Dr Sara Carr
Supporting individuals to become more present in their lives and better able to engage in what matters to them are at the centre of my practice. I have worked in the NHS since 2010 and have experience working with adults, children and young people with a range of complex mental health difficulties (including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder), grief and loss, and adjustment to long-term health conditions (such as diabetes) and chronic pain. I have a special interest in supporting mothers across the perinatal period, with my most recent research exploring mindfulness, mental health and maternal sensitivity.
Passionate about promoting emotional wellbeing across the lifespan, I currently work within an older adults mental health team in the NHS.
Based on my experience to date, I believe that everyone tries their best to overcome difficult situations and challenges, but sometimes these solutions can unconsciously result in more negative thinking and unhelpful patterns of behaviour that can leave individuals and families feeling “stuck,” overwhelmed and out of control.
Importantly, my approach to therapy is totally collaborative. I have a firm belief that only individuals and their families are the experts on their lives. My role is to offer different perspectives to their personal situations and to help them develop a deeper understanding about the challenges they are facing, with a view to finding alternative ways forward with which they are comfortable. I aim to help clients to develop the confidence and capacity to take forward some of the skills and strategies we discuss in therapy and to apply these incrementally in their daily lives. The therapy space I provide is compassionate, empathic and transparent. I hope to support people to overcome their barriers and to develop more helpful patterns of behaviour so with the view to supporting people to feel less distressed, more in control, and moving in a direction that matters to them.
The Models I Work With
My practice is integrative, drawing on a range of evidence-based theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. My work is also informed by Attachment Theory and Systemic Therapy. I enjoy working with families, partners and carers, if required, and consider the wider system in formulating difficulties. I would look forward to discussing these approaches with clients to ensure that they meet their needs.
Training and Qualifications
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D. Clin. Psychol.) –University of Southampton, 2017
- PhD Cognitive Psychology – University of Southampton, 2012
- MSc Research methods in Psychology – University of Southampton, 2007
- BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Southampton, 2006
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Southern Health – due to commence Sept 2018
- Clinical Supervisor Workshops – University of Southampton, March & June 2018
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – Russ Harris Online Course – June 2016
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), PYL34562