Sarah Payler

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PG Dip. Psych, FPC, BPC (accred.)
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Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 3PP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me


People come to see me for many different reasons. They may be struggling with their relationships, at home or at work, or they may be feeling anxious, sad, vulnerable or down. Painful and difficult feelings may have arisen as a response to a recent loss, change or an emotional crisis, but they could also be underlying and deep rooted.

I offer a confidential, calm and reflective space where together we can make sense of the feelings and thoughts that trouble or concern you. It's a time and place away from the pressures of everyday life, a place where you can be yourself, find yourself. Being heard and understood, thinking about feelings which may be too difficult to face alone, can be an empowering experience that frees you to connect more deeply with yourself and with others.

Whether you are in crisis, stuck in a painful relationship or struggling with emotional difficulties that won't seem to go away, therapy can help you understand yourself in a rich and deep way so that you can better face the challenges that life inevitably brings.

My Approach

I practise from a psychodynamic perspective. This means that we'll work together to get to the heart of what is troubling you. We'll look at what is going on for you in the light of the present and also the past.

Some of the feelings, thoughts and experiences that you struggle with today may clearly be connected to the situations or relationships you find yourself in, but others may spring from an unconscious part of yourself; an inner world of forgotten feelings or unresolved experiences that influence the way you think and feel today.

As we reflect together, on whatever is on your mind, we can start to understand how underlying emotional conflicts impact on you and your relationships. The insights gained can be profound, freeing you to resolve your difficulties and find fresh ways of approaching life.

Short or long term work?

I offer open-ended therapy meaning that we won't fix a number of sessions at the beginning. We'll continue working together until we come to a point when you feel ready to move on without therapy.

I am also able to offer short term counselling (6 -12 sessions) which can be effective in dealing with recent onset difficulties such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or redundancy.

What to do next?

It is not unusual to feel unsure about starting therapy. I understand this and am trained to help you with the process. I offer you an initial consultation which may last over two sessions. This consultation(s) provides us with an opportunity to meet, for me to understand what is troubling you, and for you to see if I am the right therapist for you.

Please do call or email. We can then have a brief talk on the phone and arrange a meeting.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

I am a fully qualified, registered and experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I undertook a specialist five-year training at WPF Therapy, London, then one of the UK's most respected and rigorous psychodynamic training institutions. This training involved working with a wide range of psychological difficulties, extensive supervision and ongoing personal psychotherapy and analysis. I have continued my professional development through courses with, for example, the British Psychotherapy Foundation, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Society for Analytical Psychology. 

Member Organisations

  • Registered psychodynamic psychotherapist with:
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
  • Oxfordshire Therapy and Self Development Centre (OTS)
  • British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)

 I work according to the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct of the British Psychoanalytic Council and abide by their code of ethics and complaints procedure. This can be found on their website at or by contacting them

By phone: 020 7561 9240

In writing: the British Psychoanalytic Council, Suite 7, 19 - 23 Wedmore Street, London


I have worked with adults who face a wide range of psychological and emotional problems including anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, loss, spirituality, psychosomatic problems, identity issues, trauma, relationship and family problems.

For many years I have been a therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London, and at The Oxford Women's Counselling Centre. I have also worked as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care. I continue my links with OWCC as an Assessor.


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 Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

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

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British Psychoanalytic Council

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£60.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

The initial consultation

The initial consultation may last a little longer than a normal therapy session... up to an hour. A second initial consultation lasts for 50 minutes and is charged from £60.00

Regular ongoing sessions

Regular 50 minute sessions take place at the same time and on the same day each week and are charged from £60.00

A reduction may be offered for twice weekly therapy. Please ask for further details.

Corporate or organisational-funded psychotherapy is also available. I am registered with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Vitality and Healix private healthcare providers.

I have a small number of concessionary places.

Please email me for more details.

When I work

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Further information

My Location

Charlbury practice

My Charlbury practice is within easy reach of Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Witney, Burford, Kingham, Great Tew, Churchill, Chadlington, Spelsbury, Finstock, Ramsden, Hailey, Fawler, Stonesfield, Combe, Begbroke, Yarnton

By car

Free on street parking outside my practice and free carpark at The Spendlove Centre a few minutes walk away.

By bus or by train

Buses run every hour from Chipping Norton, Hanborough, Woodstock, Oxford, Witney. The bus stop is 300 metres from the practice.

I am less than a 10 minute walk from Charlbury Railway Station. Trains run hourly from Oxford, Hanborough, Kingham, Moreton in the Marsh.

Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 3PP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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