I hold an MSc in Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy and have extensive experience in both the private and public sector, working with individuals, couples and groups.


I work with a wide range of clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. They may be struggling with relationships, addiction, bereavement, depression, anxiety including obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, or be adult survivors of childhood abuse. I also have specialist training in working with eating disorders, particularly overeating and binge eating, and I am keenly interested in new research looking at the role of nutrition in psychological disorders.


I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am also registered with The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis.

Sarah Demaree

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I am a psychotherapist in advanced training, offering counselling and psychotherapy. I am currently working towards completing an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. In my practice I draw on both the relational and classic schools of Transactional Analysis (TA), both of which place a real emphasis on the power each of us has to live a fulfilling life.


As a man who has spent much of his professional life in the boardroom, I am aware of my own drive to get things fixed, now. What particularly attracted me to TA was its founder, Eric Berne, and his insistence that the goal of therapy wasn't progress, it was cure: "Get well first and we'll analyse it later if you still want to." was his motto. The beauty of TA, in my experience, is in its simplicity. The theory is accessible and immediately understandable. It gives anyone who has found themself  asking why this problem keeps happening over and over again, a way of answering the question and, in answering it, the ability to stop the cycle once and for all.


I am particularly interested in relationships, depression, anxiety, feelings of low self-worth and, as a long-term Samaritan and founder of a leading suicide prevention charity, suicidal ideation. 


I am a member of The Metanoia Institute and a trainee therapist member of UKCP, and I operate within the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice of each of those organisations.


Paul McManus