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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.

Supervision
I am also available for clinical supervision in individuals and groups.

Support for trainee psychologists
I offer reduced rates for therapy and supervision for trainees on BPS accredited programmes.

Testimonial
"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.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked within the therapeutic field for eleven 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:

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

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.

BABCP

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

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.

BPS

British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sleep problems
Adult survivors of childhood trauma
Living with a long term condition

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Therapy

Online therapy (video) sessions

Self funded face to face online

50 minute individual session - £60
60 minute couples session - £90

Via insurance company, face to face online
Please speak with your insurance company about your level of coverage
50 minute individual session - £100
50 minute couples session - £130

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

Clinical supervision (this includes supervision for research and academic support)
60 minute individual telephone/video session - £60
90 minute video group session - £120 (usually three to four clinicians)

Trainee Counselling Psychologists/Trainee CBT therapists
60 minute trainee individual telephone/video supervision - £40
90 minute face to face group supervision - £100 (three to four trainees)

Availability

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

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Supervision is a key aspect of therapeutic practice, amongst other things it can help you to process issues with clients, reveal blind spots, give you space to reflect on your reactions to clients and provide a safe space for you develop your own style.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Sarah Shillingford CPsychol PGDip BSc hons. HCPC, BPS, BABCP. Supervisor.

Dr Sarah Shillingford CPsychol PGDip BSc hons. HCPC, BPS, BABCP. Supervisor.