Sarai Monk is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in Raynes Park, London

What attracted you to become a therapist? 

I find people so interesting, and have a keen interest in understanding the human condition. I like to make a difference in peoples lives in some way. My mum is a psychotherapist so it is in my blood.

Where did you train? 

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and I have an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex.

What sort of people do you usually see? 


What do you like about being a therapist? 

Having the privilege of coming to know peoples lives and inner worlds. Thinking creatively. 

What is less pleasant? 

It can be emotionally tiring.

How long you’ve been with and what you think of us? 

I’ve only just joined so it’s a little too early to have an opinion yet.

What you do for your own mental health? 

I practice yoga and pilates, and keep fit playing tennis. I get enough sleep and eat healthily. I do things I enjoy on my time off, such as meeting with friends, spending time with family, reading, going to the cinema or theatre or a gig. I spend time in nature, swimming or walking or cycling.

You are a therapist in Raynes Park, SW20. What can you tell us about the area you practice in? 

It’s a multicultural part of London that feels greener, suburban and quieter than central London.

What’s your consultation room like? 

It's in my home, a fairly large room with lots of art on the walls.

What do you wish people knew about therapy? 

I wish people know how therapy can enrich their lives.

What did you learn about yourself in therapy? 

Too much and too nuanced and personal to write here, but let me say that it has brought me to life in ways I never thought possible.