Please note: Sapiens is not a hotline or manned 24 hours a day. We are unable to respond to crisis calls or crisis emails.

If you need immediate help, please contact your GP or local crisis service providers.

Sara Sanders


MSc (TA Psych), CTA (P), Dip TA psych, UKCP, BA (Hons), RMN, NMC

Sara is a qualified mental health nurse and a UKCP registered psychotherapist. She has worked within mental health services for over 20 years and has specialised in providing psychotherapy for individuals with complex emotional needs for the last 14 years. She is managing director of Sapiens and also works in the NHS as clinical specialist and clinical lead for the high intensity tier of the personality disorder service in Oxfordshire.


Sara has spent a decade working in acute psychiatry and eating disorders prior to specialising in psychotherapy and is a trainer and consultant for mental health professionals.


Sara provides supervision for psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and non-statutory workers. She also works within the homelessness and domestic abuse sectors in terms of consultation and supervision.

Sara is the co-founder of the leading specialist carers service for those with loved ones enduring complex emotional needs and/or a diagnosis of personality disorder. This has involved the design and delivery of education and support for parents, siblings, children, and others thrust into a support role.


She has spoken both nationally and internationally about her work.


Sara works with a relational model of psychotherapy and has an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. This model is integrative and humanistic in its origins and is concerned with relating to her clients on an authentic, human level. She offers a range of therapy and self-growth options.

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Sally Brookes


MSc (Psychodrama), UKCP, BPA,


Sally has worked for 6 years as a psychotherapist in an NHS service which offers treatment to individuals with severe long term emotional difficulties. She has an MSc in psychodrama psychotherapy and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist.


Prior to this she specialised for 18 years in group work programmes with adults and young people in the criminal justice system, working in prisons and alongside the National Probation Service. A highly experienced group worker, she is a former Artistic Director of Geese Theatre Company UK, an internationally recognised leader in the development and delivery of active/theatre based interventions within criminal justice and related settings.


From 2004 - 2010 Sally went on to work as an independent consultant, trainer and group work facilitator. During this period work included the co facilitation of the National Probation Service Community Sex Offender Programme; consultancy support to probation staff delivering the NPS Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme; training for the Northern and East of England Probation Training Consortiums and visiting lecturer on applied theatre for Manchester University and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. International work has included Khati Women’s Prison in Baku, Azerbaijan, exploring human rights and resettlement issues and ongoing work with PMV, an advocacy organisation for Muslim women in Oslo.


Sally is co-author and co-editor of The Geese Theatre Handbook (2002), Waterside Press.


Dan Graham




Dan is trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and has over a decade’s experience working for the NHS in both London and Oxfordshire.


Having first trained at King’s College London as a psychiatric nurse, he took on post-qualifying training to work in child and adolescent mental health services before later working in perinatal mental health and training in parent-infant psychotherapy.


Since training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, he has specialised in working with adults experiencing difficulties in their relationships and their sense of self-worth.

Over the last three years, Dan has worked in an NHS therapeutic community for people with personality disorders.




Gillie Ruscombe-King


Gillie Ruscombe-King is a qualified occupational therapist, psychodrama psychotherapist and group analyst.  In addition to her work with Sapiens she is a clinical specialist in an NHS therapeutic community for those with disordered personalities, employing both psychodramatic and group analytic methods.


Gillie believes passionately in the creative forces involved in personal psychological change and provides individual psychodynamic psychotherapy; group and individual supervision for client work and staff teams; teaching and staff training.

Wilf Hashimi


MSc Psychotherapy, UKCP, CTA (P), MBACP (Snr Accred), Counsellor / Psychotherapist


Wilf is an experienced, fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist accredited by the BACP, and registered with the UKCP.


He has worked within the NHS, a number of other mental health-related organisations, and in private practice for over 12 years.  


Wilf is a skilled trainer, therapist and supervisor.


Wilf’s modality is relational, psychodynamic therapy using the frame of Transactional Analysis, integrating other approaches where appropriate.


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