Sarah Dean Integrative counsellor , OX17

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Hello and I extend a warm welcome to you. 

Sometimes, life can be really tough. Together we can discuss any concerns or what may be troubling you.

How I work

I'm an Integrative Counsellor for Adults and Young People (13+) working in North Oxfordshire.  I work collaboratively with you to create a safe and warm environment on an open ended and regular basis. I believe we all have the potential to grow and flourish only sometimes,  a helping hand to have a more fulfilling way of life is needed.

Life stressors and events can be very challenging and a lonely experience. It may be through exploring current difficulties affecting your well-being, where some may be rooted in past experiences. We could gently explore these and understand the connections to the “here and now” of your life, if we agree it appropriate. Talking to and listening is not the only way to communicate; I work creatively and together we can find other ways for you to express yourself.

Together, we can build a relationship where you experience empathic understanding and feel understood - as if I'm in your shoes; genuine where it's OK say, think and feel what is and also importantly, that you aren't being judged, discriminated nor marginalised by me.  I work with all ethnicities, religious beliefs (or none), where difference is celebrated.

Issues I work with

Abortion, Adoption, Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Child related issues, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Family Issues, Generalised anxiety disorder, Guilt, Loss, Low self esteem and confidence, Miscarriage, Neonatal death, Passive-Aggressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Peer, Parental and Exam pressure, Physical abuse, Pregnancy and Birth, Redundancy, Relationship Issues, Self harm, Sexual abuse, Sexuality, Shame, Stillbirth and Sudden Infant Death, Suicidal Thoughts/Ideation and Victims of Domestic Violence.

Getting in touch

I am contactable via telephone and email; all methods are secure and confidential. I shall reply as soon as I can if you leave me a message.  In order to respect your confidentiality, please let me know your preferred method - i.e is it OK to phone and leave a message, or email/text you?

The beginning of our relationship

The first session is about exploring whether I am the right therapist for you and can be a one off; it usually lasts for about 90 minutes and we identify what may be going on for you now and what your main concerning issues are.  We can then discuss what your expectations and goals are, from counselling if we decide we are able to work together.  Sessions thereafter are between 50 and 60 minutes long. My practice in Anyho offers more flexibility regarding days and times.

For parents/carers for adolescents under the age of 18

For parents/carers of young people under the age of 18, I offer regular review sessions and costs £60 for a 60 minute session. You can address any concerns you may have and these occur outside your young person's session. However, due to the nature of my relationship with your young person, I am ethically bound to maintain confidentiality unless I have explicit consent to share.

How long do I need to be in therapy?

This is dependent on you and our work together. However, regular review sessions can be beneficial to discover what's changed, or what hasn't.


As a qualified and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I abide and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You can explore what you can expect of me by following this link:  I attend regular clinical Supervision to promote and safeguard my practice and attend professional development days to uphold my professional standards.

Client Testimonials -  

"I came to see Sarah last year when in 'crisis' and looking for someone to help me navigate my way through.  I immediately felt at ease with her kind and gentle manner and entrusted myself to work with her.  It was the best decision  I have made. 

Sarah creates a supportive and accepting environment where she draws upon  creative and poignant methods to help work through and overcome challenges and problems you are facing.

It is no exaggeration to say that the work that I have done with Sarah has been life-changing in a wholy positive and enjoyable way.  I encourage anyone who is seeking a safe space to work through their problems to speak with Sarah."  By Kirsten L, 44, Helmdon, August '19

"Sarah has helped me come so far in only a short amount of time.  Not only has she helped me but she successfully taught me how to help myself.  I have always felt so comfortable talking to her and at ease in her company.  She has helped me overcome so many struggles I have faced throughout my life and come to peace with them.  I don't know where I would be now had I not met her."
By CK in Buckingham, age 18.  August '18

" I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a friendly counsellor who not only helps to organize and discuss specific life events but also empathizes with you without judgment or pressure to share. She is truly a joy to work with and get to know. She will offer alternative views on certain situations/emotions that give clarity and a sense that a weight has been lifted. I would advise anyone seeking a friendly face with open ears and love in her heart to contact Sarah".  ET, 20, Banburyshire.  June '19.



Training and qualifications

Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Richmond Adult Community College, London.

NCFE Level 3 Certificate: Counselling Skills and Theory.

NCFE Level 2 Certificate: Award in Helping Skills.

Recent workshops and training:

Supporting Women through the Menopausal Transition, Riverside Counselling Service, Henley-on-Thames, 2019

Dreams and recurrent childhood nightmares, Riverside Counselling Service, Henley-on-Thames, 2019

Photographs & Therapy - when a client hands you their phone, Riverside Counselling Service, Henley-on-Thames, 2018

Psychopharmacology and Therapy - a difficult relationship, Banbury Therapeutic Training Centre, 2018

Working with the Anxious Client, Banbury Therapeutic Training Centre, 2017

Pregnancy Loss, Banbury Therapeutic Training Centre, 2016

Cruse, Bereavement Care, Oxford
Bereavement Support Group Facilitation, 2016

Awareness in Bereavement Counselling, 2015

Youthline, Bracknell, 2015 and 2014
Young People and the meaning of Self Harm and Depression

Young People, Sex and Sexuality

Young People and the meaning of Self Esteem

Shame and Self harm

London Therapy Foundation, 2015
Introduction to CBT

Work Experience:

Self employed Counsellor

Youthline, Bracknell

BSHounslow, Brentford

Teens & Toddlers, London


My fees are £45.00 per 50-60 minute session and £65.00 for an initial one-off 90 minute session where we can discover if we are a good client-counsellor fit.

I aim to offer concessions which is dependent on your financial situation.  Fees are payable on the day by cash or bank transfer; for young people under the age of 18, payment for three sessions in advance is required, once we have agreed we can work together.




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