Sarah Heap

Sarah Heap

Counsellor in Whitstable

Due to the current Coronavirus situation I am working remotely and can offer my therapeutic services online and by telephone. I am experienced in providing both online counselling and online EMDR using Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp, as well as telephone counselling.

I am an experienced, warm and sensitive counsellor and accredited EMDR practitioner.
I am experienced in working with adults, children, adolescents and families. I am available for counselling on week days and some evenings locally, online and by telephone.
I offer a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment that enables the opportunity for clients to talk through and resolve issues and concerns.
I support clients in exploring and understanding their situation, and in finding ways to move forward.
I work with clients to draw upon their strengths and resources in developing understanding and overcoming problems, and to make any changes that they want in their life.

During an initial consultation we can discuss your concerns and issues, your hopes for counselling and how we can work together. Ongoing sessions will be typically once a week.

If you have any questions or would like to book an initial consultation please call or send an email.

Background & Qualifications

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor (qualified 2003) and a fully qualified and accredited EMDR practitioner (2008). I am also qualified to use EMDR with children and young people.

My code of ethics is governed by the BACP, which I am an accredited member of, and an accredited member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

In addition to my current private counselling practice, I work as a counsellor in a secondary school and for an Employee Assistance Programme. I am also train counsellors.

I have 30 years experience of supportive and therapeutic work with a variety of client groups and have worked as a counsellor since 2001 with a number of organisations with individual adults, couples, families, children and adolescents.

I have undertaken continuous professional development study in working with post-traumatic stress, cognitive-behavioural therapy, systemic family therapy, Eco-therapy, Mindfulness, stress management, counselling survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, counselling children and adolescents, parenting approaches and running groups.

My Specialisms

I have worked with most areas of counselling including stress, abuse, phobias, anger, self esteem, anxiety, depression, relationships, personal development, spirituality, childhood abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), domestic violence, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, abortion, bereavement and loss, traumatic incidents, self-harm and suicide attempt and ideation.

Some problems suit a counselling approach, however, traumatic life events can become stuck and it can be difficult to move forward. Trauma related problems and anxiety may be more effectively resolved using EMDR.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological treatment to help people recover from distressing events and trauma. I can offer EMDR with counselling when appropriate because some problems can be more effectively resolved through EMDR.

What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological treatment to help people recover from distressing events and trauma.
EMDR aims to change how people feel about their traumatic memories. It helps people to develop more positive emotions, behaviour and thoughts and to feel that the memory is no long disturbing.
EMDR appears to directly stimulate the brain's ability to digest past traumatic events and works effectively and quickly to heal the wounds that are left on the emotional brain.

EMDR is an approach that is effective for the treatment of traumatic memories. It has been widely validated by research and is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as the treatment of choice for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
EMDR works in a way that seems to accelerate the processes for resolving certain issues so that in many instances people are seen to have resolved certain issues in a much shorter time than through talking therapy/counselling alone.
EMDR has also been shown to be effective in treating more chronic problems such as anxiety, stress, phobias, addictions and lack of self confidence.
EMDR is also remarkably effective in the treatment of people who have suffered trauma such as ongoing childhood abuse, although this may require more extensive therapeutic time.
For further information and an explanation of EMDR visit

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I am experienced in working with adults, children, young people and families and aim to provide an environment and relationship where clients feel at ease and able to talk about, explore and resolve difficult issues.

With children I have a range of toys and creative materials they can use in the sessions to help them express themselves in age appropriate ways. I working with families and can help the different individuals within the family system understand each others positions and support more harmonious communication and relationships. I also offer support to parents.

As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My practice is confidential and respectful of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, politics, culture or nationality.

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 £50 per 50 minutes
Counselling Online/Telephone £50 per 50 minutes
EMDR In Person £50 per 50 minutes
EMDR Online/Telephone £50 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

Couples and Family Counselling also available - £65 per session Concessions available