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About me

I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering private psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy for young people and adults. Short term work is referred to as counselling and usually involves working towards a goal. Long-term work is referred to as psychotherapy and involves exploring issues in greater depth. Some people find that short-term work can help (6-12sessions) while others benefit from long-term work; what feels right for you is something that we can talk and think about together in the initial assessment .

I specialise in a range of concerns and difficulties including relationships, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, depression, stress and work-related issues. 

I can offer a 1 hour no-obligation initial consultation which gives you the opportunity to explore these issues. This can be in person in my consulting room in Richmond, or via Zoom. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications: BA/BSc in English Lit and Psychology

MA English Literature

MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck College, London.

Registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Registered Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy .

I have worked as a counsellor for over 20 years in many varied settings, including 11 years in the NHS .

Current position : lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and counsellor at a London university. 

Previously I have lectured at Birkbeck, WPF therapy (both MSC psychotherapy training courses) and the Counselling Foundation (Introduction to Counselling Certificate course) .

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Academic and work issues


From £50.00 to £75.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial consultation appointment -£75- £85.00


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I can offer appointments up until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Further information

Availability :

Weekdays and Tuesday or Thursday evenings up to 9pm.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Sarah McMichael

Sarah McMichael