Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford,  OX10 9DN
1 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DE

Sara Whammond  CBT, EMDR, DBT Locations: Wallingford and worldwide by video

Hello and thanks for checking out my profile.  People tend to come to therapy when they are feeling distressed or struggling in some way. I have 37 years experience and hopefully I can help.  Please feel free to book a consultation on the link above. I offer a free 15 minute consultation or alternatively you can book a regular appointment.  Firstly here is a little bit about me and my experience:

About me

I trained at Oxford University to qualify and practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I am also a Retired Mental Health Nurse.I have trained fully in EMDR with Sandi Richman. I have undertaken 2 years training in DBT at Bangor University.   I am registered with the NMC and accredited by the BABCP. As well as working in private practice I have spent most of my career working in the NHS including for Specialist Psychological Services.

What's troubling you?

You may be feeling low in mood or struggling with motivation and energy. Perhaps you are a worrier and this is causing you distress.  Are you having trouble with social situations and this is interfering with your life?  Perhaps you are experiencing panic attacks and would like not to. Maybe you are obsessing over things or are checking things until they feel 'right' and this is causing you anxiety. Are you worrying about your health, do you think you have a serious illness despite medical evidence to the contrary?

Have you suffered from a trauma? Perhaps a one off incident of maybe you have experienced difficulties from your childhood experiences. I have a particular interest in helping people who have experienced childhood trauma whether it be sexual, physical or psychological abuse and I have years of experience in this area. 

These are a few examples of what motivates people to think about therapy. Often people don't know what is wrong but know they feel 'bad' and it is affecting their lives. 

If this is you then I will be happy to help.

People usually book in for an initial assessment which involves talking about difficulties and identifying goals for treatment. Most people are nervous coming to the first appointment but I am really good and helping people to feel relaxed. It helps that our clinic is welcoming and relaxed. I also have plenty of tea! 

Following this is we decide which therapy would be most helpful.  We usually meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis. I understand that people situations are different so I will do my best to accommodate. I offer day time and evening appointments and also by telephone or video. I have clients all over the world.

More about CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way.CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy. The findings from the research repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of CBT in a wide and growing number of conditions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as first line treatment in the following conditions: Depression, generalised anxiety disorders (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Research has also shown that people treated with CBT remain well for longer.


Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR'

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological treatment that's been found to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.It involves recalling the traumatic incident in detail while making eye movements, usually by following the movement of your therapist's finger.Other methods may include the therapist tapping their finger or playing sounds.It's not clear exactly how EMDR works, but it may help you change the negative way you think about a traumatic experience.


Training, qualifications & experience

  • Retired Mental Nurse
  • PG Diploma in CBT  OCTC / Oxford University 2011
  • Full accreditation with BABCP 120646
  • EMDR parts 1,2,3 Sandi Richman London 2019
  • I am just completing a PG Cert in DBT at Bangor University. This is an intensive 2 year course and I am part of the first cohort in the world.

I have also completed further training in the following:

  • CBT Master class for Depression
  • CBT for childhood trauma
  • Anxiety: Clinical updates and Master class
  • Coping with Adversity
  • CBT for Long Term Medical Conditions
  • CBT for Insomnia
  • CBT for Trauma
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • CBT for delusions and hallucinations
  • CBT For military veterans
  • CBT for complex problems



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Tel: 07799 917550



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