Sarah Parkin

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Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7
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About me

Hello, stepping into the world of therapy is often not an easy decision to make. I hope the following will help you in deciding whether I might be the right person in helping you take this step.

I am a Senior Accredited therapist with over 30 yrs experience, working in a variety of settings including NHS, GP's, Cambridge University and Colleges (students and staff), private practice, supervision and teaching (both counsellors and supervisors). I am a trained and experienced relationship therapist and my work is with both individuals and couples. My work includes both short-term focused therapy and longer term therapy. 

In our work together my aim is always to facilitate a safe, professional, human relationship which allows for the exploration of your concerns and experiences as deeply as you wish.  My therapeutic approach in both my long term and short term work combines my training and experience as a compassion focussed therapist (rooted in evolutionary and social psychology), person-centred therapist, mindfulness trainer and meditation practitioner; with each session having at its foundations the qualities of encouragement, warmth, empathy and hope.

Areas of my work include:

  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Despair
  • Life crisis
  • Loss of sense of self
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress
  • Sexual identity
  • Traumatic life experiences

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Counselling Studies 
  • MA Cantab
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training 
  • Client Centred Certificate in Couple Therapy 
  • Certificate in Person Centred Group Work
  • Adv. Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy 

Areas of work have included:

Therapist: Trinity Hall Cambridge, Cambridge University Staff Counselling Service, NHS, GP, private practice.

Supervisor: Partner and core trainer with Cambridge Supervision Training, private practice.

Group Work: My work as a group facilitator has included the setting up and facilitation of personal development groups, specific themed groups and counsellor supervision groups both privately, within the NHS and the University of Cambridge Staff Counselling Service

Workshops and Training: I have provided workshops and training packages to the NHS, other counselling organisations, staff at Cambridge University and within educational settings. Workshops and Training packages  have been bespoke, depending on the needs and requirements of the organisation:

  • Listening Skills - basic, intermediate, advanced
  • Stress - including aetiology, causes of, development of personal stress plan, ways of managing
  • Relaxation - including visualisations, physical movement, guided imagery
  • Well-being - including maximising potential, increasing capacity, increasing resilience

Mindfulness: My work as a Mindfulness trainer has been both with individuals and in group settings; creating individual working plans and leading workshops that focus both on the underpinning philosophy of Mindfulness and on the practice of Mindfulness itself.

Professional commitment: My own ongoing personal and professional development has always been and continues to be an important part of my working ethics.

Publications: Counselling in the workplace: How time-limited counselling can effect change in well-being. (84 – 92 Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 12, 2, 2012) Collins J, Gibson A, Parkin S et al

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£80.00 - £95.00

Additional information

Individual therapy - £80.00

Relationship therapy - £95.00

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

In person

Monday: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm


Thursday: 10am, 11.30am

Occasional online sessions outside of these hours may be available on request.

Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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The office is on the first floor with free parking nearby either on road or in a nearby car park. The office does not have a lift. If accessibility is a problem please let me know and I would be happy to meet remotely.

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Sarah Parkin
Sarah Parkin