Dr Sarah Peter, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Sarah is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families.

Sarah has worked in specialist child mental health teams in the NHS for over ten years, gaining significant experience of helping children and young people who are struggling with difficult emotions and experiences. As well as working in community mental health teams with children of all ages and their parents, Sarah has experience working in services for babies and young children, as well as with adolescent inpatients.

Sarah specialises in working individually with children or parents who are struggling to make sense of confusing feelings or behaviours. She enjoys collaborating with families to help gain a better understanding of complex issues and experiences.

Sarah teaches psychoanalytic theory and developmental psychology at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She also offers consultation and supervision to other professionals working in mental health and children’s services.


Sarah is a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). The ACP is the regulatory body that acts as the sole provider for NHS funded and recognised trainings for psychotherapists specialising in treating children and young people. The ACP is an accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).

Sarah did her clinical training at the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She has a Masters (MSc) in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London and a Doctorate (DPsych) in Psychotherapy from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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