Sarah Pettifer

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Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1QD
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I'm Sarah (and Astrid) if you are reading this then chances are you feel anxious, depressed or not yourself in some way. Maybe you've got some ideas of what's wrong, maybe it all feels overwhelming and hard to piece together. Either way, I hope I might be helpful, offering a non judgemental, empathic space where we can explore together and make sense of what's happening for you. 

Sometimes it can be hard to name your feelings, you might not always be aware of them or able to feel them in your body. Sometimes you might have really strong feelings that are so intense it is scary. Although I work with feelings, I also work with thinking and doing and being, to me that is being truly Person centred - I see you as a whole person, without pressure to focus only on feelings.

If you have got this far great, if it sounds like we could work together then I'd love to hear from you. I offer and can arrange with you a free 15 minute phone call (or email if phones aren't for you) to give you chance to ask any questions and decide if we are a good fit.

As you might expect, I am fully qualified, insured, accredited by BACP and experienced as a therapist (8 years and counting!) I've worked with all sorts of people (over 16) and have a background working with charities, teaching Counselling and some NHS work too. 

I'm part of the LGBTQI+ community and have lived experience of Neurodivergence, a parent/pet parent, I'm a little quirky (I've got blue hair, so you might have been wondering!) that doesn't mean you need to be any of those things too but I have lived and learned experience that could be helpful to our shared understanding. It also means being non-judgemental comes pretty naturally. I have worked a lot with people who have experienced trauma, burnout and addiction. I'm very much ND affirming, LGBTQI+ affirming and poly/kink affirming.

We can do in person meetings in my home therapy space (upstairs room unfortunately) or we can do video or phone calls if you prefer, I'm located in central Burton, very close to the A38 so also easy to access from Derby and Lichfield. 

Thanks for looking/reading/considering me.


Training, qualifications & experience

  •  CPCAB Diploma Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Counselling Training The Midlands 
  •  Birth and Beyond Practitioner Worcester University
  • A1 City and Guilds NVQ Assessor Award Burton College
  •  Certificate in Delivering FE Learning (introductory) Burton College

I worked for a long time for a well known charity, with clients who have complex needs including personality disorders, neurodiversity, addiction, LGBTQI+, trauma and various mental/physical health challenges.I have experience working with people who have had children removed, people who have spent time in prison, current and past addicts and those who have struggled to access NHS provision for mental health for various reasons. I wholeheartedly believe in a boundaried and consistent person centred approach - building each unique individual relationship holistically.

 I have been responsible for delivering levels 2, 3 and 4 programmes (CPCAB) both as lead tutor and co tutor on L4. I have also worked with NHS Counselling Services.

I regularly attend CPD and have certificates in working with Trauma, Addiction, Survivors of CSE, Autism, Delivering pre-trial therapy, working remotely and more.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a 10% discount on block booking 6 sessions.

I also offer a reduced rate for Counselling students of £30 per hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I work in a purely person centred way so I don't set the agenda for our sessions, I aim to help you zone in on a focus or we dig into a topic you may already be aware of and wanting to discuss.

I do not use work sheets or set homework, I like to respond in real time to what is happening in session. If you are someone who likes to express themselves creatively I am happy for us to use paper/pens/playdough or other creative media. I am also stim friendly so if you need to fidget or move in our sessions we can talk about what will help you feel comfortable.

23 Bromley Close, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1QD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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Sarah Pettifer
Sarah Pettifer