Dr Sarah Wallis BA(Hons) DClinPsy

HCPC registered practitioner psychologist, clinical psychologist and accredited CAT practitioner.

How can Psychotherapy help?

People consider personal therapy for many different reasons, for example to help with emotional difficulties (such as anxiety and depression), problems in personal relationships, low self-esteem or stress. Therapy can also help with self development, to work through a particular issue, a change in your health or life circumstances, or to prevent a problem recurring in the future. The important thing is to be willing to work at understanding and changing unhelpful habits or repeating patterns of relating to yourself and others. It is also important that you are able to take responsibility for your own safety.

What do I offer?

I have many years experience using a range of psychological approaches with a variety of psychological difficulties. I have undertaken additional training in using Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and find this approach is adaptable enough to suit most people, however, sometimes it may be that something less structured or a different set of skills is needed, in which case I am able to use a different psychological approach that may be more suited to your needs. I am currently a student on the Heartwood foundation course in herbal medicine as I believe a more holistic approach will benefit many people in light of increasing evidence of the interconnectedness of body and mind (e.g. the important role of the gut microbiome in mental health). I may give some basic advice about how simple changes in diet and lifestyle could have a positive impact on your mood and well-being alongside psychotherapy.

What to expect

After a brief telephone conversation we will meet for an initial consultation session to talk about the reasons you are considering therapy and how this could help. If we decide to go ahead with therapy we will usually agree the number of sessions before you start.

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

In brief, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a very active therapy, inviting you to be the observer of your own life and to take part in what needs to change. Many of our automatic responses to other people stem from patterns of relating in early life. For example, if you learned in your childhood that you only received love and care by pleasing others you might have the belief ‘Only if I always do what others want will I be liked’ which puts you in a trap of pleasing others, and can lead to you feeling that your needs are overlooked or that other people take advantage of you. When you start to notice how often this “trap” catches you out, you can begin to change what you do and learn to find other ways of relating to others..

In the safety of the therapeutic relationship you will gradually develop an understanding of the ways in which you have learned to cope with what has happened in your life. The active part of CAT helps you to take part in the process of change in your own way. CAT is a very creative therapy and the process of understanding and self discovery may involve painting as well as writing, movement, self-reflection or journal keeping.

Visit The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), for more information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy

To arrange an initial consultation please contact the Herbarium or send a message via the website.