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About me

Hi my name is Sarah.

Please ask any questions when contacting me, it is important that you have all the information that you need before booking a session.

I work with adults and young people/families.

Usually 12 weeks minimum is recommended for most people, for the counselling to be effective in the long term.

If you’ve experienced childhood abuse and/or other traumatic experiences, some clients will prefer to have longer in therapy.
You are in control of how much time you need to be in therapy and when you want to stop.

Weekly sessions help the therapeutic process, however, fortnightly sessions may work for some people to help budget the cost and juggle a busy life.

People from many different backgrounds seek counselling/therapy everyday. They find it useful to work through many challenging issues of relationships in life, emotions and significant life changing events.

Relationship problems - You may be having difficulties getting along with your partner in marriage or relationships or with others in general. Talking to a Counsellor can help you gain a clearer perspective and help you to understand your own and other peoples behaviour, feelings and thoughts. I am trained in working with couples.

Loss/Bereavement- Losing someone whether it is through separation or death, whether it was expected or not, often creates some distress. Loss can be increasingly difficult to deal with depending on the unique relationship we held with that person. Also other contributing factors would be if you are secure or insecure in your self and life.
Loss also can include loss of physical ability, loss of employment or home.
In whatever way loss affects you, if you are struggling to cope, therapy can support you with the process of the loss.

Family Issues - we may be struggling with getting on with family members. Working through feelings and thoughts can help us accept what has happened and what we cannot change and what we can.

Redundancy/work issues

It is a big fear for many people at this present time. You may benefit from some short term counselling to help you cope and cross the bridge to find out where to go next in your life.

Feeling anxious? Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge can affect enjoying life and doing things we want too.
Let’s explore your anxiety and find the roots causes .

Depression/feeling low - the reasons for depression are different for us all, however we have similar symptoms. Feeling exhausted, lacking in motivation, generally not feeling well and good in ourselves. Exploring the root cause with a counsellor is one way to take a step forward to find insight and understanding.

Feeling lonely is often part of depression, feeling guilty, tearful, stuck and much more.

Social anxiety
This is more than feeling shy. Feeling an unbearable fear of going to the shops, talking to people especially strangers or speaking on the phone. These are all signs of social anxiety. Counselling can help by exploring and understanding the root causes of these feelings and thoughts. Finding new ways to manage and reduce the intensity of the fears, over time will help you to feel more at ease.

The reasons are not exhaustive, so please do contact me if you would like to discuss any other concerns.

Counselling for young people/Children

Having worked with children and families for the past 15 years I now work with children therapeutically.

I offer creative ways for young people/children to express their emotions in the sessions.

Times have changed so much and the demand of school and social media are impacting on wellbeing.

Demands on parents through the pandemic and lockdown may be adding to challenges of raising a family.

I work with a ‘No Shame, No Blame approach’.
My approach with parents and their children/young people is to strengthen bonds, offer emotional validation and support children and YP to be themselves.

Many parents are parenting separately, this is an area that I have a great deal of experience in.

About MeI work with my clients best interest at all times.

The therapeutic relationship is important to me, in that you, the client feels safe and valued.

This allows for us to develop an openness and honesty in the time provided.

I offer a professional, friendly and warm service, offering patience and integrity.

Combined with my personal qualities, this enables me to offer a highly skilled and effective service.

I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, with a non judgemental approach.

I have extensive personal and professional experience, training, education and knowledge in working with a wide range of challenges we face in life. Whether this may be an internal struggle within, or external factors.

I have worked together with adults and families for over 15 years in different settings such as the IAPT services, Family Action with Separated Parents,  Children's Centres, Family Support , MInd and Alcohol Services, young people services, student support services.

I have a grounded, realistic approach when working with others.

I believe whatever your reason for wanting counselling/therapy is yours and yours alone, there is no set criteria.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Current- DBT
  • Couples Counselling February18 - September 19 Tavistock For Depression
  • Working with Children Dip May 2016 - September 2016 Lindum college
  • Stress Management DipMarch2015 - April2016 Stonebridge
  • BSC Therapeutic CounsellingSept 2011- July 2013 Leeds Met
  • PTTLS July 2011 Northern College 
  • Leadership and Management Jan 2011 - Feb 2011 Northern College
  • Working with Parents Jan 2010 - July2010 Northern College
  • Triple P Level 4 June 2007 - June 07
  • Diploma in Counselling Sept 2007 - June 09 Barnsley College
  • Level 4 Counselling awareness Sept 2006 - Sept 07 Dearne Valley
  • Group work skills Sept 1998 - June 1999      
  • Action for Children Diploma in NNEB Sept95 - June 98 Doncaster College
  • Couples Counselling February18 - September 19 Tavistock
  • Working with ChildrenDip May 2016 - September 2016 Lindum college
  • Stress Management Dip March2015 - April2016 Stonebridge
  • BSC Therapeutic Counselling Sept 2011 - July 2013 Leeds Met
  • PTTLS July 2011 - July 2011 Northern College
  • Leadership and Management Jan 2011- Feb 2011 Northern College
  • Working with Parents Jan 2010 - July2010 Northern College
  • Triple P Level 4 June 2007 - June 07                         
  • Diploma in Counselling Sept 2007 - June 09 Barnsley College
  • Level 4 Counselling awareness Sept 2006 - Sept 07 Dearne Valley
  • Group work skills Sept 1998 - June 1999
  • Diploma in NNEB Sept 95 - June 98 Doncaster College
  • Counselling couples for depression (Tavistock)
  • Working with Children Diploma (Bacp endorsed )
  • Stress Management
  • Bsc Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling ABC
  • Group work skills
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Working with Parents Level 3 City and Guilds
  • ILM award in leadership and management skills
  • Accredited in the Triple P Positive Parenting in group and individual sessions
  • NNEB Diploma
  • PTSD
  • Identifying child sexual abuse
  • Child sex exploitation
  • Dance and Drama Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Solution focused
  • Working with older people

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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From £35.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

For individuals/families on low income /students only please enquire
Concessions spaces are considered on request for people on a low income and students, please ask when enquiring. There is no need to provide evidence or proof of income, this is provided on a trust and individual basis.

Also booking fortnightly sessions can help a person to budget and manage a busy work schedule with therapy.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am available Monday -Thursday 9-6pm with some out of hour exceptions. 

Further information

My experience, skills and training are based in working with the following:-

  • Mild/severe Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol issues
  • Low self esteem, confidence
  • Family relationships
  • Childhood issues
  • Bereavement
  • Mental health
  • Relationships
  • Separation and divorce
  • working with young people/children
  • Self harm
  • Social anxiety
  • older people

26 Royston Avenue

AlderTree Therapy House
Mere Lane
South Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sarah May Thorpe BSC MBACP

Sarah May Thorpe BSC MBACP