Mrs Sarah Elder

Mrs Sarah Elder

Counselling, Psychotherapy 30038188

  • Fee assured
Fee assured

Specialises in

  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I have worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for over twenty five years in a number of settings so have an extensive and broad range of experience. As well as working in private practice I have been a Counsellor for Leeds MIND ( a mental health charity) in their Counselling & Therapy Service seeing clients referred by GP's, Psychiatrists and employers. I have provided counselling based at a GP surgery when working as an affiliate Counsellor with Oakdale Centre ( a psychological therapy service in Harrogate). Going further back I trained as a volunteer for The Samaritans, the telephone crisis charity and was a visitor for a victim support scheme. Currently I am an associate Counsellor with a number of companies providing Employee Assistance Programmes or EAP services. These include Workplace Options Global and the CMCS.

I qualified as a Counsellor in 1998 and was accredited by the BACP in 2005. I also hold a BSc (Hons) Psychology. I have an enhanced DBS, certificate number 001621241801 and am registered with the ICO and therefore GDPR compliant.

I receive regular supervision in line with guidelines set out by the BACP and I work within their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.

Areas of interest

I work with adult individuals age 18+. My core model is Relational which is an integrative approach drawing on person centered and psychodynamic models. The client-counsellor relationship is central and used to gain insight into how an individual relates to; Self, Others and the World.

I aim to provide a safe and secure space where our conversation leads to the resolution of whatever difficulties are being experienced. I may also offer to teach coping strategies, like mindfulness, where appropriate. I endeavor to be collaborative non-judgemental, empathic and genuine.

I have experience and interest in many areas including:

Anger: management and cause.
Loss: through bereavement, divorce/separation, illhealth.
Depression & Anxiety: reactive, long term and generalised/non specific.
Stress: this may be work/relationship specific or connected to feelings about where life is/isn't going.
Abuse: physical, emotional and/or sexual.
Identity: sexual,gender.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
  • Psychophysiological disorders
My qualifications & training
My private practice
Consultant's practices
Information for healthcare professionals

Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)

Procedures completed

  • AA808

    Counselling session - (>50)

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