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Sandra Cass-Courtney

Sandra Cass-Courtney

Counsellor in London

I am a Doctor of Counselling Psychology available for face to face appointments in Islington as well as Telephone and Online Counselling Sessions. Should you wish to book online with myself or any of my colleagues then please go to http://booking.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/ for a Live Online Diary.

I work with adults, children, families and couples and use a range
of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including Third Wave approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy {ACT}, Mindfulness and Compassionate Focused Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapy and Schema Therapy. I create an individualised treatment programme for each of my patients based on what they need and feel comfortable and taking into consideration what is proven to bring the fastest and most long lasting relief for their particular difficulty.

Background & Qualifications

CPsychol, BA (Hons) Psychology
Doctor of Counselling Psychology

My Specialisms

I am experienced in helping people to resolve the majority of problems that cause emotional distress and discomfort including (but not limited to):

Addiction
Alcohol Problems
Anger Issues
Anxiety
Bereavement
Counselling for Carers
Child & Teenager Counselling
Depression & Low Mood
Eating Disorders
Family Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Problems
Stress

Services Offered

I also offer the following services:

Bereavement Counselling
Child Counselling
Expert Witness
Family Counselling
Marriage Counselling
Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment
Specialist Eating Disorder Counselling

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My Philosophy

My philosophy lies in the belief that we are not fixed beings and change is always possible. Human suffering and relational struggles are inevitable parts of our lives. Therapy often deals directly with life's inevitable crisis and focuses the therapeutic endeavour around a client's struggles, helping them to find a new direction in their lives. The therapeutic process may address the type of questions that all human beings ask themselves. For example, who am I? What is the purpose of my existence? What do I want from my life? Therapy is about understanding and clarifying what is problematic for the client and enabling the client to tackle their difficulties in a creative and courageous manner.

My role, as a psychologist, is to support you in overcoming the difficulties and barriers that may be holding you back in your life. At the heart of the work is the focus on relationships as this is the foundation from which we understand ourselves and relate to others. The primary importance of therapy is to build a mutually genuine, warm and caring relationship, putting particular emphasis on the client's relationship to self and their interactions in the relational world. Furthermore, the relational encounters between the client and therapist can also provide insights to the client's relationships outside of the therapy.

My Approach

As a Counselling Psychologist, I have worked in NHS settings, voluntary sectors, forensic hospitals, addiction clinics and private practice. My training and accrued experience means that I am highly skilled in helping people with a spectrum of issues that arise in our personal lives, ranging from anxiety, OCD, depression, shame and self-esteem issues to stresses caused by separation, loss, life transitions and relationship difficulties. In my practice, I adopt an integrative approach, using a range of therapeutic approaches, such as CBT (particularly third wave CBT approaches), Psychodynamic Therapy and Existential-Phenomenological Therapy. Due to the all-encompassing nature of therapy, it is near impossible to identify one single cause for psychological upset. The therapy instead treats each person as an individual, exploring their experience and tailoring the approach to what works best for the client. The unique piece of work, that together we create, focuses on different levels. You will be encouraged to become more attuned to your inner world, using this insight to provide clarity in your everyday experiences. We may explore existential issues and problems in living that may be influencing your relationships and the choices you make, leaving you feeling more equipped to embrace the freedom of choice and to live fully in the present. Our work may unearth patterns of thought and behaviour that may no longer be useful, allowing you to find alternative thoughts and behavioural patterns. We may also use events from the past as insight, becoming a tool to promote freedom and assertiveness. Coming to the realisation that you are not defined by your history and that you are not destined to have a certain future is often a breakthrough that offers liberation.

My Motivation

I have always had a keen interest in the human condition and a natural empathy to the feelings and circumstances of others. I consider it a privilege and an honour to sit with my clients and I appreciate the courage it takes to come to therapy and share one's story.

A Little More About Me

When I am not working or taking care of my family I strive to find time to relax. I find reading, running, yoga and meditation enjoyable and useful in providing a sense of calm and contentment.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person £140 per 50 minutes
Counselling Online/Telephone £105 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £140 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Online/Telephone £105 per 50 minutes
EMDR In Person £140 per 50 minutes
EMDR Online/Telephone £105 per 50 minutes
Relationship Therapy In Person £150 per 50 minutes
Relationship Therapy Online/Telephone £115 per 50 minutes
Reality Therapy In Person £140 per 50 minutes
Reality Therapy Online/Telephone £105 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

I offer everyone a Free of Charge Pre-Assessment Telephone Consultation The fees below are for a 50 minute face to face, telephone or video counselling session. Self Funded Treatment Individual Therapy: £140 per session Couples/Family Therapy: £150 per session Online/Skype: £105 individuals / £115 couples and families. Health Insurance Most national and international Private Healthcare companies are accepted including (but not limited to): Bupa Axa Cigna Pru Health Aviva Simply Health WPA and more… It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the cost or part of the cost of your appointments. Each healthcare provider (Bupa, Axa, Aviva, Cigna etc) have slightly different policies but most of them are happy for you to approach us directly in the first instance. Axa require a referral from a Psychiatrist in order to access your policy and we are happy to help arrange this with you. Bupa require a referral from your GP in order to access your policy. GP's are often happy to provide a referral following a phone consultation instead of a traditional face to face appointment in the surgery as it is more time efficient. With the above a quick call to your healthcare provider should allow them clarify these details. It is worth noting that not all policies will cover the full cost of your treatment. We will advise you of the availability of healthcare appointments, and any cost implications in your initial enquiry. Some healthcare providers have fees which are different to our self funding rates detailed above. If these are less than our own rate we have to ask that the shortfall is made up by the patient. Please just remember to tell us who your provider is as soon as possible to avoid any confusion when booking.