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Sarah Eva

curriculum vitae

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, CBT therapist and accredited EMDR practitioner based in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. I enable adults and young people to understand and manage a broad range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. I am capable of quickly developing a collaborative and compassionate rapport with my clients. I use a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic interventions that are tailored to support my clients’ treatment.


Private counselling practice
2008 to present
Working with adults and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and offering effective treatments for depression, anger, stress, personal growth, loss, PTSD, trauma, abuse, and anxiety, including GAD, SAD, OCD and phobias.

Priory Hospital Ticehurst House
November 2008 to April 2016
Offering CBT-based therapeutic treatments for adults and young people.

Priory Hospital Brighton and Hove
September 2012 to December 2013
Providing assessments, individual counselling sessions, keyworking sessions and facilitating psychoeducational CBT groups for adults and young people.

Barnardo’s Chilston Project
January 2010 to December 2014
Working therapeutically with young people with sexually harmful behaviour or at risk of abuse, their carers, and other professionals, including teachers and social workers.

Barnardo’s Apex Project
December 2009 to January 2014
Providing supported lodgings and emotional support to a young asylum seeker.

November 2008 to November 2009
Working with young people with issues concerning fostering and adoption.

Fegans, Tunbridge Wells
April 2005 to April 2012
Counselling and support for individuals, young people, couples and families, facilitating parenting courses, and providing therapy in local primary and secondary schools.

Barnardo’s at Meadows School
February 1998 to March 2005
Providing direct work and facilitating young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties to engage educationally.

Previous experience with young people
1990 to 1991: St James’ School, learning support assistant.
1989 to 1990: Tunbridge Wells Probation Service, voluntary probation assistant.
1983 to 1984: Heatherlands, working with disabled adults and children.
1985 to present: Raising six children as a single parent for much of that time.

Vocational qualification

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1
Internal Family Systems UK (2019)

General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (ACTO accredited)
Online Training for Counsellors (2018)

Schema therapy training level 1
Schema Therapy Scotland (2017)

EMDR Europe accredited level 1 child and adolescent training
Joanne Morris-Smith (2016)

EMDR training parts 1, 2 and 3
Richman EMDR Training (2015–2016)

Introduction to child-focused systemic practice
YMCA Sussex Central (2010)

Working with children with harmful sexual behaviour
Barnardo’s Chilston Service’s Linked Workshop Training Programme (2010)

Parenting adolescents programme: a problem-solving approach
Trust for the study of adolescence (2009)

Diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy
Goldsmiths College (2008)

Licensed and registered supported lodgings provider
Barnardo’s (2008–2016)

Parent group leader training
The Incredible Years (2007)

Solution-focused practice with children and families
Brief (2006)

Advanced diploma in person-centred counselling
West Kent College (2003)

Certificate in person-centred counselling
West Kent College (1998)

Accreditation and memberships

Accredited EMDR UK and Ireland practitioner

Accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Member of British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Continuing professional development

When there are no words online EMDR preverbal trauma training
The Steve Frankel Group: Sandra Paulson (2018)

How to work with the part of trauma that can’t be verbalized
NICABM: Peter Levine (2018)

International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast
Action Trauma (2018)

The body keeps the score online trauma training
International ISC: Bessel van der Kolk (2017)

Masterclass with Dr Steven Porges. Child trauma: connectedness, emotional regulation and the polyvagal theory
The Centre for Child Mental Health (2017)

Why the Vagal System Holds the Key to the Treatment of Trauma
NICABM: Steven Porges (2017)

Next level practitioner online trauma training
NICABM (2016)

Using EMDR with OCD and morbid jealousy
EMDR North West Region (2016)

The fragile self: working with narcissistic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame, and alienation
Confer: Phil Mollon (2015)

Transgender awareness
The Wilbury Clinic Ltd (2015)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
City Lit (2015)

Introduction to compassion-focused therapy for shame and self-critical difficulties
Paul Gilbert (2014)

Trauma-focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD
BABCP (2013)

Trauma-focused CBT to work with PTSD
CBT Psychology Training (2013)

OCD masterclass
CBT Psychology Training (2013)

Providing safe care for children and young people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation and/or trafficking
Barnardo’s (2012)

New directions in child and adolescent treatment: a sensorimotor psychotherapy approach
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute: Pat Ogden (2012)

Neuroscience and childhood trauma
Confer: Margot Sunderland (2009)

Psychological trauma in the body
Confer (2007)

Working with shame
City Lit (2006)

Play therapy skills
Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (2000)