Dr Sarah Shillingford

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CPsychol PGDip BSc hons. HCPC, BPS, EMDR.
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Hornchurch, RM11
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Are you feeling overwhelmed and out of control?

Perhaps you're used to looking after everyone else and don't know how to prioritise your own needs.

Have you had traumatic experiences that have made it difficult to build or maintain relationships with others?

Things can be different.

Therapy can help.

I can help.

Just by reading this, you have taken a really important step in your journey. I am a trauma specialist and can help with difficulties associated with all kinds of trauma, this includes birth trauma and helping you if you are an adult survivor of childhood trauma.

I work in a culturally sensitive way.

I am an experienced psychologist. My aim is to come along side you to support you in addressing difficulties that are preventing you from living the life you want.

Get in touch for a free 15 minute consultation to explore how we can work together to help you to thrive and move forward with hope.

"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:

Levels one, two and three in 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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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adult survivors of childhood trauma

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£100.00 - £250.00
Free initial online session

Health Insurance/EAP

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

Additional information

I offer a free initial 15 minute session


Online and in person.

50 minute individual session - £100
50 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

Monday evenings via video from 7pm

Wednesday in person and via video until 3pm

Thursday evenings via video from 6pm

Friday in person and via video until 2pm

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

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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There is a step free entrance to my clinic room.

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