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Aims of My thinking space, psychology services; 

The fundamental value that underpins My thinking space, is to facilitate positive mental health by enabling each individual it works with, to discover the knowledge, insight and confidence that allows them to live in a way that is meaningful and important to them

Dr Sarah Flanagan
BSc (Hons), D.Clin.Psych, CPsychol

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A bit about Sarah

Sarah is a chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has over 15 years experience working in mental health, across the NHS, private healthcare and research settings. She is registered with the Health and Care professions council (HCPC), who are the regulatory body for Clinical Psychologists.


Sarah qualified as a doctor of Clinical Psychology in 2014 from the Universities of Coventry and Warwick. She has experience of working in adaptive ways that suit the needs of each individual. 


Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Sarah has worked with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health and emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has also worked in the field of eating disorders. 


Her work in the field of mental health has led to contributions of academic journal articles and lead authorship on her doctoral research, which looked at the topic of post traumatic growth. 



Qualifications and Training:


Sarah maintains her clinical practice through regular attendance at relevant workshops and conferences and other areas of continued professional development.


November 2017 STAR: Supervision workshops Part 2


July 2016 STAR: Supervisor and Recognition Training Days Part 1


2011 – 2014: The Universities of Coventry and Warwick

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych)


2001 – 2005: Aston University

BSc Hons Human Psychology





Flanagan, S., Patterson, T. G., Hume, I. R., & Joseph, S. (2015). A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between unconditional positive self-regard and posttraumatic growth. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 14(3), 191-200.


Marwaha, S., Gilbert, E., & Flanagan, S. (2014). Implementation of an employment intervention in mental health teams: a naturalistic 1-year employment outcome study in people with severe mental illness. Journal of Mental Health, 23(3), 135-139.


Marwaha, S., Parsons, N., Flanagan, S., & Broome, M. (2013). The prevalence and clinical associations of mood instability in adults living in England: results from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007. Psychiatry research, 205(3), 262-268.

Therapy and Consultation

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Sarah’s approach is informed by what is known as psychological formulation. This means that we would meet to complete a detailed initial appointment to gain an understanding of why you may be seeking therapy or personal development right now. This usually includes thinking together about relevant historical experiences, learning about patterns of repeating behaviours that keep your difficulties going, as well as thinking about your natural resilience and strengths that can help you move in a direction that you want. Together we then decide on a focus for our sessions and review this regularly to ensure that the approach we are using remains helpful.

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