First Psychology Edinburgh – counselling | CBT | psychotherapy | coaching

Sarah Graham

Chartered Psychologist

About Sarah:
Works as Chartered Psychologist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.

Sarah Graham is an experienced chartered psychologist who works with individual adults and young people (age 11+) with a wide range of issues and problems including: anxiety; depression/low mood; stress; alcohol/substance misuse; anti-social behaviours; violence/aggression; abuse and trauma; sexual thinking/behavioural issues; assertiveness; Asperger's syndrome; mindfulness; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); personality disorders; thought process issues (such as worry, rumination, perfectionism, etc); relationship concerns; and many more issues. 

Sarah has a particular interest in working with those who have experienced trauma, including violence and abuse, to understand how this impacts upon coping, thinking, choices, behaviours, and relationships. She has extensive experience working with autism, suicidality, self-harm, and emotional dysregulation. In addition, she is experienced in working with those who have problematic sexual behaviours particularly related to the internet and use of pornography. 

Sarah's way of working

Sarah works in a holistic and collaborative way with clients and tailors her approach to meet their individual needs and preferences. She draws on a range of evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills, Person-Centred Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has received specialist training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills which can help clients who struggle to regulate their emotions, or experience difficult out-of-control behaviours such as self-harm. She will use elements of Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy, psychoeducation and coaching techniques where appropriate. Sarah aims to develop safe and trusting relationships to help clients work through their concerns in a compassionate way. 

Sarah's background and experience

Sarah has worked in a range of settings including the NHS, the third sector, in a care and education centre for young people, and in the prison service. 

She has an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester, a BSc in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, and a Certificate in Understanding Aggression: Assessment and Therapy from the University of Central Lancashire. In addition, she has completed the British Isles Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills training.

Sarah is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)     

Sarah's fee

Sarah charges £80 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.