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Ms Sara Beresford Terry

Ms Sara Beresford Terry

Social Worker AMHSW, Counsellor

Mima Counselling & Equine Assisted Therapy

Sara uses art, play and creative activities to help children express and explore what is troubling them and develop new skills and ideas. Sara is keen to work with your family’s strengths, values and priorities, whether helping you with parenting challenges, or more significant family struggles. Sara is interested in helping adults struggling with ‘Life Transitions’ or 'Trauma Recovery' to find their way and connect with their strengths. ONLINE THERAPY & SUPERVISION AVAILABLE


  • Level 1, Building G, 21 Carter Rd, Menai Central, Menai, Sydney NSW 2234 0481088537 PHONE 0481088537


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Sara offers:
    Individual counselling for children, teens and adults
    Family counselling
    Group programs
    Please see my website below for details.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Adoption / Foster Care, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Autism / Aspergers, Behavioural Issues, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Creativity, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Postnatal Depression, Pre-marital Counselling, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Self Harm, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Art Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, DBT, Developmental, Equine Assisted Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed

    Attachment and Mindfulness informed approaches, Narrative Therapy, Art, Play and creative therapies as well as cognitive behavioural therapy, may form the basis for your work together.

    Sara also has extensive training in Trauma Therapy with both children and adults. Sara offers Resiliency based practice and works within a family centred and child protection framework.


    • BA Applied Social Studies - 1982 - Hertford Uni (UK)
    • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) - 1982 - Hertford Uni (UK)
    • Masters in Counselling - 2001 - Uni Western Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Sara is very keen to receive feedback on the services provided.
    Constructive feedback helps in refining and improving the services offered and more closely tailoring them to meet your needs.
    Sara is committed to on-going professional development and clinical supervision.
    Sara works within the code of ethics of the professional organisations she is registered with: Australian Assoc of Social Workers, and Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia.


    Sara has over two decades of experience working therapeutically with children, families and adults within government, not-for-profit services and private practice, in both UK and Australia. Sara has also taught Social work and counselling at University and currently provides clinical supervision to other social workers and counsellors.


    Please call or email Sara: 0481 008 537

    Transport and Parking

    There is plenty of easy parking at Menai Central


    Counselling sessions $165
    Counselling sessions with Health Card $125
    Medicare rebates avaiable with a GP MH Care Plan
    Rebates from:
    Medibank Private (Life Choice & Life Choice Extras)
    Australian Unity Health (Essesntials & Family Comprehensive)

    Payment Options

    Payments at time of services.
    We have EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities

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    10 Questions with Sara Beresford Terry

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I trained in Social Work in the UK (1982) and was passionate about my work with children and families in various government and non-government agencies. I continued this work when I first migrated to Australia, but began to feel I wanted to do more focused 'therapeutic' work at a deeper level, than my social work roles sometimes allowed.
      I studied a Masters in Counselling and have since enjoyed the opportunity to develop deeper therapeutic relationships, with children, teens, adults and sometimes whole families. I truly enjoy the privilege my professional life offers me to walk alongside others on their journey through difficult times and witness their resilience, growth and healing.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My social work roots still run true and I am committed to the ideas around 'social justice'. Social work also taught me to always try to understand people's situation within their social and cultural context. I like to explore our 'meaning-making' and 'unpack' ideas and beliefs, to take a look at where they may have come from and who they might serve.
      Being an optimistic person, I am drawn to strengths and resiliency based work.
      As I have been interested in meditation for a long time, I am particularly excited about recent advances in neuroscience and how this has deepened our knowledge about attachment and trauma and the beneficial impact of mindfulness practices.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • My areas of interest are quite broad, but most sit within a general interest in Attachment, Resilience, Life Transitions, Mindfulness and Trauma and using creative approaches in therapy.

      I am interested in a mothers pre and post natal mental health, and in the well-being of the attachment relationship between infant / young child and their primary carers. I am interested in relationships within families and the challenges they face as a family goes through changes.

      I have studied Trauma in it's various forms and worked in the area of child sexual assault counselling for over a decade.

      I have experience in supporting families adapting to raising a child with disabilities, or families impacted by chronic illness.

      I am interested in people's experience of anxiety and loss, particularly at times of transition and hard times following changes such as separation/divorce.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Having worked in this profession for a long time, I have 'collected' many methods which I believe work well, along the way and of course I am always picking up new ones.
      It is well known that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, which makes the difference in counselling, rather than the particular method used. So my focus is on building and maintaining that relationship, to hopefully provide my clients with a safe, contained, respectful place to explore and work on whatever it is they bring to counselling.
      Having said that, I do like to use creative approaches in my work, including sand-tray, art, photo language cards, and other creative media to assist with deepening our conversations.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Clients often begin to feel benefits from counselling in the first few sessions. During this time we focus on building the relationship and understanding the difficulties which brought them, along with beginning to address symptoms learn new skills (like Mindfulness) and address the areas of discomfort.
      Symptom management is really only the beginning and as the work and relationship develops we can go a little deeper into discovering and building up resilience and if the client chooses, into exploring/ unpacking what has been supporting the problem.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Yes- that is easy to answer. Being a counsellor requires me to do a great deal of self reflection and make sure my 'stuff' is not interfering with my work with clients. I have heard many sad and horrible stories of hurt, and maybe have lost my naivety about what can happen to and between people. But far more strong is the influence of the many stories of strength I have had the honour to witness, about human compassion, forgiveness, determination, love, recovery and enormous courage, which inspire me and motivate me to be the best counsellor I can be.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I can't really imagine doing anything else. I love the variety of my work, the human connection, the pleasure gained from seeing someone change, grow and re-connect with their own strengths. It is a very special job and I never forget how privileged I am do be able to do it.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course I do! Doesn't everyone?
      I like to think I have more ability these days to ride-out difficult events, to dig deep into my bag of 'Resilience' and know 'things will get better'. I find Mindfulness practice very helpful in keeping me balanced and on the track I want to be on. I have regular clinical supervision to get expert guidance on how I am traveling with my work and I always make sure 'self-care' stays high on my agenda.
      For me self-care includes time with loved ones, friends, pets and nature, and includes a good dose of delicious food and laughter.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Oh my goodness, not sure I can write about this in just a few lines.
      I will keep it simple - we need more kindness.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • It is easier to talk about the sort of art which moves me. I am drawn to work which communicates to me the richness of human experience, life and nature's bountiful beauty, and the enormity of individual and community resilience. And of course I love a good laugh!
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    Ms Sara Beresford Terry

    Sara Beresford Terry

    Social Worker AMHSW, Counsellor

    Sara has over three decades of experience working therapeutically with children, families and adults. She is a compassionate, highly skilled Counsellor and Mental Health Social Worker, committed to reflective practice, and on-going training to remain up-to-date in counselling knowledge and evidence based practice.
    Sara is trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches and will select the best approach to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

    • Menai
    • ACT, Art Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, DBT, Developmental, Equine Assisted Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed