Sarah Barker has worked for over 24 years in the NHS and private practice, and has specialised in treating people with chronic physical conditions. She has found that formulating and addressing psychological barriers can be key to optimising function and returning to a good quality of life.
She is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council, and has extensive experience of working with individuals, groups and couples in the areas of chronic pain and physical health, depression, anxiety, reactions to stress, CFS, OCD, bereavement and PTSD/complex trauma.
She has an integrative approach to psychological therapy, and has completed additional training in CBT, ACT, mindfulness and systemic therapy. She has published on narrative approaches, chronic pain and chronic illness. She has undertaken Level I and II training in EMDR, and has worked with many people for whom trauma is a significant issue.
For seven years she managed and supervised a team of clinicians working on a residential pain management programme at St Thomas’. This management experience was supplemented by undertaking a diploma and management consultant training in managing teams and change. She currently works part time for the NHS with orofacial pain patients.