London Couple Therapy

Dr. Sara Breinlinger 
PhD, Dip.Psychodynamic Mar. Th. BACP(M), BSCPC (FM)

Inevitably, we will all, at some point in our lives experience situations and emotions that we cannot easily make sense of. We may experience a whole host of feelings, which may include feeling lost, alone and confused, depressed and anxious, stressed, angry and frustrated or even fearful and terrified. Not knowing what to do or how to respond to these emotions and the challenging situations we face often makes us feel helpless and stuck.


Most people hope that their relationships will be strong and happy. However, even in good relationships, most couples experience difficulties at some time or other and these relationship problems can be very painful and upsetting for everyone concerned. Although friends and relatives can help when your relationship is going through a rough patch, it can really help to consult a trained professional to help make sense of what is happening and to help find a way forward. 


My Approach

I work in a collaborative way with the aim of creating a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their concerns in a non-judgemental and unbiased way. At the centre of my practice is an approach based on acceptance, empathy and understanding with an emphasis on developing a good working alliance that fosters trust. I believe in working rigorously and in partnership with my clients.  I also take full account of the real world of the client, including the impact of trauma, cultural difference, sexual orientation, disability and social context. 


When working with couples my focus is not on placing the blame or responsibility on either individual, but on carefully exploring the interaction between the two people – their communication, behavioural and emotional patterns. I believe that couples work is very powerful and can help the couple gain a deeper and sometimes quite new understanding of both themselves and their relationships, often opening up a way for couples to free themselves from destructive patterns and establish new and positive ways of relating and communicating. 

About the practice

The London Couple Therapy Practice is a professional and confidential psychotherapy service for individuals and couples based in Hackney, East London.


The practice is run by Dr. Sara Breinlinger a qualified psychologist and BACP accredited relationship psychotherapist.

Getting Help

There are many reasons for wanting to begin therapy. People often consider therapy when they feel distressed, are having relationship difficulties, are struggling to find ways of coping with the stresses of daily life, or are trying to find meaning and purpose in their life. A recent, or current, crisis is often the catalyst, but many people come to take a closer look at issues that they may have been struggling with for some time. 


You needn't be clear about your own reasons.  One of my aims is to help you, perhaps for the first time, to fully articulate and understand those areas of your life that feel difficult, painful, unfulfilled or stuck. This is often the first step towards being able to make your own choices about how to bring about change in your life and in helping you to come to terms with those things that you cannot change. 


Appointments are available on weekdays both daytimes and evenings

Sara helped us sort out our problems and get to the root of the issues. I don't think we would have been able to work through our problems without her.