Dr Sarah Shillingford CPsychol PGDip BSc hons. HCPC, BPS, BABCP. Supervisor.
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 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.
"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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adult survivors of childhood trauma
Living with a long term condition
50 minute individual session - £80
50 minute couples session - £100
Via insurance company
Please speak with your insurance company about your level of coverage
50 minute individual session - £120
50 minute couples session - £140
I am professionally registered with the following insurance companies:
Pru Health/Vitality Health
AXA PPP Healthcare
Standard Life Healthcare
Healix Health Services Ltd.
Exeter Family Friendly
60 minute individual telephone session - £60
60 minute individual face to face session - £80
90 min group session - £160
Trainee Counselling Psychologist individual therapy - £50
Trainee Counselling Psychologist individual telephone supervision - £40
Trainee Counselling Psychologist individual face to face supervision - £50
Trainee Counselling Psychologist group supervision - £100
Both of my therapy rooms are within easy reach of public transport and have reasonably priced parking facilities.
There is a free car park on the approach to Hornchurch Leisure Centre and there are also a number of free parking spaces around the actual leisure centre.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Hornchurch - Wednesday mornings (from 6am)
Types of client
Supervision & training
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.