Dr Sarah Toft
Clinical Psychologist & Supervisor
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With over 18 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 you. 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 (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp) and telephone sessions are available.
Can you use your health insurance?
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies, (Bupa, Axa, Aviva, Vitality, etc) 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 upstairs in a salon in Newark.
The building is close to both train stations and 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)
- Rewind Technique for Trauma (2019)
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.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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?
An initial consultation 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, Axa, Aviva and Vitality, amongst other insurers.
When I work
Available in and outside of office hours.
Mental Health Professional Offer: Clinical Supervision - call or email to discuss current availability.
Corporate Offer: staff Wellbeing, mental health awareness and training for managers and psychological debriefs for critical work-related incidents.