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Sarah Van Gogh MBACP (Accred) BA Hons

London, SE18
0773 165 6682 0773 165 6682 0773 165 6682 0773 165 6682 Registered / Accredited

About me

I have been a counsellor since 1999, and gained BACP-accreditation in 2001. I have experience of working with clients from varied backgrounds on a wide range of issues, for long and short term contracts.

As well as having a private practice, I am a tutor on a counselling diploma course at the Revision Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy in North London. I worked for many years as a counsellor and trainer for the charity 'Survivors UK' which supports men who have experienced sexual violation, and my book about this area, "Helping Male Survivors of Sexual Violation to Recover" was published in April 2108.

Before training as a counsellor, I worked for ten years in the fields of community health and theatre-in-education; and before this work, I gained a degree in English from Cambridge University.

In my work I offer an approach that gives clients a contained, confidential space to look back at their past experiences, explore their current situation, and look ahead to their future. My therapeutic approach is one that takes a holistic view of an individual, and includes the body, the mind, the emotions, and what could be called the soulful or creative element to life.

I currently work with individuals over the age of 18, and do not offer sessions for those under 18, couples or families.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Honours Degree, English (1988)

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Theories in Counselling (1996)

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling (1998)

Post Grad Diploma in Montessori Education (2000)

City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching in Adult Education (2009)

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.


I offer sessions that last an hour for £55.00.

Further information

My book on effectively supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse came out in April 2018, published by Jessica Kingsley.

Reviews for “Helping male survivors of sexual violation to recover – an integrative approach. Stories from therapy”:

'A powerful and engaging book...,Sarah shares the minutiae of the work so that we can truly get under the skin of male survivors and understand their experiences with compassion and clarity.'     Dr Estela Welldon, Founder & Honorary Life President International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

'Readers will be extremely moved by Sarah van Gogh's compassion for male survivors of abuse and trauma, and clinical practitioners will learn a great deal from her many years of experience.'     Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health, Centre for Child Mental Health, London.

'Using a delicate sensibility but not shirking harsh realities, Sarah Van Gogh skilfully navigates neurobiology, trauma and dissociation alongside both classic and innovative therapeutic approaches. We are taken to the heart of male survivors' struggles, always respectfully, never voyeuristically, in work that gives hope for the curative power of intimate safe therapeutic relationships after profound trauma.'   Graham Music, PhD, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre, London.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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