Sarah Middleton BACP (Accredited) BSc AGSMD
In my experience taking the initial step and speaking to a professional counsellor in complete confidence can bring with it a real sense of relief. But taking those first steps to seek counselling can feel very difficult, particularly when you are in the midst of emotional difficulties or relationship problems and suffering either from depression, anxiety or maybe just suffering from a general feeling of unease. These may be feelings that you find difficult to talk to others about, or which they in turn might find difficult to understand.
As your counsellor, I can provide a space where you can be accepted and enabled to explore your difficulties without being judged. My experience means that I am professional, resilient and reliable, and able to work with you to explore the current issues that are giving you problems. Often these present day problems are rooted in the past, although you may not be aware of this link, therefore counselling seeks to understand how past experiences, relationships and feelings are being replayed in the present and causing you problems.
In the counselling process, and, in particular, in the relationship between counsellor and client, patterns of relating emerge, inner thoughts and feelings can be explored and understood. This then allows for personal insight, growth and the possibility of change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP (Accredited) Counsellor and senior NHS Clinician working in SW London weekdays and evenings. If the working week is too difficult for clients I can see clients on Saturday mornings.
BSc in Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
To ensure that I can provide an effective service, I have regular supervision for my client work, and continue to work on my own professional development, through training workshops.
As well as having my own private practice I work as a counsellor at an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) clinic in Sutton. I worked as a counsellor at a London University. For many years I worked as a counsellor at a counselling charity in Sutton, where I trained in counselling assessment and continue to work as part of the assessment team.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
One of the key areas of my work is couples counselling.
I have a particular interest and experience in counselling individuals and couples with issues concerning fertility.
I have an interest and experience concerning young onset dementia, especially the rare forms of dementia
Issues related to acting and performance
I offer short term or long term counselling, for individuals and couples.
Each session lasts 50 minutes for Individuals - £55
Each session lasts 60 minutes for Couples - £85
Individuals - £65
Couples - £95
I work at a purpose built counselling centre.
The centre is three minutes walk from South Wimbledon underground (Northern Line) train station. Approximately ten minutes walk to Wimbledon District Line and national rail network trains.
I work from my home in Southfields, both East Putney & Southfields District Line stations are equidistant, a 10 minute walk..
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available, depending on location. I have some weekend availability for those who cannot make a weekday appointment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|