Sarah Westlake MBACP Accredited, MBPsS

Sarah Westlake  MBACP Accredited, MBPsS

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City Psychotherapy Service
64 Great Eastern Street

07775 906510

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City Psychotherapy Service
64 Great Eastern Street

07775 906510

About me

I am a friendly and experienced therapist of couples and individuals and do this work in my room in Shoredtich or on Skype. I also supervise clinical practice and work as a tutor on psychodynamic counselling training courses.

I understand it can be hard to approach a counsellor for the first time, and I have an open and non judgemental manner. Counselling supports you at times of uncertainty and distress and gives you understanding about your own emotional responses to life events and the skills to cope in times of stress. I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you have time to think and make sense of your feelings and start to identify a way forward and grieve what has passed.

We can either focus on a specific issue that you are aware of, or take time to reflect on how past issues are influencing your current life and behaviour and think about the impact these may have had on you. I work with a wide range of issues some of which include: anger,depression, panic, trauma, anxiety, bereavement, work related distress, motherhood, post natal depression, sexual difficulties, sexual identity,addictions and relationship conflict.
I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist and am trained to work with deep seated feelings that are held in our unconscious. Connecting with these can help you gain a clearer understanding of who you are as an individual, and how to make changes to achieve a life that is more closely connected to your true self rather than continuing with a life you feel stuck with.

I have a varied background in TV and Film production and use this experience to think about the meaning we all give to the visual world and the symbolism we give it.

My work as a counsellor includes:
1. working for the NHS with GP clients in Herts and Beds.
2. working in 3 counselling agencies with open ended clients
3. working at Grove House Hospice, St Albans dealing with bereavement and cancer treatment
4. working on 2 schemes for unemployed clients with issues including,long term invalidity,unfair dismissal,redundancy,bullying,low self esteem, lack of direction and depression
5. in private practice in Borehamwood,Richmond Shoreditch and St Albans
6. Teaching Certificate and Introductory courses at WPF, London Bridge and Counselling Foundation, St Albans
7. Supervising trainee counsellors.

I am also a qualified bodyworker and treat clients with a variety of massage and aromatherapy treatments. I have an interest in our relationship with emotional distress and how this can be expressed through physical symptoms and can help you think about how this and your relationship with your own body.

I receive regular supervision and as a member of the BACP I work to it's Ethical Framework for good practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychology BSc (Hons)
Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling - Relate with Univ of East London
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - WPF
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling-WPF
Certificate in Supervision ( Society for Analytical Psychology)
Award in Education and Training

Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of British Psychological Society

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Shoreditch £75 a session for individuals and £100 a session for couples

Skype sessions for individuals from £50-£75

Supervision £50/session

some low cost slots are available on Skype only: if this would help you receive counselling please ask

Further information

if you find it difficult to atend counselling at one of my locations I can offer Skype or phone sessions

Maps & Directions

London, EC2A 3QR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme