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 work with clients out of my clinics in Greenwich and Brockley but I am currently seeing clients online via Zoom during the COVID 19 outbreak.
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 and teenagers 16+ and provide short term counselling and long-term psychotherapy. I also offer weekly Psychotherapy online via a secure platform. 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, ME and relational trauma. These would include anxiety, depression, procrastination, work-related stress, difficulties related to body image and 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 including:
- Family issues
- Relationship or sex issues
- LGBTQ+ issues
- Trauma/ PTSD
- Domestic abuse/ coercive control
- Chronic Fatigue/ ME
- Bereavement/ loss
- Work-related stress
- Identity issues
During lockdown from COVID 19, all sessions will take place on Zoom. Walking therapy sessions are also available depending on availability.
I usually see clients in Greenwich and Brockley in South East London
Initial assessment: £60
Individual weekly session: £60 (50-minute session)
MA Counselling - Goldsmiths College, University of London (Distinction)
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - Regent's University, University of London
Continual Professional Development
A Study in Trauma and Somatic Memory: A Two-Day Workshop with Dr Janina Fisher PhD
Walking Eco Therapy CPD
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
Working with couples CPD
Understanding Childhood: social and clinical perspectives
Monday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday: 6 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm
To book an appointment, please fill out the form below or send an email to
Location: I currently work in two different locations in London. Greenwich and Telegraph Hill in Brockley (both locations do have wheelchair access).
I am quite booked up at present so please check my opening hours above and please state your preferred days/ times and offered locations, where you heard about Therapy South London, and I will get back to you with some potential appointment slots.