Sarah Wayland is an Australia Counselling member who holds the unique title ofsocial worker and successful freelance writer.

She has found that writing and blogging has been an effective way to attract new clients into her practice and raise her profile in the community.

In this interview Sarah speaks about:

  • How her journey as a writer and therapist came about
  • The benefits of being a psychotherapist who writes
  • How to find content to write about
  • Tips for therapists that are nervous about beginning to write
  • How blogging is different from academic writing
  • How writing for a magazine is different from blogging
  • How regularly you should be writing for your own website and other publications
  • The benefits of writing for other publications and guest posting

Watch the video below or listen to the podcast audio above.


About Sarah:

Sarah Wayland Sydney counsellor psychotherapistSarah Wayland is a social worker with a passion for stories. She runs a counselling practice in the Hills District of Sydney, speaks at community events about emotional health, women’s issues and loss and is in the final stages of completing her doctoral thesis on the role of hope for families of missing people. Alongside her practice she is a successful freelance writer for print and online media publications blending her interest in storytelling with her love of the written word. Her goal is to speak at a TED event and to always be respectful that people willingly choose to share their lives with her. Find out more on

Listen to the audio with the player at the top of this post, or listen on SoundCloud, Stitcher Radio, or subscribe in iTunes.

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Examples of Sarah’s writing:

Faces of a Fallen City [Mindfood]

When a Teen’s Idol Dies [Essential Kids]

How to Talk About Suicides [Daily Life]

Missing and Found: Understanding the Privacy Needs of Missing People [The Conversation]

Most popular blog posts: 

The Space in Between Interview Series

The Nest Egg

Missing Persons week



photo credit: the Italian voice