Sarah Collings

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I have been working in private practice since the mid-1990’s, and also have experience of working in both primary & secondary care in the NHS, and in the voluntary sector. I work with couples as well as individuals, and supervise 1-2-1 and groups. The complexities of human nature whether emotionally, mentally, physically or sexually, or a combination of all these aspects, never fails to intrigue and inspire. I have experience in most aspects of sexuality, including cultural and ethnic, and try to bring humanistic values to my work  at all times.

Training, Qualifications and Experience

2010 – MPhil in Health Studies, Kings College, London

2003 – MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of East London

2000 – Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision, School of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London

2000 – Advanced Certificate in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy, School of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Whittington Hospital, NHS Trust

1999 – Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (Distinction), School of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust – Validated by South Bank University

1999 – Specialist Certificate in Cross-Cultural Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regent College School of Psychotherapy & Counselling

1997 – Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling, Regent College School of Psychotherapy & Counselling

Present Appointments

2008 – present: Supervisor (part-time) for couple counsellors, West London Centre for Counselling, 137A Coningham Road, London W12 8BU

1997-present: Psychotherapist, counsellor, psychosexual therapist, & clinical supervisor in private practice

Past Appointments

2004-2010: Honorary Research Fellow, Burdett Gastrointestinal Institute, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow

October 2004 – April 2006 Psychosexual therapist / psychotherapist at O & G Clinic, Central Middlesex Hospital, London -1 NHS session per week

July 2001- October 2003 Psychosexual therapist/psychotherapist x 2 NHS sessions per week attached to O & G clinic @ Central Middlesex Hospital (Post included researching possible psychosexual needs of Somali women attending the African Wellwoman’s Clinic)

October – December 2003 Locum psychosexual therapist @ Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for 1 session per week seeing psychosexual patients and also HIV sero-discordant couples who had applied to the sperm washing programme

April 2001 – Jan 2002 Sessional Assessment Counsellor at West
London Centre for Counselling 2 days per week

Feb 2000 – June 2001 – Counsellor in Primary Care (1/2 day weekly) for Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health NHS Trust

Feb 1999 – April 2001 Psychosexual Therapist @ Caldecot Centre, Kings College Hospital, London (2 NHS sessions weekly)

July 1999 – Feb 2000 Counsellor / Advocacy Worker @ Full of Life (Counselling parents of children with special needs)

Sept 1999 – July 2000 Tutor on Cert. In Counselling Theory @ Central School of Counselling & Therapy

Sept 1999 – May 2000 Supervisor of Volunteer Counsellors @ 3 C’s Counselling Service (Counselling for Carers of Children with Special Needs) @ West London Centre for Counselling

August 1998 – July 1999 P/T Counsellor / Development Worker for the 3 C’s Counselling Service (Counselling for Care of Children with Special Needs) @ West London Centre for Counselling

July 1997 – Jan 1999 Volunteer counsellor @ Milton Skills Drug Rehabilitation Centre

June 1997 – March 1998 Sessional Group Facilitator for the Recently Diagnosed Course at Body Positive

November 1994 – June 1997 Volunteer counsellor at Body Positive


2000 – Accredited member (psychotherapist) of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners

2000 – Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy

2000 – Accredited member of the College for Sexual & Relationship Therapy (formerly BASRT)

Published Papers

Collings S.and Norton C. (2004) “Women’s experiences of faecal incontinence: a study” British Journal of Community Nursing Vol. 9, No.12, pp: 520-523

Keshet-Orr J. & Collings S. (2004) “Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy in the 21st Century” Self and Society Vol.32 No.2, pp:28-37

Comerasamy H, Read B, Francis C, Cullings (sic) S, Gordon H (2003) “The acceptability and use of contraception: a prospective study of Somalian women’s attitudes” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.23, No.4, 412-415

Collings S. (2001) “Working with Cultural Difference: Implications for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy” Self and Society Vol.29, no.2, pp: 24-31

Collings S. (2000) “Excitement, Challenge and Ethics in the Voluntary Sector” Counselling News Issue. 12, pp:4-7

Collings S. (1999) “Counselling People with HIV” The AIDS Letter, Royal Society of Medicine Press Vol.90 pp:1-3

Conference Papers

Collings S. and Norton C. (2011) “Psychosocial and psychosexual issues of women living with faecal incontinence” – WCOGA Conference, London, UK

Morris N. and Collings S.(2003) “The role of the psychosexual therapist in the gynaecology department of a London Health Service hospital” – 16th. World Congress of Sexuality, Cuba

Morris N. and Collings. S (2003) “Observations about North African women’s attitudes to sexuality: discourse or intercourse” – 16th. World Congress of Sexuality, Cuba

Conference Posters

Collings S. and Norton C. (2004) “Psychosexual issues for women with bowel problems” – 7th Congress of European Federation of Sexology, UK


2003 – present: Member of UKAHPP re-accreditation committee

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