Sarah McMichael : Psychodynamic Counsellor
The aim and benefits of therapy would be twofold : building a trusting reliable relationship where it feels possible to share thoughts, feelings and your experiences of situations both past and present and to have these heard and understood with kindness and compassion can be an invaluable process . We can also work and think together to help you gain greater insight and understanding, so that you may develop more awareness for the future which in turn can create new and more fulfilling future possibilities. The focus and the pace of the work will be guided by you and your needs.
We can meet for short term focused counselling, or longer term, more in-depth, psychotherapy once or twice a week; what feels right for you is something that we can talk and think about together in the initial assessment .
I work with individuals dealing with a wide range of issues, such as stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
My home-based private practice is about 10 minutes walk from either Richmond or Kew Gardens station .
At present due to Covid I offer online sessions via Zoom. When the rules change and at a time that feels comfortable for you I can welcome you to my consulting room.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: BSc in 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. This includes 11 years within the NHS and 6 years in London Russell Group universities as a counsellor and specialist mental health mentor to students of all ages.
Current position : lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust .
Previously I have lectured at Birkbeck, WPF therapy (both MSC psychotherapy training courses) and the Counselling Foundation (Introduction to Counselling Certificate course) .
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Academic and work issues
£75.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Initial consultation appointment -£85.00
More than once-weekly therapy can reduce the session fee.
I can offer appointments up until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Weekdays and Tuesday or Thursday evenings up to 9pm.