Sorayya Sainsbury

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MSc , BCBA, UKBA (cert), MBACP
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Cardiff, CF10
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story!

I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for, while experiencing yourself in new ways. Life is too short to surrender to fears, be controlled by past trauma, hold grudges, surrender to discrimination, feeling sad or be anxious all the time. All kinds of people struggle with a variety of issues, such as: family issues, panic attacks, work stress or life transitions, just to name a few. I want you to be free of emotional pain, break out of negative behavioural patterns, be able to deal with whatever life brings, and find meaning in all life areas. My approach is person-centred, inclusive and integrative. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you.

I am a Psychotherapist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). My passion is to help adults struggling with anxiety disorders (inc. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Phobias, etc.), depression, disorders related to trauma, low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, and many more.

I will draw from a range of therapies and interventions to help you overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of you being the person you want to be. I specialise in Clinical Behaviour Analysis, which encompasses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I am also currently seeking certification in Schema Therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my career in Mental Health in 2009, I now have 2 degrees: BSc Psychology and MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy. To certify, I also completed 1500 hours of clinical supervised hours. I have worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, charities, psychiatric wards, prisons, schools, universities, foster care and adoption system. The array of settings and populations over the years, have allowed me to identify where my love lies: helping adults who are in distress with their mental health.

I am a registered member of the BACP, BACB and UK-SBA.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My approach to therapy incorporates elements of counselling, however, we actively identify areas where you need to be actively practicing skills to achieve the change you want. 

For example, you wouldn't go to the gym and stare at the equipment and hope they bring change. You participate, explore and physically get involved. 


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet


In person

Disseminating the science of Clinical Behaviour Analysis in the field of Adult Mental Health

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Sorayya Sainsbury
Sorayya Sainsbury