Dr Sarah Toft

Flourish Psychological Services Limited offers a range of individual and evidence-based psychological treatments to adults. Dr Sarah Toft has extensive expertise working with adults and their psychological needs; including helping those with a history of trauma, difficult childhood experiences, anxiety and depression.  She has many years experience working in Adult Mental Health services in the NHS and offers a private sector clinic.

The practise is focussed on referrals for adults with mild, moderate or complex psychological issues. Drawing on training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to assess, formulate and tailor treatments specific to your needs and goals. A broad range of psychological needs can be addressed, including, but not limited to: anxiety, insomnia, depression, work-related stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic histories including childhood abuse and domestic violence, bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties.

Finding therapy beneficial will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of the working relationship with your therapist. Therapy is collaborative, you work together with your therapist to better understand your situation and to find the best way to overcome your issue. In order to get the most from your sessions, you will need to feel comfortable enough to be honest with your therapist and to trust in their way of working. Dr Toft has treated a wide range of people from differing backgrounds, with many issues, you can feel reassured in her ability to put you at ease and that she will treat you with respect, patience and sensitivity to your needs.

People come to therapy for many different reasons. Some because they do not wish to share their concerns with a friend or relative either out of shame, or due to a fear of being a burden to them. Some feel they have exhausted other avenues, or because they recognise that their current ways of coping are hindering them. For others, therapy is something that they have postponed for a long time, pushing the issue back into “it’s box” in the hope that the lid would remain tightly shut. When it does not, therapy can provide a place to consider and resolve the issue. Whatever your reason for considering therapy, we can discuss together how therapy could be of benefit to you.

Therapy can be a time for you to consider how past experiences have impacted you and shaped your view of the World, yourself and those around you. Often the ways in which we have coped with life for many years can start to hold us back. Therapy can create an opportunity to review your situation; to make changes; set goals and to recover from your difficulties. Your sessions will be paced to take into account your needs and the issues brought to therapy. Therapy allows you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space.

Unfortunately therapy is not a ‘magic wand’ or a ‘quick-fix’. If the issues which you wish to address are long-standing, then recovery may take time and effort. Therapy can be difficult at times, especially in those situations where issues have been pushed away for a number of years. Thorough consideration of how you will cope with therapy and the internal and external resources you have at your disposal for this, is an essential aspect of therapy.

Dr Toft is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration number PYL22642. The HCPC is an independent regulator, established to protect the public. Registration with the HCPC requires that a health and care professional meets their standards in areas such as proficiency, conduct, training and continuing professional development. Meeting these standards determines a registrants ‘fitness to practise’.

Dr Toft also holds an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.