THERAPY SOUTH LONDON
Psychotherapy with Sarah Cunningham
Welcome to Therapy South London. My name is Sarah Cunningham and I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the BACP Ethical guidelines. I am based in Greenwich and Shoreditch in London but please note that I am currently only working on Zoom and by phone.
I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives and have the capacity to fulfil their own potential. I consider the therapeutic relationship to be a collaborative process which provides a non-judgemental space, where an exploration of thought patterns can be examined and more clarity and understanding of our inner worlds can be reached. This can allow us to see situations or dynamics within relationships from a different perspective and can help to gain a deeper awareness of destructive or unhelpful patterns.
I offer individual sessions with adults aged 18 + and provide short term, solution-focused counselling and long-term psychotherapy. Counselling tends to be short term (between 6-12 sessions) and with a focus on a current issue or crisis. Psychotherapy is the longer-term exploration of the self as a whole entity – there may be many areas of life and the unconscious which are explored in-depth, over a period of time, via the therapeutic relationship.
Painful feelings ranging from relationship issues, stress at work, anxiety, trauma or bereavement can leave us feeling powerless, isolated or unheard in our communities. For some, therapy might be the first time that they feel listened to and understood, and this experience can lead to individuals feeling freer to make decisions about their life and gain a stronger sense of agency.
My working model is always client-centred and integrative but drawing primarily from psychodynamic theories of human development and the therapeutic process. The psychodynamic model is based on the concept that past experiences, behaviours and relationships affect who we are in the present. These experiences can often result in a feeling of being 'stuck' in the present situation. Exploring these conflicts that result from this ‘stuckness’ is fundamental to the process of understanding ourselves and how we relate to other people. To make the unconscious conscious enables you to have more of an insight into who you are. One aim of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to help you make sense of your current situation and of the feelings, thoughts and associated memories that have brought about this situation.
I tailor my approach according to individual needs and wishes and the nature of the contract we agree upon.
I have a special interest in working with clients facing difficulties in relationships, attachment-related trauma and social marginalisation. These might include anxiety, depression, procrastination, work-related stress, and difficulties related to loss, to name a few.
I have worked with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultural heritages, and have helped clients who have experienced a variety of issues relating to:
- Family issues
- Trauma/ PTSD
- Domestic abuse/ coercive control
- Perinatal issues
- Strong inner-critic
- ADHD & autism
- Relationship issues
- Social marginalisation
- Bereavement/ loss
- Work-related stress
I am based in Greenwich (South East London) and Shoreditch (East London) but I am currently only seeing clients on Zoom and by telephone.
My sliding scale is £70 - £85 per 50 minute session. A limited number of discounted sessions are available, so please let me know what you can afford.
Please note that I currently only offer therapy to individuals and not to couples.
MA Counselling - Goldsmiths College, University of London (Distinction)
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - Regent's University, University of London
Continual Professional Development (CPD)
A Study in Trauma and Somatic Memory: A Two-Day Workshop with Dr Janina Fisher PhD
The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy with Dr Cristopher Clulow, Linda Clundy, Professor Jeremy Holmes
Walking Eco Therapy
Couples In and Emerging from Lockdown with Dr Christopher Clulow and Kate Thompson
Working with survivors of gendered violence, domestic abuse
Carried out postgraduate research into the impact of coercive control on development and took a specialist training course in working with survivors of coercive control
Understanding Childhood: social and clinical perspectives
Conscious Uncoupling: Couple Psychotherapy in the Transition Through Separation & Divorce with Dr Christopher Clulow, Liz Hamlin, Dr Avi Shmueli and Kate Thompson
Working with Domestic Violence and Emotional Abuse, An Object Relational Understanding with Dr David Celani
Codependency in Adulthood: Enmeshment and Merger in the Parent-Child Relationship with Dr Aileen Alleyne, Dr Tamara Feldman, Mark Linington, Dr Arlene Vetere
Working with the Menstrual Cycle in Psychotherapy, With Dr Margaret Altemus, Letticia Banton, Danielle Redland and Jane Catherine Severn
Monday: 11 am - 3 pm
Tuesday: 11 am- 3 pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 3 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 3 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm
To book an appointment, please fill out the form below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than leaving a voicemail please.
Location: I currently am only working with clients on Zoom and by telephone.
Please check my opening hours above and please state your preferred days/ times and whether you are looking for Zoom/ telephone sessions. Please let me know where you heard about Therapy South London, and I will get back to you with some potential appointment slots.
If our schedules don't line up initially do let me know if you are happy for me to add you to my waiting list.