Sarah Whitford

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MNCPS, BA(Hons) - Social Sciences, Adv.Dip. Counselling
Available for new clients
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Paignton TQ4 & Brixham TQ5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

You do have choices in your life but sometimes seeing the wood for trees is just so difficult and this in itself can cause anxiety and low self-esteem.  You may feel that you have hit rock bottom or pretty close. Depression, grief, anxiety and loneliness can affect anyone at any time.  You may be struggling with loss, family issues, neuro diversity (dyslexia & dyspraxia)  or perhaps a sense that life is not going the way you want it to; through counselling with me you will no longer be on your own.

By taking the first steps to talk to me, you will discover how empowering it feels to talk openly and know that you are being truly listened to without judgement. I offer you a person centred integrated therapeutic approach which focuses on your needs.  I do not believe in a one sided 'ticking the box' approach. I can support you to bring about change with a deeper sense of knowing yourself and how you can feel happier. I always offer kindness, honesty and respect in a world maybe you feel doesn't understand you or want to stop whilst you catch up.

Anxiety can affect every part of your life, particularly relationships, personal and professional. Often in my work with clients I hear how loneliness impacts them and how they feel they are unable to talk with friends or family for fear of judgment or causing upset. This silence can lead to low confidence, depression and feelings of isolation as you carry such a heavy weight in your head and heart.

It’s important for me to help my clients understand why they feel the way they do. Together we explore coping mechanisms that will enable you to move on and feel that you can cope now and in the future. I work with a wide diversity of clients from young adults through to older adults.  I appreciate how life changes can impact an individual no matter what age they are; there is no set criteria for worry and needing someone to talk to.Therapy with me can lead to feeling happier and less restricted in your life. I want to support you to discover what the next stage of your life will be.

Therapy can help build your confidence to voice your true concerns and overturn negative thoughts. If you would like to start the process of understanding the real you and overturning those negative thoughts please message me. No two people are the same and I work with all of my clients as individuals with respect and empathy with a range of therapies to suit you the individual.

Through talking therapy (CBT, Person Centred, Choice & Gestalt (explorative) as well as mindfulness you can release those negative emotions that might be holding you back from important decisions.  I also encourage my clients through visualisation to allow themselves the space to reflect on how they would like their lives to be. 

I warmly invite you to take a look at my website: and see clients' testimonials about how counselling with me has helped them.

Email or text (No initial calls without prior arrangement please)


Training, qualifications & experience

  •  Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CBT, Gestalt & PCT)
  • Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Counselling
  • Diploma in Foundation Bereavement Training (Cruse)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Open 2:1 Social Sciences: (Working with young people and their families, Understanding Social Change, Equality, Participation and Inclusion: Learning from Each Other, Personal Lives and Social Policy).
  • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness.
  • Trauma Informed.
  • Managing Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Safeguarding 
  • Attachment Training.
  • Cruse Bereavement Training
  • Working with Shame
  • Autism Mindfulness

My professional work experience is varied which enables me to see beyond  the restrictions a client may feel in their work life and their personal life too. This diversity has arisen through life throwing me curve balls when least expected. I like to think outside of the box and strive to work around potential barriers with clients with a range of integrated therapies. 

I have extensive experience of working with a range of clients from different cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and ages.  The pressure and expectations on clients in today's society can be overwhelming as they try to adhere to other peoples expectations. I am able to help my ,clients whatever their background overturn their negative thoughts and build a 'wellbeing toolbox' of healthy coping mechanisms and find their true selves. I use an integrative approach of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, mindfulness, |Choice and Gestalt (creative) Therapy.

From my time working within the education system and personal experience, I have a passion for supporting neuro diverse clients and their families.  I have professional and personal experience in helping them see their full potential, building their confidence and striving to achieve their own goals.  No one should be limited by others judgement and stigma.

I have also worked with local charities and within the fostering industry as a therapeutic counsellor. I empathise when a person feels stuck in systems that are not working for them. I can help you work through barriers that are stopping you from feeling good enough and build your self esteem to explore different ways of thinking. 

Grief through loss has always been a significant thread in my therapeutic work, whether it is bereavement, loss of a job, home, health or maybe a relationship. I have lived experience of my world turning upside down through a cancer diagnosis and significant loss.  I understand just how devastating it can be to be faced with trauma and loss of the life you knew. I am happy to share my coping mechanisms and help support you to discover yours.  I will use a range of therapies that suit you. With my support you can build resilience and self belief that you will move forward in your life once more.

I have worked with extreme vulnerability throughout my career and know the power of actively listening to my clients without judgement. I have seen how the safe space I offer my clients empowers them to have a voice and feel trust again. If you feel you do not have a voice then this is the opportunity for you to gain the confidence to start believing in yourself, contact me for support:


Email -

Message ONLY 07485766981 - no calls please.

I offer Zoom (online), telephone and face to face according to my clients' needs. My private practice is within a quiet setting with parking available.

As well as my diverse life/work experiences, I offer all of my clients kindness, understanding and a safe haven in a very fast moving world.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

Due to the cost of living, consideration will be given to potential clients who are struggling financially. I warmly encourage anyone seeking and needing counselling to discuss their needs with me. As a therapeutic counsellor I am here to listen and show empathy and kindness.

Initial 30 minute telephone consultation free.


Concessionary Charges with further discussion.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can accommodate changing work shift patterns. I offer weekly, fortnightly and monthly sessions. Please contact me via text or email to arrange a telephone call.

Further information

I am flexible in my approach to booked sessions so if you feel you cannot fit into the schedule detailed above please contact me so that I can see if I have alternative times.

Last minute bookings can be arranged depending on availability.  I am a believer in proactive measures to promote life balance.

Paignton, Devon, TQ4

Brixham, Devon, TQ5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Sarah Whitford
Sarah Whitford