THERAPY SOUTH LONDON

Psychotherapy with Sarah Cunningham

 
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ABOUT SARAH

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 and also on Zoom.

 

 

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. 

THERAPY
 

MY APPROACH

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:

- Depression

- Family issues

- Anxiety

- Relationship or sex issues

- LGBTQ+ issues

- Trauma/ PTSD

- Domestic abuse/ coercive control

- Chronic Fatigue/ ME

- Bereavement/ loss

- Work-related stress

- Identity issues

 

 

 

On Mondays and Tuesdays, I see clients on Zoom. Wednesdays and Fridays I see clients in person at my office in Greenwich, South East London. Walking therapy sessions are also available depending on availability.

Initial assessment: £65 (50-minute session)

Individual weekly session: £65 (50-minute session)

Qualifications

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

  • The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy with Dr Cristopher Clulow, Linda Clundy, Professor Jeremy Holmes

  • 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 

 PRACTICAL INFORMATION
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OPENING TIMES

Monday: 11 am - 4 pm

Tuesday: 5 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday: 1 pm - 4 pm

Thursday: No sessions

Friday: 11-2 pm

BOOK NOW

To book an appointment, please fill out the form below or send an email to therapysouthlondon@gmail.com

Location: I currently work face to face in Greenwich (wheelchair access available) as well as on Zoom.

I am quite booked up at present so please check my opening hours above and please state your preferred days/ times and whether you are looking for in person or Zoom. Please let me know where you heard about Therapy South London, and I will get back to you with some potential appointment slots.