What is Counselling

Issues and concerns

Personal difficulties can arise unexpectedly or you might find yourself struggling with issues that seem insurmountable. This can leave you feeling confused, vulnerable and sometimes stuck. These feelings might be difficult to understand and impact on your behaviour and engagement with others.  Life experiences and early years development all have an impact on our behaviour and it sometimes takes exploring these further to establish links to your current issues.

It's good to talk

Talking to someone who is non-judgemental and provides an accepting, confidential, warm environment to explore your concerns.  This unique meeting space and relationship makes it a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings around your current issues.    Working together the sessions should give you some understanding and relief from your symptoms; Using different approaches the counsellor will guide, support and work with you focusing on your personal therapy goals.

The counselling relationship

The counselling relationship is key in helping you feel comfortable to share your thoughts and feelings.  It is important for you to chose a counsellor that is right for you.   I offer a free 20 minute introduction session prior to starting therapy.

About ME

My name is Sarah and I have been counselling since 2012.   

Counselling is my second career and prior to running my own private practice and becoming a mum, I worked in the corporate world as a PA in project management and the world of behavioural market research.

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I am trained and use a variety of approaches to work with my clients depending on their needs, issues and how we agree to work together.  

I work from home in a warm and cosy garden room.  The environment and service I offer is confidential, safe and a non-judgemental space for you to talk about your life and explore areas of concern that may be difficult, painful or confusing for you.  I am located in central Bicester with off road parking.

Using both my knowledge and experience, I aim to ensure that you are being heard and understood. Together we can look at your day to day difficulties and past issues; for you to gain understanding about your personal world.

I offer both short and long term counselling and like to review regularly, so you feel that the counselling relationship is building and we are working towards your goals and focus areas.   I work with young people, adults and couples.

Couples therapy looks to improve communication and resolve any issues within an intimate relationship.  We work on understanding how external factors, family and lifestyle can affect the relationship with arguing or not being able to resolve conflict to move forward.

As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to their Ethical Framework which provides me guidelines for working safely and ethically within a counselling relationship.

I work with a variety of presenting issues some being:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger and panic
  • Low self esteem 
  • Grief and loss
  • Abuse
  • OCD and other anxiety disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction and eating disorders
  • Relationships

I offer a free 20 minute introduction session that can be done over the phone or face to face, this gives you the opportunity to meet me, have a conversation and understand more about how I work and how we would work together.


My Practice


Qualifications and Accreditations

Qualifications and Accreditations

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
  • Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies CPCAB
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB



Ways of Working

Qualifications and Accreditations

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Humanistic 
  • Integrative
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Person Centred
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic


Cost and Sessions

Qualifications and Accreditations

Cost and Sessions

Sessions last for 50 minutes.

£40 for Individuals

£60 for Couples. 

Counselling Sessions are weekly, but this can be reviewed as we work together.   I offer day and evening sessions and during the current Covid19 circumstances I offer online and walking therapy sessions.  For face to face sessions antibacterial stations and a 2 metre meeting distance is organised.

Please contact me with questions or to arrange a free 20 minute introduction session.


Send Message

Please contact me with questions or regarding appointments. I aim to respond within 24 hours.

Harpers Therapy - Central Bicester

Bicester, OX26, United Kingdom

Tel: 07498 672155 Email: sarahharperstherapy@gmail.com

I offer both evening and daytime appointments.