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CPsychol PGDip BSc hons. HCPC, BPS, BABCP, EMDR. Supervisor

About me

About me
I am a Counselling Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, my purpose is to help you to work through your difficulties and achieve your goals. I am fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL30793), chartered with the British Psychological Society (195197) and accredited with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (120768). I have substantial experience in working with a full range of difficulties associated with anxiety and depression, this includes
adult survivors of childhood trauma (including sexual abuse), stress and grief.

How I work
Due to my wide range of training, I am skilled at working with a number of therapeutic approaches and can cater my approach to reflect your needs. I am trained in CBT, Existential, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Bereavement approaches. I believe that you are an expert in your own life and my aim is to come along side you to support you in addressing difficulties that may prevent you from living the life you want while also helping you to identify your qualities and achievements.

What you can expect in your first session
You will have space to speak about what has caused you to seek therapy and the kind of support you are looking for. I will then make some suggestions about what I think will be most helpful for you, of course your own view of things will be central to this. I offer both time limited and open ended therapy and we can speak about what option might be best for you.

"I found the sessions to be very beneficial, I felt listened to and Sarah always allowed me to express how I felt. Sarah gave me the opportunity at every session to cover anything I particularly thought would be beneficial. This was very positive and every session was professional and made me realise that how I was feeling and behaving was normal - this was very important." L.K., Hornchurch.

"I worked with Sarah to support me through some challenges I was having around anxiety.  Sarah was attentive and highly professional. Sarah’s dynamic approach helped me to develop strategies best suited to my needs.  I am very grateful for her support to re-gain my confidence and tackle my anxiety!" A.M., Canterbury

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked within the therapeutic field for sixteen years in in-patient, out-patient, community and charity settings. My special interests are working with those with PTSD, complex trauma, adult survivors of childhood trauma and those with eating disorders. My qualifications are as follows:

Doctorate: Regent’s College, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma: King’s College, Institute of Psychiatry, Post Graduate Diploma in CBT
First degree: University of Luton, BSc Psychology

Other training includes:

Level one and two EMDR

Complex PTSD Presentations following adult trauma, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Helping survivors of childhood trauma, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
CBT Supervision, King’s College, Institute of Psychiatry, CBT Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sleep problems
Adult survivors of childhood trauma

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£100.00 per session
Free initial online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer a free initial 15 minute session


Online therapy (video) sessions

Self funded face to face online

50 minute individual session - £100
60 minute couples session - £125

Via insurance company, face to face online
Please speak with your insurance company about your level of coverage
50 minute individual session - £100-£210
50 minute couples session - £140 - £250

I am professionally registered with the following insurance companies:
Pru Health/Vitality Health
AXA PPP Healthcare
Standard Life Healthcare
Simply Health
Healix Health Services Ltd.
Exeter Family Friendly

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Video therapy

Wednesday until 3pm

Thursday evenings from 6pm

Further information

Contacting me
The decision to start therapy is the first step in a very important journey. Please feel free to contact me to discuss what kind of support you are looking for. If I am not able to answer your call/email, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

There is a step free entrance to my clinic room in Hornchurch Sports Centre.