Sarah O
ADHD/ASD PSYCHOTHERAPIST

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Sarah is a qualified psychotherapist registered with UKCP and BACP and has a grown-up daughter with combined ADHD, ASD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Having spent 8 years navigating the diagnostic maze with her daughter, Sarah began to wonder if she too shared many of the traits used for identifying ADHD and was herself diagnosed with combined ADHD at the age of 51.

Sarah has worked as a counsellor in Higher Education since 2008, as well as in several other settings including a secondary school, a sexual trauma counselling service and a hospice. She also has substantial experience of providing workplace counselling including support to recently-diagnosed neurodivergent staff, and has worked with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and stress, family and relationship problems, sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, addiction, eating issues, sexuality, discrimination, bullying and bereavement.

Throughout her counselling career Sarah has worked with clients grappling with the impact of both diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences including ADHD and ASD on their everyday functioning, relationships and academic or professional progression. If you have recently gone through a diagnostic process or are considering doing so, Sarah can help you to understand what the diagnosis might mean for you. She strongly believes that everyone has their own unique set of strengths and skills, and that these are often overlooked in clients with learning differences because the language around neurodiversity tends to focus on what each person finds difficult or is unable to do. Sarah approaches ADHD therapy from a positive perspective, drawing on your specific skills to help you adapt to your new knowledge about yourself and to navigate the world in a more meaningful way.

Before retraining to become a psychotherapist, Sarah worked as a translator and interpreter in France. The experience of living abroad and switching constantly between two different languages within her work has helped her to engage with clients for whom English is a second-language. It has also sparked an interest in using creative methods in her therapeutic work as an additional means of expression when words aren’t sufficient or are difficult to find.

Sarah believes that no matter how trapped you might feel in your current circumstances, there are always choices available to you. At your first meeting she will discuss your goals and preferences for therapy, starting from the principle that you are the expert on your own situation. Sarah will then work with you to explore how you can move forward with your life and harness your strengths to help you implement any changes you might want to make.

 

Qualifications

  • MA Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (University of Birmingham) 2012
  • Mental Health Assessment 2011 (SPTI)
  • Rewind Therapy Practitioner 2015
  • GroOops Dyslexia-Aware counsellor accreditation 2018
  • Telephone Counselling Certificate 2020

CPD

  • Bereavement and loss 2009
  • Trauma/PTSD counselling 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017-18, 2020
  • Working with survivors of sexual abuse 2010, 2012-13
  • Sleep and insomnia 2013, 2018, 2021
  • Suicide prevention 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Creative therapy techniques 2013, 2016, 2019-20
  • Brief-solution Focused Therapy 2014
  • Counselling clients with Autism 2014, 2017, 2020-21
  • Eating disorders 2015
  • CBT 2015, 2018, 2020-21
  • Gender and Sexuality 2015 & 2018
  • Self-harm 2016
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy for anxiety and depression 2016
  • Anxiety and ADHD 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Working with dreams 2019
  • Body psychotherapy 2019
  • Cultural competency 2021

Sarah O
ADHD/ASD PSYCHOTHERAPIST

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Sarah is a qualified psychotherapist registered with UKCP and BACP and has a grown-up daughter with combined ADHD, ASD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Having spent 8 years navigating the diagnostic maze with her daughter, Sarah began to wonder if she too shared many of the traits used for identifying ADHD and was herself diagnosed with combined ADHD at the age of 51.

Sarah has worked as a counsellor in Higher Education since 2008, as well as in several other settings including a secondary school, a sexual trauma counselling service and a hospice. She also has substantial experience of providing workplace counselling including support to recently-diagnosed neurodivergent staff, and has worked with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and stress, family and relationship problems, sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, addiction, eating issues, sexuality, discrimination, bullying and bereavement.

Throughout her counselling career Sarah has worked with clients grappling with the impact of both diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences including ADHD and ASD on their everyday functioning, relationships and academic or professional progression. If you have recently gone through a diagnostic process or are considering doing so, Sarah can help you to understand what the diagnosis might mean for you. She strongly believes that everyone has their own unique set of strengths and skills, and that these are often overlooked in clients with learning differences because the language around neurodiversity tends to focus on what each person finds difficult or is unable to do. Sarah approaches ADHD therapy from a positive perspective, drawing on your specific skills to help you adapt to your new knowledge about yourself and to navigate the world in a more meaningful way.

Before retraining to become a psychotherapist, Sarah worked as a translator and interpreter in France. The experience of living abroad and switching constantly between two different languages within her work has helped her to engage with clients for whom English is a second-language. It has also sparked an interest in using creative methods in her therapeutic work as an additional means of expression when words aren’t sufficient or are difficult to find.

Sarah believes that no matter how trapped you might feel in your current circumstances, there are always choices available to you. At your first meeting she will discuss your goals and preferences for therapy, starting from the principle that you are the expert on your own situation. Sarah will then work with you to explore how you can move forward with your life and harness your strengths to help you implement any changes you might want to make.

 

Qualifications

  • MA Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (University of Birmingham) 2012
  • Mental Health Assessment 2011 (SPTI)
  • Rewind Therapy Practitioner 2015
  • GroOops Dyslexia-Aware counsellor accreditation 2018
  • Telephone Counselling Certificate 2020

 

CPD

  • Bereavement and loss 2009
  • Trauma/PTSD counselling 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017-18, 2020
  • Working with survivors of sexual abuse 2010, 2012-13
  • Sleep and insomnia 2013, 2018, 2021
  • Suicide prevention 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Creative therapy techniques 2013, 2016, 2019-20
  • Brief-solution Focused Therapy 2014
  • Counselling clients with Autism 2014, 2017, 2020-21
  • Eating disorders 2015
  • CBT 2015, 2018, 2020-21
  • Gender and Sexuality 2015 & 2018
  • Self-harm 2016
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy for anxiety and depression 2016
  • Anxiety and ADHD 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Working with dreams 2019
  • Body psychotherapy 2019
  • Cultural competency 2021