Sarah Young

Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering talking therapy for individuals and couples in central Guildford, Surrey

In-person, online or telephone

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you need to talk?

No matter what stage of life you are, counselling can help if you are experiencing difficult life events or overwhelming emotions such as anxiety, stress, relationship issues or if you are seeking to make lifestyle changes.

Counselling is a talking therapy offering a confidential space for individuals to explore and make sense of what is happening in their lives and relationships. At these difficult times, sharing the distress we are experiencing in confidence can be empowering and healing. Counselling supports you in finding your inner resources and resilience, developing new communication skills, acknowledge your choices, as well as recognising unhelpful thought patterns and behavioural responses that might be interfering or holding you back.

As a client, I have found therapy to be insightful and healing. Allowing myself the time to talk about difficult issues without judgement with a professional therapist has helped me come to understand and accept myself and see my place in the world in new light. I grew up in Australia, moving to the UK in my 20’s and have lived in Asia and the US over those years. Prior to retraining as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I worked in business and the health sector. I have worked with cancer patients and their families, navigating the challenges around sudden changes to circumstances which can be traumatic and confusing. 

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow their ethical framework. Membership requires engaging in continuing professional development and monthly meetings with an accredited supervisor who follows the same guidelines, ensuring safe and ethical practice.

Professional Qualifications

⦁ FD in Counselling (Open University)

⦁ Practical Certificate in Couples Counselling

⦁ CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

⦁ NCFE Counselling Skills Level 1-2-3

⦁ Foundation Certificate in Polyvagal Theory

About Counselling

Counselling aims to alleviate distress, increase resilience and self-awareness. Ultimately, enabling clients to live more fulfilling lives. The therapeutic relationship provides a non-judgmental and confidential space where you can share difficult thoughts and emotions you may not wish to share with family and friends. The process can be both challenging and rewarding, a journey of self-discovery, developing a greater sense of self-awareness and resilience along the way.

Traumatic or painful circumstances can give rise to feelings of anxiety, fear, and hopelessness. Counselling can help make sense of these emotions and behaviours. Exploring and examining difficult feelings leads to a deeper understanding of the self and allows you to find a comprehensive narrative for your own life. Counselling is a healing process and over time the pieces come together to improve your life and wellbeing.

Counselling can help us understand the factors that influence our relationships and how we respond to different life events. For example, recognising our critical inner voice and acknowledging the impact of early life experiences, can help us notice unhelpful behaviour patterns that have shaped our core beliefs about ourselves and the world.

Counselling can help with:




Bereavement, Loss, Grief


Cancer diagnosis

Chronic Illness and Pain


Disruption due to life changes

Divorce and Separation

Empty Nest

Existential issues e.g., pandemic and climate change

Faith and Culture

Family rupture


Identity development

Lifestyle Change

LGBTQ+ Issues


Low Self-Esteem

Low Self-Confidence



Parenting Support


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Relationship breakdown

Redundancy and unemployment

Religion and spiritual issues/conflicts

Shame and Guilt


Stress Management

Transitions and Endings


Work related issues

What I Offer

I provide confidential counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people from the age of 16. I offer daytime, and evening appointments, online, telephone and face to face in central Guildford. In quiet surroundings you can share what is on your mind and we can work together to help you find solutions to your problems.

My Approach

My initial training was in person-centred therapy, based on the core concept that the client is expert in their own life, with the therapist offering a non-judgemental space, and the therapeutic relationship an integral part of the healing process. I have undertaken further training and interweave psychodynamic, cognitive behaviour and narrative therapy, childhood psychology, and polyvagal, bereavement, and attachment theories, amongst others.

Couples Counselling

Couples counselling is different from working with individuals and the therapist engages with the relationship to examine the disruptive elements causing the issues. This may be how conflict is dealt with, emotions and actions after an affair, sex, relationship stages, and aging. The process can be difficult, may bring healing, allows for voices to be heard and for the couple to negotiate a way forward.

My Location

Guildford Institute

Ward Street (corner with North Street)


Surrey GU1 4LH

Accessible from the bus or train station and local car parks

Nearby to Godalming, Haslemere, Hindhead, Milford, Witley, Wormley, Liphook, Farncombe, Chiddingfold, Compton, Bramley, Alfold, Cranleigh, Shalford, Shere, Albury, Chiddingfold, Clandon, Horsley, Ripley, Woking, Send

I am available at The Eaves in Godalming

Prices & Sessions

Initial 20-minute phone consultation – free

Sessions last for 50 minutes

⦁ Individuals £60.00

⦁ Couples £80.00

⦁ Concessional/low cost fees for those on low income - please contact to discuss.

Day time and evening appointments are available

Face to face, online with Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime, Telephone

Payment is due on the day of the session via bank transfer or contactless

What to Expect

We begin with a 20-minute telephone or zoom consultation which is an opportunity for both of us to ask questions and decide if we are a good fit. From here, we will agree a day and time to meet. In order to develop a strong client-therapist relationship it is recommended to meet weekly for the first 4-6 weeks. We will regularly review our work together to ensure our focus on your objectives and agree the way forward.

Whatever the issue, therapy is about you, and we will work at your pace, towards your goals and in a way that makes sense to you. Your life experiences, personality and current circumstances are unique to you and together we can develop strategies for managing life your way.

Contact Me

Please contact me via telephone or email and we can arrange a time either over the phone or zoom to discuss your needs and whether in-person or online counselling is right for you

©Sarah Young

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