Sarah McCormick

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MSc MBACP MNCPS (Accred) Adult and Couples Counsellor
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Altrincham WA15 & Manchester M20
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I’m Sarah, I offer face-to-face therapy for individuals and couples in Hale and Didsbury, or online or by phone to clients nationwide.

I'm qualified to Masters level and I use a tailored approach to work with adults and couples across a broad range of issues, though I specialise in relationships.

Please get in touch for a free 15 minute initial phone consultation.

Why you might be thinking of counselling..

  • Are relationship issues causing you anxiety?
  • Have you drifted apart?
  • Finding it hard to communicate?
  • Wanting things to go back to how they used to be?
  • Unsure if to stay or leave?
  • Perhaps there's an affair?
  • Struggling with your feelings around the end of a relationship?
  • Are you seeking support around separation and divorce?
  • Wanting to have a 'positive parting'?
  • Needing support with parenting?
  • Starting to think about moving on and new relationships?
  • Finding dating really hard?

I can help you make sense of what's going on and help you to find the clarity you need to start feeling better again.

It’s very natural to feel worried, down, confused and frustrated at some time in our lives, most of us do. The stresses and challenges of modern life can simply become too much. When your thoughts, feelings and behaviours start to affect your life and relationships with those around you, it may be time to consider getting help to make sense of what’s going on. I will work with you to gain the insight and clarity to find a positive way forward.

My focus is relationships..

My interest is relationships; whether with ourselves, a partner/spouse, our parents or children. 

If you are experiencing relationship issues I will work with you individually or as a couple to give you a greater understanding of your relationship dynamics and to teach you how to communicate in a healthy, effective and secure way. Together we look at the ways you relate to the other and we untangle negative or stuck patterns of behaviour.

I often work with couples and individuals who are experiencing relationship issues and who are seeking clarity around difficult decisions about the future.

I guide clients through the process of relationships ending and then moving on from separation or divorce.  I work with clients who are navigating the often daunting process of dating and forming new relationships after the end of a long relationship.

Relationship satisfaction has a profound effect on our wellbeing and ability to flourish in life. I use a combination of therapeutic approaches tailored to your needs, to support you in finding ways to overcome relationship challenges and become more contented.

My approach..

I tailor my approach to your needs and I adapt it as necessary so that I am always supporting you in the best way possible.  I use a combination of counselling approaches including positive psychology and behavioural tools and strategies to show you how to work towards achieving the change you desire.

A little about my prior experience..

I have a rich and varied life and work experience which helps me to understand and connect with my clients.  I have enjoyed careers in the corporate sector, the NHS as a midwife as well as a therapist, and in education as a secondary school teacher. 

I understand the particular demands of the health and education sectors and am particularly happy to support those working within these sectors.

Please do get in touch..

I am warm and empathetic, and clients have described me as calm, compassionate and understanding. I aim to make you feel at ease quickly and offer you a safe supportive space to unload your concerns which together we will untangle, understand and find the way ahead.

It's important to find a counsellor who is the right fit for you, please do get in touch for a complimentary intro consultation so that we can see how we might work together and how I can guide you towards the changes you seek.

I currently have both daytime and evening availability at my rooms in Hale and Didsbury..

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Degree in Counselling & Positive Psychology

MBACP and MNCS (Accred.)

Certificate in Couples Counselling

Training  in Working with Sex Addiction, Couples and Individuals

Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling

PGCE in Secondary Education 11-18 years and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

DipHE in Midwifery

BSc Hons Information Technology

In addition to my work in private practice, I currently work as a counsellor in the NHS in a hospital ward providing counselling to young people and families.  I have also worked as a counsellor for a group of GP practices and with an NHS Trust providing counselling to staff. 

In these roles I have gained a broad experience of counselling clients with issues including depression and anxiety; grief and loss; relationship issues including communication issues, contemplating divorce and post-divorce/separation and co-parenting/children issues; parenting; domestic abuse; postnatal depression and birth trauma; infertility; self-esteem and confidence issues; life transitions and changes; existential fear/life meaning; social isolation; self-harm; eating disorders.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Moving on from divorce
  • Navigating dating and new relationships after the end of a long relationship
  • Sex addiction/ compulsive sexual behaviour - I also work with partners 
  • Life transitions, mid-life issues
  • Pregnancy and birth anxiety, birth trauma, postnatal depression, transition to becoming a parent
  • Menopause and women's health issues
  • Parenting difficulties,  Co-parenting issues
  • School issues
  • Social anxiety and feelings of isolation
  • Issues arising from Covid,  anxiety,  long Covid etc.

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From £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

Fees from:

Individual counselling £70 per one hour session.

Couples counselling £95 per one hour session.

I am often able to offer short notice 'Couples SOS' sessions, please ask for details if this is your situation.

I have current face-to-face appointment availability at my rooms in Didsbury, Manchester and in Hale, Altrincham.

My usual session times in Didsbury are Thursdays - daytime and evening, and in Hale sessions are Tuesday daytime and evening.  Other times are available by arrangement.

I also offer therapy online and by phone.

I offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation, which provides a good opportunity for you to tell me a little about the issues that have brought you to seek counselling and provides the chance for you to ask any questions you may have.

We can explore what you hope to achieve from counselling and how we might best work together towards these goals.

This initial chat allows us to begin to get to know each other and helps you to decide if you feel that I am the counsellor to offer the support you are looking for. 

I am a registered provider with WPA private medical insurance and also with the Onebright Network which covers other insurers and workplace counselling schemes.

When I work

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Further information

I work in person in Hale and Didsbury.

In Hale I work as part of a group practice of professional therapists in spacious, comfortable and private therapy rooms at the Hale Village Therapy Centre, in the heart of Hale village close to Altrincham in South Manchester.

The rooms are very conveniently located within easy reach of the neighbouring towns of Manchester, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Sale, Worsley, Lymm and Warrington as well as the wider North West region via motorway network at the nearby M56 junctions 6-7. 

My Didsbury practice is located in a beautiful historic building in a tranquil green setting on the edge of the The Towers Business Park, off Wilmslow Road just outside Didsbury Village.  This location is easily reached from the north and south by the A34 and is conveniently located close to East Didsbury rail and tram stations, and is well served by buses to and from the city centre and beyond.

Hale Village Therapy Centre, 213 Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15 9TB

The Towers, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2SL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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