Dr Sarah Toft, Clinical Psychologist & Supervisor
With over 15 years experience working in the NHS and offering a private sector clinic, I have a wealth of experience working with adults to improve their Psychological well-being.
What issues can be helped by therapy?
Issues include; anxiety (worry), panic, insomnia (sleep problems), depression or low mood, work-related stress, PTSD, traumatic histories (including childhood abuse and domestic violence), low self esteem, low self confidence, bereavement and loss, and relationship issues.
It is important to feel comfortable in therapy to gain the most benefit and I am keen to enable you to do so with a warm, empathic approach. We work together to reach your goals; combining psychological thinking and approaches to improve your psychological or mental well-being.
Therapy often involves considering your life experiences and how these have shaped your view of the world, exploring your ways of thinking and responding, in order to work towards your goals and values.
I work on a 1:1 basis and draw on training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to assess, formulate and tailor treatments specific to your needs and goals.
We work together to better understand how the issues which you are seeking help with have developed and how they can be addressed. Sometimes a particular approach might be used such as CBT, but often a combination of approaches is combined, to tailor a treatment specifically for your needs. I undertake regular reviews of the work with you, in order that the focus for therapy is maintained and the sessions continue to meet your needs.
Online (skype or FaceTime) sessions are available where appropriate and following an initial face to face assessment.
Can you use your health insurance?
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies, however as this is continually updated, please contact me to discuss your policy and to check registration details.
Where am I based?
My clinic room is a quiet upstairs room, based in the centre of Newark in a multi-use building.
The building is close to the bus station and to both train stations; there is ample parking within walking distance.
Newark is ideally located for patients wishing to access the service from across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Easy access from the A1 and A46 makes Newark easily commutable from Grantham, Lincoln, Mansfield, etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
What's my training and qualifications?
I have worked for many years in adult mental health services in the NHS and offer a private sector clinic. Through my clinical experience I have expertise in working with adults across a broad spectrum of psychological issues and difficulties.
- BA joint honours psychology, sociology and social anthropology (2i) - University of Keele
- MA community care (learning disabilities) - pass, University of Keele
- Doctorate of clinical psychology - pass, University of Leicester
- Supervision Training and Recognition (STAR) - University of Leicester 2010
- Interpersonal psychotherapy accreditation 2012
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Part 1 (2013)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Part 2 (2013)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Part 3 (2014)
- EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) & EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP), Early EMDR Intervention (2018)
- Critical Incident Stress Management and Peer Support for Workplace Related Trauma (2018)
I also maintain up to date with training specific to safeguarding and receive regular supervision as required as a regulated healthcare professional with the HCPC.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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Initial Telephone Discussion
If you are unsure if therapy might be helpful, why not call for a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs prior to an appointment?
I offer an initial appointment of a minimum 90 minutes duration, this is to gain an understanding of your circumstances and allows us to determine what issues you would like to address and how this might best be achieved. There is no obligation to continue on with therapy after the initial consultation and if it is felt that your needs would be best met through another service or approach, then this will be discussed.
Following an initial consultation, individual self-funded therapy sessions are up to an hour in duration. Therapy sessions are generally offered on a once or twice monthly basis, depending on your particular needs.
Please contact to discuss our current fee rates.
Alongside self funded sessions, we also accept private medical insurance, please contact us to discuss your provider and policy details. We are registered with Bupa and Vitality, amongst other insurers.
A limited number of negotiable concessions are available.
Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Professionals - call or email to discuss current availability.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available in and outside of office hours. Initial appointments are usually available within 10 days or so of email or telephone enquiry.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Clinical Supervision to Clinical Psychologists and other Mental Healthcare Professionals, either face to face in Newark on Trent, via telephone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, with availability outside of office hours where required. .