For the last 15 years Harrogate Sanctuary has been totally gender specific, offering bespoke treatment to women through our Six Week Programme, which was founded by us and as time has gone by we have seen hundreds of women, who have been liberated from the despair and cage that habitual drinking has led them too, leaving them feeling so isolated and often frustrated as to why this should happen to them. We have shown, that they are no means alone, and the success rate with this very non disruptive method, which is unique, has given 86% of my clients liberation and choice.
We also now have a controlled drinking method for both women and couples who feel that they would benefit from controlled drinking, and reduce their current use of alcohol. This will suit those who know they are drinking too much but are not dependent, simply fallen into a habit. There is not a regimented routine as there has to be with the Six Week Programme, but appointments online when you feel you need support and advice. There are more details on the new page if you click the title in the menu bar above
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The way the Sanctuary method works is to offer for the first time with this particular problem, intensive yet sensitive tailored care.


Anyone who misuses alcohol and has tried to seek help, usually will find that they have to be subject to at least one box ticking exercise, and Audit. This will be difficult and often give the ‘patient’ a feeling of great shame. After going through this standard test, counselling perhaps will be offered, or AA suggested.


I recognized long ago, that there was need for not only gender specific care, at the very least, but more importantly individual care, without the blanket coverage given currently by mainstream agencies.


At the Sanctuary, Technology is used in its best form for this treatment. Although I prefer to meet my clients at least once, for international clients Facetime or Skype is brilliant, and from thereon in, we can use modern methods to address an old age problem that now has been completely normalised and very cleverly marketed by the Alcohol industry. Our method is gentle, convenient and more importantly it works. Good cognitive therapy has to be a two way street, without rules, we are all so different. As much as peer support can be helpful and useful, expertise is vital to know which buttons need to be pressed to have a long term release from the chaos that drinking too much can bring. This treatment lasts a minimum of six weeks, with daily contact, and access to my service 16/7. There are no boundaries, and ultimately there is total liberation from a well marketed drug that has left so many of us in deep despair.



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Women carry so much baggage and responsibility, flogging ourselves over not being perfect and succeeding daily attempting to have it all. We have to be better, brighter, more attractive, capable and in control.  Drinking takes the edges off, gives confidence. I was a highly functioning dependant drinker, until the wheels fell off. Then I just lurched from one crisis to the next. My life became chaotic and just a series of crises that eventually led to me realising I wanted my control back. 


Now, at The Sanctuary,  I guide without judging, suggest without telling, and empathise without smugness. As a qualified Alcohol counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, I understand the clinical reasons behind misuse of alcohol, but more importantly I suffered the pain of a dependant drinker  and can give much better long term help that leads to a successful recovery or controlled drinking regime.


Our programme is flexible and fits in with your lifestyle, we are the only bespoke, gender specific service operating a successful online service if required, and have a worldwide client base. Currently, 86% of my clients are Alcohol Free.


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Our fees are discretionary as one size does not fit all. As is the length of time our services are required. We hold an hour ice breaker meeting and take it from there. 


The programme lasts a minimum of six weeks involving face to face meetings, either at my Sanctuary or if clients are local I will visit at their homes, or via Factime or Skype. We have daily contact, this is not 9-5, but 16/7. So each day I ask for a diary via email, that I respond to the same day. If clients are anxious or finding a trigger too much to bear, they can text or phone me. I am available and on call whenever needed. 


We also have perfected a very successful online programme for overseas clients.

On the final day of my six weeks of working with you, six weeks of being alcohol free, I spent my 50th birthday having the most wonderful time, laughing, chatting and enjoying myself as much as - no that's not quite true - more than, I have done in years.  Because on my 50th birthday I knew, for the first time in over 30 years, that I no longer wanted or needed alcohol to feel truly happy.

After spending over half my life depending daily on ever larger quantities of wine to get me through almost every aspect of my life, I never thought in a million years that I'd ever be able to achieve such a feat. I am so immensely grateful to you for helping me get there, every single step of the way. From the first, faltering, frightened, doubt-filled days, to today, a new alcohol free me, in control of my actions, decisions and thoughts.  No more desperate worries about my life spiralling out of control, bleak hopelessness and deep self-hatred, instead a huge sense of energy, pride, self-worth, and optimism for my future, as a mother, a friend, a colleague and a person. I am no longer just existing, I am living again.

You have been an inspiration and a rock, and I hope that I will carry with me the strength and the clear-sightedness that you have given me for the rest of my life.  All of those wonderful things that I now see that alcohol took away from me, you have helped me regain.

Your insights, deep understanding, knowledge, advice, empathy and support have buoyed me through the tough times, and have encouraged and inspired me to believe in myself, forgive myself, and like myself again, for the first time in many long years.

You have given me my life back, Sarah, and the pride and positivity that I feel is immeasurable.

You are a remarkable and wonderful person, and I feel so immensely lucky that I've had the incredible good luck to have had your presence in my life.

You have my deepest gratitude always.






There is nothing else like the Sanctuary. Over the years I tried the lot. Rehab, at massive finanial cost,  hypnotherapy, that was very short term, addictions counsellors who were always on the clock, and I was desperate to break my habit of wine drinking on a daily basis.


Sarah is skillful and truly does care. Now having my wellness back is completely outstanding. I owe her so much, and if anyone doubts the effectiveness of her treatment I would be more than happy to speak to them. Helen London

After years, 25 to be precise, of trying to find my way out of the grip of alcohol, I found Sarah and the Sanctuary. No-one does it better, she is simply the best. Anna New York USA




" Sarah offers a long term solution, not a quick temporary fix. From over a bottle of wine a night for 15 years, I am now a non drinker." Claire Devon.



" Sarah provides exceptional treatment & service, this is about so much more than drinking too much"  Anne T. London