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About me

I am an approachable, experienced Person Centred therapist whose aim is to help alleviate anxiety and get to the roots of the disharmony that you may currently experience in your life. You may be struggling because of a specific incident or relationship(s) or because of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's). Although I am trained in Person Centred Therapy I also incorporate knowledge of Attachment Theory and Childhood Trauma into my approach. This acknowledges the huge impact our early months and years can have on our emotional (and physical) health and well-being.

Please look at my website at www.swtherapy.net for more information.

Alongside running my private practice, in 2015 I set up and led a therapy service for parents for a local charity that supports children and families that have experienced Domestic Abuse. I continue to work for them alongside other agencies offering support to families struggling with abuse and trauma.

I am happy to work short term as I do appreciate that committing to therapy long term is a big financial and emotional commitment. However you may require more than this and it can sometimes take time to reach the depths where real transformation can happen. If appropriate we would therefor look into the type of nurture you received as an infant and child as this would give us a unique insight into your emotional development. It would also help us to understand how and why you relate to others in the way that you do and armed with that awareness we can work on any changes you may want to make.

All of this would take place in a space in which I’d hope you’d feel really listened to and respected. I believe this is one of the most helpful things one person can do for another. I don't give advice or tell you what to do – although I will offer insights and reflections based on my experience. The emphasis of my approach is on a collaborative, empathic, confidential and open relationship where we can try together to get a better perspective on whatever your problems or worries may be.

Learning to see your situation more clearly and most importantly, cultivating acceptance of yourself in it can take time; it certainly takes commitment and courage so well done for taking this first step. So you know you're in safe hands I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to its strict code of ethics plus have insurance, am DBS checked and have regular clinical supervision.

I work privately from home on the outskirts of Penzance or from Mudita House which is a lovely Victorian terrace town house, nestled between Morrab Gardens, Penlee Park, and the Sea. It has good natural light and a tranquil non clinical atmosphere. It is within easy walking distance of Penzance town centre.

I am from Cornwall and have also spent a long time in London and Sydney, which has given me a wide variety of experience. I am also a mum to two children - a pre teen and a fully fledged teenager - wish me luck!



I have extensive experience of working with parents whose children have witnessed or suffered abuse, neglect and trauma. I offer psycho education/therapy to parents/carers to help them understand the psychological impact of direct or indirect abuse that a child or young person has experienced and encourage them in therapeutic parenting techniques.

I am trained in a therapy called DDP (Dyadic Developmental Practice: Parenting & Psychotherapy) and am becoming certified in this approach. This informs my work with parents on their own or with a parent and child together.

What do the words mean?

‘Dyadic’ means ‘something about two people’. This word was used because this therapy helps people with their relationships with other people. DDP specifically aims to help parents or caregivers and their child make deeper emotional connections with each other. ‘Developmental’ is used because the children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma may have had their emotional, social or cognitive development affected. This therapy aims to work out whether and how your child’s development might have been affected and how you might be able to help your child’s development progress.

What does DDP aim to do?

Create a safe and emotionally containing environment that helps positive relationships     develop between parents or caregivers and their child

Provide a safe space for a child to explore thoughts, feelings and memories, including scary and unpleasant ones

Build trust

Help the parent or caregiver share the child’s emotional experiences and make sense       of them together

Help the child to feel that his or her emotional experiences, thoughts, wishes, feelings, perceptions and motives are accepted and not made light of, or judged, by their parents or caregivers


I also offer Parent/ Infant therapy for Mums (and dads/carers) who would like to learn more about having a positive relationship with their baby. The therapy sessions are with you and your child together, in a safe, confidential and nurturing space where you can explore your feelings and not be judged or told what to

We would work together to attend to the emotional health and development of both you and your child by:

Examining any adverse conditions that exist in your current situation

Looking at your experience of pregnancy and birth plus any previous birth experiences that you have had

Exploring your thoughts/feelings towards the presence and care of your infant

Wondering about your infants experiences and feelings when interacting with you

Allowing you to express any conflicts or emotions you feel when with your infant

Sharing in the observation of the infants growth and development

Looking at any past history of abuse, abandonment, separation and unresolved loss and how this may affect your relationship with your infant.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dyadic Developmental Practice: Psychotherapy & Parenting ( Level 2) 2017

Dyadic Developmental Practice: Psychotherapy & Parenting ( Level 1) 2015

1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling Studies 2012:

The modules included:

Transpersonal Therapy/Nurturing the Soul

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Identity, Diversity and Difference

Ways of working with Rage and Anger

Working with groups

Thesis: How nurture affects to the brain development of infants aged 0-2

Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy 2008.

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies 2006.

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2005.

I have attended courses/seminars on the following:

Reflections on Trauma - Exploring Clinical Approaches with Graham Music 2020

BACP CPD Presentation - Working Online 2019

Level 3 Multi Agency Child Protection Training (Domestic Abuse) 2019

Cornwall Council Core Parenting Programme 2018

Level 1 Safeguarding Adults 2018

Level 3 Multi Agency Child Protection Training (Core course) 2017

Safer Cornwall Basic Drug Awareness Training 2017

Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace (QFC) 2017

Iron Mill College - Connecting through Creativity Conference - Facilitating relationship, healing and wellbeing in the therapeutic professions - 2017

Adult Mental Health First Aid 2 day Course - 2017

Brief Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – 2017

Infant Mental Health conference (2016)

IBA Identification and Brief Advice with Alcohol Users Training (2016)

ASSIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2016)

FGM Awareness for the Voluntary Sector (2016)

PACE for Professionals (2015)

Group 2 Child Protection Refresher Training (2015)

Perinatal Mental Health Study Day (2014)

DASH Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment, Honour-Based Violence Risk Assessment Training (2014)

Understanding Attachment in Children Seminar (2013)

Mindfullness for stress reduction 8 week course (2013)

Introduction to Core Process Psychotherapy (2012)

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parent Infant therapy/counselling

DDP - Dyadic work with a parent(s)/carer(s) and child or young person

DDP informed therapeutic parenting support

Therapies offered

  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Additional information

Sessions last for 50 minutes and ideally take place on a weekly basis.

I work from home in Penzance or on a Monday in Redruth.

I charge £50 for adult sessions

I charge £80 per hourly session for DDP and offer an introductory session at half price (£40.00)




Cornish Therapy Centre
Forth Noweth
TR15 1AU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Sarah Waters 1st Class BA (Hons) Counselling/Dip Counselling & Therapy/MBACP

Sarah Waters 1st Class BA (Hons) Counselling/Dip Counselling & Therapy/MBACP