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

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

The Therapy Rooms
Hornchurch Sports Centre
Hornchurch Road
RM11 1JU

07960 469994

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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.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

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



Self funded
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
Simply Health
Healix Health Services Ltd.
Exeter Family Friendly

Clinical supervision
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

Further information

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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Hornchurch, RM11 1JU

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Hornchurch - Wednesday mornings (from 6am)

Types of client

Older adults

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.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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