Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

I received this encouraging email from Baroness Newlove today, and with support like this, we will fight on with our aims to liberate women from the strangle hold of alcohol addiction.

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Dear Sarah,

I am very grateful to you for sharing your personal experiences and for your candidness on this difficult subject matter. It is not easy to write about personal matters, but I am greatly inspired by people like you, who have overcome and used their experiences of addiction, to make a positive and long lasting difference to other peoples’ lives.

I too am deeply concerned about the impact alcohol abuse has on women and their families. As I said in my recent report, Building Safe, Active Communities, I want children and parents to understand the terrible, long-term damage to health from alcohol abuse. This, I believe, can be achieved through education and I want to see far more joined up and effective working by agencies to tackle this together.

The work that you and others do to support those with alcohol problems is vitally important. Your message is a very personal and important one and as such, I will bear this in mind as I continue with my work.

Thank you for writing and please take care of yourself.

Warm regards




I am Sarah Turner in my 50's married with two sons. I live in between two pretty villages, just outside of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. My vocation and passion has been to help Women and their families beat alcohol dependence and misuse for many years, and are not able to access appropriate care. Harrogate Sanctuary was born through my fight to find empathetic treatment when I desperately needed it, and failing abysmally. Although I am fully qualified on paper as an Addictions Counsellor and Congnitive Behavioural Therapist, I much prefer to use my own experience as a drunk up until my late thirties, to empathize and understand the problems that Women of today face with the effects and consequences of drinking too much. I adore my family, both human and animal, have three beloved chickens, . My garden never ceases to amaze, and now my boys are grown, I have rather taken to plants to vent my nurturing side. In addition to my own services to my clients, I campaign relentlessly to raise awareness of this hidden epidemic, that still remains such a taboo subject. In the 21st century, it's time for change. To this end I have also co-authored The Sober Revolution, Women calling Time on Wine O'clock, with my friend and ally Lucy Rocca, founder of Soberistas.com.

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