Hampshire Based Sober Coach & Mentor 


Sober coach Hampshire

Like many others, my drinking narrative began as a social confidence boost evolving over twenty-five-years;  to become a self-medicating escape from stressful situations and uncomfortable emotions.  Progressively I no longer needed an excuse or an occasion to drink.  Unwittingly my psychological crutch had re-wired and hijacked my brain chemistry, making my behaviour compulsive and biased.  Drinking became a daily priority, my social boost had beguiled me and become an addiction. ​ I eventually lost my autonomy, my dignity, my self-respect and finally my closest connections of love and meaning.


For years the fear of losing my so called ‘coping mechanism’ kept me stuck, making it impossible for me to move forward in my life.  After one downward spiral too many I finally entered my local drug and alcohol service.  Now with five years of recovery, I am happier than I believed possible, confident and at ease with myself, life feels simpler and freer.



  • To feel socially confident, liberated from self-limiting cultural beliefs and rituals around drinking. 

  • To maintain healthy coping and decision-making skills, replacing past subconscious automatic “go-to” drinking behaviour. 

  • To put personal balance, structure and self-regulation back into your life. 

  • To bring self-acceptance and closure to emotional and psychological fixations towards drinking.

  • To pinpoint and overcome inner tension and resistance to long term transformation. 

  • To develop your self-belief and emotional resilience to live life on life’s terms with lasting fulfilment and peace of mind in your sobriety. 

Whether you are transitioning from a residential programme, an outpatient detox, or have chosen your own route to sobriety;  you can use my insights and experience as a sounding board to voice your hopes and fears, your “yes buts” and “what if’s .” With no judgement or instruction, only confidential support and encouragement.    


I have created a relapse prevention model of self-growth and development which addresses cognitive, emotional and behavioural issues focused around creating a new life in recovery.  Individually tailored around your needs with time managed accountability, to support you in meeting your short and long-term goals; moving you positively forward from where you are, to where you want to be. 

Please Contact Me

Southgate St, Winchester, Hampshire​​

Tel: (07765) 286 410   |   sjsmylie@yahoo.co.uk

Life Coaching from your location or mine

£60 per 1 ½ hour session 

No obligation initial appointment


I drank for happiness and become unhappy

I drank for joy and became miserable

I drank for sociability and became argumentative

I drank for sophistication and became obnoxious

I drank for friendship and made enemies

I drank for sleep and awakened without rest


I drank for strength and became weak

I drank “medicinally” and acquired health problems

I drank for relaxation and got the shakes

I drank for bravery and became afraid


I drank for confidence and became doubtful

I drank to make conversation and slurred my words

I drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell

I drank to forget and was forever haunted

I drank for freedom and became a slave

I drank to erase problems and saw them multiply 

I drank to cope with life and invited death

Author Anonymous

Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised.

Sober coach in hants


"I look forward to our sessions every week because its such a reassurance to know that I'm not alone and that other people are going through what I have gone through."


"After 6 months of sobriety, I felt I had no direction and had lost my identity. I worked with Sarah, for 3 months. In this time, Sarah helped me to soul search. To find who I wanted to be, what I believed in and focus on my future destination. Her clever use of worksheets and guidance helped me to dig deep and positively set me on my way. Her support and guidance were invaluable. I highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a bespoke experience in their journey to recovery and self."


"Talking to Sarah was so easy. I recommend speaking to her if you are struggling or need some guidance in recovery."


"Sarah has extensive knowledge of addiction – both lived and scientific. I instantly felt at ease and knew I was in the right place to get help. We discussed my needs and identified areas of my life which were having negative effects. Sarah devised a plan with achievable goals. She furnished me with tools that allowed me to challenge my thought processes, knowing I had our weekly session to debrief. Gradually, I became more empowered and capable. I even began to socialise – something I never thought possible before! I cannot recommend her services enough, she has been instrumental in my recovery."


"To anyone that's struggling with addiction - Sarah helped me so much!  Lifted me over and above.  She's met my family, my friends and changed my life.  I can't thank her enough for the honesty and wonderful guidance."


Southgate St




Tel: (07765) 286 410


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