email or call, and answer your questions. If I can't take your call straight away, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Burghclere, Newbury, Hampshire, RG20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I work from 2 venues, Burghclere which has a counselling room and toilet on the ground floor but the toilet is not wheel chair accessable. And, Kingscere with facilities that are fully wheelchair accessable.

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Sarah Lillywhite
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