Sarah Wayland

Writer / Counsellor / Speaker

A successful Sydney based freelance writer blending a background in trauma support with the skill of storytelling. Sarah writes predominantly about life, loss and the spaces in between for mainstream media, Government organisations and corporate business success stories. Contact her to discuss a story idea.




A counselling framework to support families of missing persons

Supporting Those Who Are Left Behind

ISBN 978-0-9804405-0-8 Each year in Australia, 35,000 people are reported missing to police. That’s one person every 15 minutes. For every missing person’s case reported, at...

Stories of courage from families of missing persons

A Glimmer of Hope

ISBN 0734728646 Stories of courage from families of missing persons. This anthology catalogues four different stories from family members of missing persons - a sister,...

Corporate Writing

Australian Writers Centre

Australian Writers Centre - Writing Bar

Lindy Alexander goes from social worker to freelance writer

Lindy Alexander, 34, a social worker and mum, completed the course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing at the Australian Writers' Centre in 2011. At the time, she was pregnant...


Jocelyn Pride: The travel writer

Jocelyn Pride completed the Australian Writers' Centre Travel Writing course in the summer holidays of 2011. She grew up in a home where storytelling was prominent. Her mother's...


Cassy Small: Writing is her first love

Cassy Small, 32, is a Sunshine Coast health and wellbeing writer. She completed the Australian Writers' Centre Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 course online in January...

Radio, Television and Podcasts


Sarah Wayland 3MT Trans Tasman Finals University of Western Australia

Sarah Wayland 3MT Trans Tasman Finals University of Western Australia


Social Media in Tragedies by ABC NSW

Discussing the use of social media in dealing with the grief of tragedies and the fight to stop violence against women. Fiona Wyllie with Sarah Wayland and Jane Caro.


Matt & Jane's Missing Persons Show | KIIS 101.1 - A New Station For Melbourne

Matt & Jane are shining a light on the people that are reported missing in Australia each year. 35,000 people go missing every year - that equates to one person reported missing...

ABC Radio National Life Matters

In limbo: the pendulum between hope and grief

As the search continues for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board, many of us watch on with intrigue. But the families of the passengers and crew on board...

Australia Counselling

Malaysia Airlines MH370: The Psychology of Missing People

The shock disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 with 239 people on board this week over the Gulf of Thailand while on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has captured the...

Australia Counselling

Writing and Psychotherapy: Every Person's Life is a Worth a Novel

Podcast: 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...

ABC Radio National Life Matters

Holding on to hope: families of missing people

In Australia 35,000 people go missing every year. While 95% of those people are found, often within the first week, the remaining 'missing' leave behind family and friends that...

SBS Insight


Are we doing enough to track down missing people? Add Your Comments Currently comments Jenny Karmas came home from work one evening to an unlocked, empty house. Although her...


Gone Missing by triple j Hack

35,000 people go missing in Australia every year. Most are found quickly. But imagine if your loved one never came home.

MiNDFOOD - MiNDFOOD Radio: Sarah Wayland

International Missing Childrens Day

Each year, about 35,000 reports are received by the police regarding a missing person and 1600 people remain missing. We chat to counselor Sarah Wayland about her work in the...

ABC Radio National Life Matters

Missing young people

Couch surfing, having some time out, having a break - these are not terms you usually associate with missing people. But young people who lose contact with their families and...