Sarah McMichaelPsychodynamic counsellor
The aim of therapy would be twofold : building a trusting reliable relationship where it feels possible to share thoughts, feelings and your experiences of situations both past and present and to have these heard and understood with kindness and compassion can be an invaluable process . We can also work and think together to help you gain greater insight and understanding, so that you may develop more awareness for the future which in turn can create new and more fulfilling future possibilities. The focus and the pace of the work will be guided by you and your needs. We can meet for short term focused counselling, or longer term, more in-depth, psychotherapy once or twice a week; what feels right for you is something that we can talk and think about together in the initial assessment .
I work with individuals dealing with a wide range of issues, such as stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
My home-based private practice is about 10 minutes walk from either Richmond or Kew Gardens station .
At present due to Covid I offer online sessions via Zoom. When the rules change and at a time that feels comfortable for you I can welcome you to my consulting room.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Initial assessment of 1 hour : £85
Ongoing once weekly 50 minute sessions : £75
More than once weekly (up to x2) can reduce the session costs
Training and qualifications
Qualifications: BSc in Psychology and BA English Literature
MA English Literature
MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck College, London.
Registered Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have worked as a counsellor for over 20 years in many varied settings. This includes 11 years within the NHS and 6 years in London Russell Group universities as a counsellor and specialist mental health mentor to students of all ages.
Current position : lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust .
Previously I have lectured at Birkbeck, WPF therapy (both MSC psychotherapy training courses) and the Counselling Foundation (Introduction to Counselling Certificate course) .