Sarah van den Brink
I have worked for many years as a Counselling Psychologist at the NHS, Priory and in private practice.
In order to become a chartered psychologist, I undertook six years of rigorous training. I was attracted to the profession because it combines therapeutic practice with the scientific discipline of psychological theory and research. I have been trained in three evidence-based psychological therapies: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy and humanistic. I continue to keep my knowledge up-to-date through regular professional training.
I have found that people considering therapy are often baffled by the array of different professionals they can choose from: counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological therapists, psychologists etc. and the plethora of approaches they offer. In my experience, and what decades of psychological research suggest, it is the relationship between therapist and client which is crucial, not the therapist's technical approach or professional title. What this means in practice is that it is important for you to find the right therapist for you, someone you feel you can trust and work well with; that is why I suggest we meet for a preliminary meeting so you can judge for yourself whether I am the best person to meet your needs [see: what to expect].
I believe passionately in the therapeutic benefits of being listened to attentively, compassionately and thoughtfully. It is through this experience that change can be achieved. I can bring my professional expertise to work alongside you as we think about and understand together your emotional difficulties and experiences, so that we can develop new ways of looking at problems and managing them in order to make a real and enduring difference.
I am an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, a title awarded to me in recognition of my years of experience and contribution to the field of psychology. I am also registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council which means I have demonstrated high standards of training and professional skills and am committed to continuing professional development.