Sacha BarlowCounselling & Psychotherapy in Oxford

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Please do contact me for an initial assessment appointment, you can text, phone or email. It is important for you to find a compatible therapist, as the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is arguably the greatest predictor of a successful outcome.

Our initial session is an opportunity for you to see if you think you would enjoy working with me, and for me to consider if I feel able to help you, and indeed if I am the best qualified person to help you. Should for any reason I feel that I am not suited to working with you (or if I consider I might have a potential conflict of interest - for instance I am already working with a colleague of yours etc) then there will be no charge for your session, and I will refer you to someone I think will be able to help you.

It is helpful to think of setting aside three appointments for experiencing what counselling might have to offer you. The first session is for an initial meeting and for me to get to understanding of your situation, and then a further two sessions to explore a little further, before deciding how much or little therapy you might want.

Counselling or Psychotherapy?

I offer both counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling tends to be for a shorter duration and for a more specific cause. Psychotherapy tends to be more open-ended because you would like longer term support or perhaps you are in counselling training. It is not important to know exactly what you want on first inititating contact. Both counselling and psychotherapy help people make significant changes in their lives and world view. We can discuss this at your request and review accordingly.

Office Hours

Monday 930am - 300pm
Tuesday 945-300pm
Wednesday 930am - 300pm
Thursday 930am - 400pm
Friday 930am - 300pm

In current Covid 19 times, appointments are generally held online by zoom, Skype or phone. In certain instances it may be possible to meet in person in the Summertown location.


I charge £55 for 50 minutes for individuals, for couples £65 for 50 min.

The usual format is to see clients once weekly for 50 minutes, but I have on occasion seen clients more often, or for longer periods such as 75 min sessions.

Payment is by cash or bank transfer the day of the session.

One week notice is requested for cancelling a regular standing appointment. 48 hours notice is requested to cancel an ad hoc session. Full payment is expected for missed sessions or late cancellation.


I usually take a two week break in March / April, three weeks in August, and three weeks in December. If you require assistance during these times please let me know ahead of time so we might make some arrangements.

Emergency Appointments

If you need urgent assistance, while you are welcome to text me or leave a message on my phone, please consider contacting your doctor, visiting your local emergency room, or calling the Samaritans on 116 123, where you will be put through to a volunteer who is ready waiting to take your call.

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