Dr Sarah Baxter
Founder of Aurora Psychology
DClinPsych, BSc (Hons)
Available - Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays
I set up Aurora Psychology in 2020 and at the time I also worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the NHS, supporting people with both physical and mental health difficulties; I have over 14 years’ experience. I have specialised in supporting individuals with respiratory conditions and the psychological difficulties which can occur as a result; people who were struggling with their body weight; chronic pain; diabetes; and I have worked with individuals and families at the end of life. Throughout this work I have worked with a wide range of mental health problems. Unfortunately in 2023 I came to the tough decision that working in the NHS had become untenable for me, and so I decided to leave and focus my attention on Aurora, my family, and a better work-life balance.
It possibly sounds strange but from the age of 12 I wanted to be a clinical psychologist; I knew I wanted to help people, to try to understand others and their difficulties as best as possible. I have a deep-rooted empathy, compassion, and an ability to accept others as they are without judgement. I am also what we call congruent – genuine, honest, there is a correspondence between what I feel and what I express.
It is an absolute privilege to do this job, to hear peoples stories and be trusted with them, to walk alongside them on their journey, and to do what I can to help people help themselves.
I am passionate about compassionate focussed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and EMDR, however I pride myself in being able to tailor therapy to the individual and using psychodynamic therapy to first understand where difficulties originate from.
I am a mum, a partner, a family member, a friend, a walker, a runner, a countryside lover, a pub goer, a human with human struggles.
Dr Marie Winterson
DClinPsych, BSc (Hons)
Available - Friday Evenings
I’m Marie and I have been working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS since 2016, mainly with adults with life changing physical health diagnoses. We all face periods of difficulty and uncertainly in our lives and can need support at times. I believe that these periods can sometimes also invite us to examine our lives in more detail and this process can lead to real, lasting, transformation in how we relate to ourselves and others.
I work mainly from a schema therapy informed perspective, which helps us to make sense of here and now difficulties by taking a deeper look at how our early life experiences might be influencing us in the present. Schema therapy is an integrative model that incorporates ideas from cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory and Gestalt therapy. I find it to be a very rich approach that can be easily tailored to the client’s particular difficulties and preferences. I have done further training in third wave cognitive therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Compassion Focused therapy, and often draw on principles from these where it is relevant to the client. I am also EMDR trained and use this frequently, either as a stand-alone therapy for specific difficulties or integrated within a wider piece of therapeutic work.
I understand that beginning therapy can feel like a vulnerable time and fully appreciate how important it is to establish a good therapeutic relationship. My therapy style is warm and informal and I am always open to feedback about what is most helpful for you.
Counselling Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych
My name is Sara and I am a counselling psychotherapist working primarily from a humanistic person-centred approach, whilst integrating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic Therapy (to help understand how your past may be influencing your present and unconscious behaviours/thoughts/feelings) in a way that feels tailored and unique for each client, depending on your individual needs.
My therapy style is warm and inclusive, inviting you to be the person you truly are, your truest and most authentic self - with no apologies, no judgements and no stigmatisation of labels. Together we can discover and uncover any pain and trauma that has perhaps remained 'hidden' along the way; in order to heal and move through that emotion, allowing for a sense of emotional and physical freedom, empowerment and acceptance. I believe that once we understand the "why", the "how" becomes a lot easier to navigate.
My approach comprises of a non-judgemental, safe environment where I believe in treating everybody with care, sensitivity, dignity, respect and therapeutic compassion. My style and approach may also draw influence from Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Somatic Therapy & Mindfulness.
Lee Richards - Counsellor and EMDR therapist
Starting January 2023
Available - Tuesday evenings.
Lee is a very experienced counsellor and EMDR therapist, who has experience working with secondary school children, supporting people with cancer and their carers, and adults with mental health difficulties.
More information coming soon!