About Me

I came to therapy after a career in education where I was a teacher with a number of pastoral roles. This work led me to a Master’s degree from the Tavistock and Portman Trust, a world renowned centre for Psychoanalysis. From here I continued working in education and trained to be a Samaritan, spending three years as a listening volunteer. During this time I applied to do my Certificate, Diploma and then Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at CPPD, one of the UK’s leading providers of this training and where I now also work as a Core Tutor for their Diploma students.

My philosophy is primarily a Humanistic Person-Centred approach underpinned by Object Relations and psychoanalytic theory. I put the relationship between the therapist and the patient at the heart of the therapy. Together, we explore the patient’s relationships with the significant people in their lives when they were a child, such as their mother, father or primary caregiver and how that relationship has shaped their life and events. I also work in the here and now, helping clients to work through current issues, not just historic ones.

Counsellor and Trauma Therapist Sarah Free

What is Humanistic Integrative Counselling?

Humanistic Integrative Counselling is a positive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the whole person. The emphasis is on your positive traits and behaviours, and your ability to find the answers to your difficulties from within.

I was drawn to Humanistic Integrative Counselling because it is a holistic approach to the individual’s needs: emotional, psychological, cognitive and behavioural. It also integrates more than one therapeutic approach in the practice of psychotherapy.

Humanistic Integrative Counselling is based on some key principles:

  • People are inherently good and they want to make themselves and the world better
  • Everyone’s experience is completely unique, and that experience is the primary indicator of behaviour
  • Self-actualisation, the ability to achieve one’s potential, is in all of us
  • People are personally responsible for self-growth and self-fulfilment


I chose CPPD as my course provider because of how thorough it was. It offered me the opportunity to gain vast experience working with many different issues and employing Object Relations and Transactional Analysis to help clients on their journey towards a greater understanding of the root cause of their difficulties, and of themselves.

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  • BACP registered
  • CPPD Hornsey, London. Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (DipHIC)
  • Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust - Master’s Degree in Emotional Factors in Teaching and Learning (Distinction) – ‘using psychoanalysis in the classroom’; dissertation on gangs and the psychoanalytic theories surrounding them
  • PGCE Middlesex University
  • University of Northampton - Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies – dissertation on eating disorders and how they are presented in literature
  • University of Northampton - BA Hons in English and Education - dissertation on lesbian representations in literature

Additional certificates in:

  • Suicide
  • Working with Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Time-Limited Counselling
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychopathology and Psychodynamics
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07949630890 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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