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About me

My name is Sarah McConnell and the majority of my practice is couples counselling. I practice Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) which helps couples to understand and change negative patterns in their relationships while also helping to get to the bottom of underlying issues that prevent closeness. Typically couples will be starting to feel better with a series of 12 - 20 sessions.   I'm passionate about helping couples feel better about their relationships and have a good track record in helping people find ways to do this.

I also work with individuals who are struggling with relationship challenges or with anxiety, depression or other issues common in counselling.

I trained in both the UK and the USA and have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as being a certified EFT therapist and supervisor. I am also trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Before becoming a therapist I worked for 27 years in industry in HR and Organisational Development, and was involved in organisational change, training, team alignment and coaching.

I'm a musician (guitarist and singer) and love working with people. I'm passionate about what I do!

Training, qualifications & experience

BA in Psychology (Open University)
140 hours of training at Metanoia Institute, London
MA in Family Therapy (University of Houston, Clear Lake, USA)
Gestalt Practitioner & Advanced training in Physical Process (Gestalt Institute of Cleveland)
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapy Supervisor

6 years experience in private practice in Houston, Texas, USA
1 year internship at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston

27 years in the Oil and Gas industry (HR and OD) in the UK and USA

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


My fee is £60 for a 60 minute session

I do have a sliding scale for those in need - apply for details.


I'm available Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm (last appointment 7pm).

Further information

Currently working out of Riverside Wellbeing office in Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire.

I also do online sessions for those unable to travel to the office.

224 Dialstone Lane

Whaley Bridge

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Sarah McConnell, UKCP registered, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist

Sarah McConnell, UKCP registered, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist