Hello, my name is Sarah and welcome to my site. Please take the time to look around to get a sense of me and the kind of therapist I am.
I am an English psychological therapist living and practicing in Toulouse, France. I offer individual psychotherapy or couples therapy for adults aged 18 onwards. As an integrative psychological therapist, I seek to offer a safe, supportive, confidential space that is separate from your everyday life where you can talk about and explore what is on your mind.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy at my consulting rooms near Toulouse, France, although you do not have to live in France to work with me – I also offer psychological counselling and psychotherapy online via Skype or telephone and we can discuss if this would be suitable based on your circumstances.
My training & memberships
My qualifications include an MSc in Psychology and I am completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology with the well-respected Metanoia Institute in London. Upon completion of this training, I will be a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and fully accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Training with the Metanoia Institute is seen to be among the most demanding and is highly respected in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
I am a post-graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered trainee member with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). I abide by the UKCP and BPS strict ethical frameworks for good practice in ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy’. Within these, I am required to maintain client confidentiality and attend regular supervision of my clinical practice so that I conscientiously provide my clients with an ethically sound and professional service.
Although I am counsellor and psychotherapist in the UK, I am in the process of having my qualifications recognised in France by the Ministre de Enseignement Supérieur so that I can practice with the title of psychologue and psychothérapeute. In the meantime, I am practicing with the title of “counsellor,” which is not a regulated title in France.
I work with individuals and couples, offering counselling and psychotherapy support with a wide range of problems. The sorts of things people may bring to counselling include, but is not limited to:
- Current relationships at home or at work
- Difficulties living as an Expat
- Family and relationship issues
- Family estrangement
- Conflict, anger and conflict resolution
- Difficulties from childhood e.g. adversity, abandonment
- Critical and punishing parents
- Burnout and collapse of a professional function
- Work-related difficulties
- Dealing with change
- Life-stage events
- Abuse and trauma (PTSD)
- Panic attacks
- Chronic illness
- Bereavement and loss
- Eating difficulties
- Identity issues e.g. culture, ethnicity, sexuality
- Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
- Mental health difficulties
All of these reasons, and more, may bring a person to therapy. However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to seek counselling and psychotherapy. It may be that you would like support dealing with a life change, or are in need of support with a relationship difficulty, or have a specific event or problem you are facing that you would like to talk through with someone who is removed from your personal circumstances. I also have experience in working with English-speaking expats and people living abroad and the particular difficulties this can introduce.