Sarah Stansfield

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Tiverton EX16 & Lyme Regis DT7
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About me

I am a qualified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapist & Counsellor with 20 years therapeutic experience. I run a practice called “RUAH” (Hebrew for ‘Breath, Life, Soul’), a community interest company (CIC), offering integrative psychotherapy & counselling to:

  • adults
  • young people (13-18)
  • children (4-12)

& equine-guided psychotherapy to young people and adults.


My approach draws on the understanding that we are relational at heart: we are created to connect to ourselves, to others and to our wider environment. When these connections are ruptured, through misattunement, neglect, trauma or abuse, we protect ourselves by building defences that, though initially necessary, may begin to hinder our capacity to live fully. I believe that healing occurs best in the presence of an understanding, compassionate, attuned person who is able to offer a reparative experience and guide you towards wholeness. My role is to create a safe, containing therapeutic space for you to be able to explore the issues that are impeding life. Working at your pace, I can support you in deciding on any changes you might choose to make, enabling you to discover a new way of being that deepens understanding and enriches your connection with yourself and your wider community.

I work creatively, drawing on a range of approaches including sandtray, clay and artwork when appropriate, as experience has shown me that we are often able to discover our deepest truths more easily when we draw on the wisdom of our imagination.

I have experience in working with:

  • attachment difficulties
  • developmental & adult onset trauma (PTSD)
  • eating disorders
  • anxiety-related difficulties
  • panic attacks
  • OCD
  • self-harm
  • depression
  • bereavement & loss
  • relationship difficulties
  • identity concerns

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Memberships

  • UKCP reg
  • MBACP (Accred)
  • LEAP

Professional Qualifications & Training*

  • LEAP Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
  • MA in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • PG Diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy, PTUK, Dublin*
  • PG Diploma in Pastoral Counselling
  • Foundation Course in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice

From October 2008 to June 2019 I was responsible for overseeing the Counselling Service in a large Somerset boarding school working predominantly with 13 - 18 year olds from diverse cultural backgrounds. Prior to this I worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including a local Devon primary school with children aged 4-11, boarding schools in Surrey and charities offering affordable counselling to adults in Surrey and Exeter. I ran a small private practice working with children, young people and adults. Prior to becoming a therapist, I trained as a teacher and spent several years working with children aged 7-13.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling or Psychotherapy £50 per 50 minute session

Equine-Guided Psychotherapy £90 per 1.5hr session

Evening appointments (Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays 6-8PM) and Saturday appointments (8-11AM) £60 per 50 minute session. Tiverton location only.

I offer bursaries for those unable to offer full fees. Proof of status will be required.

When I work

EX16 location: Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 8AM - 8PM

DT7 location: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9AM - 5PM

EX16 Saturday appointments sometimes available 8AM - 11AM

Further information

I see children, young people and adults for counselling & psychotherapy in a peaceful location near Uplyme, Dorset DT7 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9AM - 5PM and on my smallholding near Tiverton EX16 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 8AM - 8AM.

Equine-guided Psychotherapy sessions are held at my smallholding near Tiverton EX16.

I offer an initial 40min meeting free of charge so that you can decide, without obligation, whether I am the right therapist for you. In this meeting I will ask you what it is that is causing you concern and what your hopes for therapy are. I will also explain how I work in more detail. If we decide another therapist would be a better fit, I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

I am accredited with UKCP and BACP and abide by their code of ethics. To ensure I am offering you the best possible support, I receive monthly supervision and undertake regular continuing professional development.

Tiverton, Devon, EX16

Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Devon, DT7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Additional languages


Sarah Stansfield
Sarah Stansfield