Dr Sarah Temple MA MBBChir MRCGP DRCOG

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Doctor Sarah Temple is a Family Doctor with a long standing interest in children’s emotional and mental health. She offers private coaching for young people and families as well as working as a General Practitioner within the National Health Service in England. 

Sarah has a special interest in neurodevelopment and the link between emotional, mental and physical health - in particular the effects of trauma across generations and whole life spans. Sarah talks about the science of stress using the positive, tolerable, toxic stress model developed by Harvard University. She has more than 30 years experience working with children and young people both within General Practice and Mental Health Services (CAMHS). In 2019 she worked as a Named GP for the West Hampshire Children's Safeguarding Team. She has developed a psycho social behavioural intervention which she has shared in Hampshire, Essex and across children's services in Somerset. Sarah has trained as a coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and has created a Mindful Emotion Coaching Programme which is accredited by both the EMCC and the Personalised care Institute (PCI).  She is available for both coaching and consultancy work. She is training with Eckhart Tolle in the School of Awakening 2023 as a teacher of presence.

Sarah has worked closely with parents and carers (including parent carers) who are experiencing life events such as post natal mood change, having a child with additional needs or disability, post traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, divorce, domestic abuse, separation or  ill health. She has undertaken research in to the influence of parental health – both physical and mental – on both parents and children; and the impact on parental health of caring for  children with additional needs, behavioural issues, learning difficulties or disabilities. She has been trained to run Emotion Coaching Parenting Courses by Tuning in to Kids .

Bio from Sarah:

'I am a GP.... I became interested in how childhood experiences affect both physical and mental health outcomes when I was at medical school way back in the mid eighties- before the Anda and Felitti survey and the whole ACE agenda began. I was very fortunate to get taken under the wing of a gifted professor in child psychiatry at the time and my medical student project was on the effects of intergenerational adversity. In the early 1990s I worked in CAMHS and set up the virtual infant and maternal perinatal network in Cornwall before moving to Dorset where I live now. Between 2014 and 2022 I worked with Public Health in Somerset and you can see the history of our work through this e-book . 

The coronavirus pandemic provided a unique opportunity to transfer all our training and coaching to online which has made it very much easier for me to manage. In 2022 I led a school readiness pilot in Yeovil providing coaching for adult caregivers of children in Early Years settings. The book 'all emotions are OK'  sits alongside this piece of work together with resources developed at Anglia Ruskin University by Prof John Lambie - My First Emotions. 

I work with teams to embed the science behind the toxic stress response (the physiological response to ACEs) and develop effective ways of working with families to improve outcomes. In Somerset this has involved working across services, developing a common vision and language and embedding straight forward psycho-education tools that everyone can use.'

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