"Thankyou for being there for me, I feel more confident and happy than I have done for years"  Debbie.

*** New Location - After 20 years practising in Southampton I am moving to Tenby, Pembrokeshire and will be practising there from late May 2018.  Face to Face sessions are available in Tenby, and as usual Skype or Telephone sessions are available for anybody who lives too far away. ***
'For the past 20 years I have searched for the most efficient and useful solutions to our problems as human beings.  I have specialised in the techniques I have found to increase life fulfillment, happiness & confidence.  My fondest hope is that the knowledge I can share with you brings more richness and happiness into your life than you can imagine.'

As the founder of Brighter Life I have worked in private practice as a Life Coach and Counsellor for over 20 years.  I am passionate about personal growth and continually explore my own self-development, so that I am offering you only tried and tested advice.  I feel privileged to have witnessed dramatic life changes in my clients.

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 In regard to Life Excellence Coaching, this is a fun and exciting way to find out what you want in life and how to get it.  This area is very close to my heart and I continue to find new ways to make my life happier and more rewarding all the time.  I have found that the secrets to happiness involve principles that we can all include in our lives, if only they were taught as part of the school curriculum!  The way to happiness will i'm sure surprise you as much as it has surprised me, it is already inside each of us, we just need to reconnect and find out how to listen in again.  The key then is simply to learn the skills and apply them.

In regard to Counselling, although I am experienced in a number of different therapies including Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I work WITH you to tailor a personalised and individual approach based on your preferences.  Further to this I use state of the art techniques that allow for rapid and long-term results from fields such as NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  I have found that therapy does not always have to be hard work and neither does it have to take many months or years!

Most importantly I will take the time to listen to you and will take you and what you say seriously.  We will work through issues with the intention of reconnecting you to who you truly are at core, uncovering destructive patterns that lead to self-sabotaging behaviours, and identifying any self-limiting beliefs.  We will also focus on present moment and forward looking systems of change, to assist you in expressing who you are without fear, ending self-sabotage and building freeing and exciting beliefs. 

  I work with a directive style, so I am happy to offer you solutions.  This dynamic works well in my Counselling practice because I understand that only you can know what is best for you, and that ultimately you will decide on any action you do or do not take. If you like to keep your private life, private, you can also rest assured that any issues you have will not appear on your medical files, or be visible to future employers.

 My core values are freedom, honesty, straight-forwardness, trust and acceptance.  I strive to live up to these values in my own life, and work with them in mind. I work with compassion, empathy, respect and understanding of the individual person.  I consider the client as expert and understand that you are the only person who knows what is best for you.


I have a B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Southampton University, and also hold professional advanced qualifications in Counselling skills and concepts.

Most importantly I have overcome my own difficulties in life and so speak from experience.  I have dealt with my own childhood issues so I am able to guide you through this process without fear.  I have also overcome social anxiety and during this process developed a new and innovative therapy that is having fantastic results for others.  On this journey I have built my own self-esteem and confidence and know what it takes to get there.

My experience with NLP spans over 15 years and I keep up to date with new and exciting developments in the field.  I worked as a group leader for a nationwide charity for 5 years, working with individuals who experience, phobia, anxiety or ocd. I also founded and ran the Southampton Social Anxiety Group for 12 years.

Despite my psychology training in the UK I do see people as individuals!  Whilst I work with a scientific understanding of the person, most of my knowledge of how people truly work was built up from many fields of knowledge and study outside of standard academia.

A note to counselling clients who have tried everything........

 Many of my clients have worked with numerous therapists over the years with little or no success.  People are often exhausted by the search for help and are in despair.  Some clients even accept that they will have to live with their issue forever, as they have been told this time and again by medical professionals.  A visit to the Doctor will today still likely result in a drug prescription or after a wait a 6 - 8 week course with a CBT counsellor, just not in any way good enough.

We at Brighter life understand fully the frustration felt by clients who have been let down by the system.  We are determined to give you hope that there is a way to find a brighter life, where you can live the life you want.  Unlike many practitioners, we also offer a money back guarantee if you do not feel that you have gained anything from a session.

My work is about freedom. Freedom to think, feel
and be who you are. Freedom from your fears and
Freedom to choose without limiting beliefs.



 What will my experience as a client be?  

 I think this question is best answered by TESTIMONIALS from people who have worked with me:

 "I got the job!  I would never have had the courage to apply for a position like this before we worked together. Donna, Lymington."

 "Working with you was like a breath of fresh air.  I now work less for more money, and have found a balance between work and family life.  I will be booking some more sessions very soon" John, Southampton.

 "My relationship is back on track, I know that without working with you  we would have been  in the divorce courts by now." (private)

 "Thanks Sasha for your understanding, empathy and lack of judgement, I felt like I was talking to a good friend during our sessions.  After searching for a solution to my problems for over ten years I had no idea I could turn things around so quickly just by finding the right counsellor for me.  My life is so different now, I have so much more laughter, happiness and fun and my relationships are better for that."  Jane, Bitterne.

 "After years of panic attacks and avoiding social situations, I just wanted to let you know that I have had so much fun over the last few months.  I had no idea I could ENJOY meeting lots of new people so much.  I can also go where I want when I want without fear".  Thank you,  Dave, Winchester. 

"By the time I began to work with Sasha I had been suffering with low self-esteem and depression for nearly 15 years.  After seeing many therapists and constantly being offered medications by my doctor I almost gave up looking for help.  A good friend recommended Sasha and my life has changed dramatically since seeing her.  

What I liked most was that she was genuinely interested in what I wanted, and listened to me without judgement.  She understood my issues and explained how my responses were totally understandable, and then told me HOW I could make positive changes QUICKLY.  For once I was not made to feel mad or bad and she quickly assisted me with enthusiasm and compassion as I worked my way through the maze of thought patterns and actions that had kept me going around in destructive and negative circles for years.  Finally I understand my issues and have the knowledge, skill and motivation to grasp happiness, accept myself more and more and enjoy life to the full.  Diane, Southampton".


I am a member of the British Psychological Society and hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance.