My name is Sarah Andrews, and I am an experienced, Bupa registered, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. Appointments are in person, by telephone and online. If you are struggling with a complex issue – bereavement, depression, anxiety, etc. – or feel like you need some targeted support for your overall personal development, I am here to look after you and your specific needs. No client is the same, so whether I can help using a short term solution focused approach or provide longer in depth psychotherapy, I am always careful to learn about your particular situation and come up with a way of working that makes sense to you. I can work with a number of issues, delivering personalised therapy for young people, couples, and adults, as well as an EAP service for businesses of all kinds.
If you are curious to know more about the support I can offer you, feel free to get in touch with me to ask any questions.
Working from a person centred base, the relationship between therapist and client is the most important aspect of my work. Building a strong bond based on trust and understanding allows you to feel comfortable enough to speak openly about your issues, so I am always careful to ensure you feel seen, heard, and understood. Once we have an understanding of your situation and what kind of support you need, I will draw from a range of different therapeutic techniques to provide a form of counselling or psychotherapy that is tailored to you. This could include transactional analysis, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy or family systems therapy.
If you are living with depression, I understand how it can feel like your situation can’t improve, but I am here to provide the support you need. My practice is a safe, confidential, non judgemental space for you to bring these feelings out into the open and, over time, replace your negative thought patterns with more positive, realistic ones.
I work with all forms of anxiety, such as generalised anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In a way that is comfortable for you, we will engage with these difficult thoughts and emotions, ultimately getting to their root cause and understanding the role they play in your life.
Everyone grieves in their own way, and there is no right way to do it. You might feel depressed, angry, confused, or simply numb to everything. Whatever your thoughts and emotions are, my practice is a completely private space in which to voice them. This is your space to process the grief you are feeling in any way that feels right, with me supporting you every step of the way.
I am an experienced provider of personalised therapeutic interventions to victims of crime, having worked with the Victims First Specialist Counselling Service across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire for five years. This could include support for people who have experienced sexual abuse, domestic abuse, violence, or any other kind of traumatic event.
Working as a school counsellor has enabled me to better understand the fears and difficulties experienced by young people today. The transition from childhood to adulthood can sometimes be demanding. Building self-esteem and resilience can empower young people to have greater faith in their ability to cope with whatever life challenges they may face. I can provide counselling and psychotherapy to children as young as 11 years old.
I work with people looking for support with their personal development and life direction. It could be that you need help working towards particular goals you have in life, both in the personal and professional arenas. In these instances, I offer a more solution-focused service where you can be challenged and receive personalised guidance.
Along with the above issues, I am qualified to help with a broader range of problems, which include
but are not limited to:
“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”
Ahead of our first meeting, we can have a short, free, no-obligation telephone conversation, giving you the chance to ask me questions and get a feel for how I work before committing to further sessions. The first assessment meeting is all about us getting to know each other and you feeling comfortable enough to explore your problems freely. If you are a returning client or in a crisis and need an appointment immediately, I can offer an emergency one-off counselling session, although I cannot always guarantee an ongoing slot thereafter.
Individual sessions: £60 for 50 minutes (face to face, telephone or Zoom) or £30 for 30 minutes (telephone or Zoom).
Single session counselling (individuals) £60 for 1 hour (face to face, telephone or Zoom).
Couples and family therapy sessions (maximum 2 people) £75 for
1 hour (face to face or Zoom).
Concessions available - please ask.
As someone who had a challenging time growing up, I understand how it feels to lose people close to you. These experiences very much informed my decision to become a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have always been interested in Psychology, and I find the mind and human behaviour truly fascinating. I was always determined to be someone who could help others going through their own struggles. After working as a solicitor for a time and raising a family, it felt natural to become a qualified therapist, which I did almost a decade ago. Since then, I have continued to expand my knowledge in order to provide the best possible form of help, receiving my Level 5 diploma in 2015.
I have previously worked as a mental health champion for a local authority, working to promote mental health awareness in Haddenham, (via the Medical Centre), Princes Risborough (via Cross Keys Surgery) and the wider Buckinghamshire area. I have agency experience, working as a bereavement support counsellor on behalf of Cruse Bereavement Care and a specialist counsellor for Victims First, supporting victims of crime. I have previously worked in an Oxfordshire comprehensive school and for a secondary school in Buckinghamshire. I am also an affiliate counsellor for a three EAP providers including Bupa.
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
NCPS Accredited Membership
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Cruse ABC course (Awareness in Bereavement Care)
Certificate in Working with Couples
Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB
Open University Counselling Online
MA in Criminology
BA Hons in Law and Politics
I also hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
Of course! My practice gives you a completely private space to speak honestly and openly about your problems without fear of judgement or recriminations. There are some occasions when it may be necessary for me to break confidentiality, but this is extremely rare, and I will always discuss it with you before sharing this information with anyone else.
Generally, I am able to see clients within a week or two of them getting in touch with me. However, if you are going through a crisis and need a one-off emergency counselling session, I can arrange an appointment sooner.
Pretty much anyone would benefit from counselling or psychotherapy. Whether you are experiencing a specific complex mental health issue, such as depression, bereavement, or anxiety, or just need a place to be heard and receive some guidance, my practice is a place where you can explore your feelings and gain greater insight into your current situation.
All one to one adult and young people sessions last 50 minutes. Couples and family therapy last 1 hour.
Usually, I see clients on a weekly basis, as this allows for a sense of continuity and ensures we establish a good therapeutic relationship. For short term therapy, I normally suggest six sessions initially and then offer a review. As we work towards an ending we may decide to switch to fortnightly sessions or even have a final session after a month. Occasionally clients decide to return to counselling if their personal circumstances have changed and feel that they would benefit from further sessions. Endings are important and are part of the transitionary process, but I always make it clear that the door remains open should the need arise further down the line.
Absolutely! Give me a call for a quick chat before you commit to a full session. If I don’t answer your call, it is most likely because I’m with a client. Send me a message via email or text and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
You can pay with cash or bank transfer. When it comes to cancelling sessions, I ask for a minimum of 24 hours notice by email or phone, otherwise a cancellation fee will be charged, and you will have to pay for the missed session.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or any kind of trauma-related issue? Do you just need a place to get some problems off your chest? If so, I am here to provide friendly, bespoke counselling and psychotherapy in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, in person, by telephone and online. Get in touch to arrange your initial consultation.
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