Sara French MBACP
Ringwood Health Clinic
16-18 Southampton Road
More than 20 years' experience as a qualified therapist.
Working with individuals, couples and families.
Centrally located private practices in Lymington and Ringwood (Hampshire), Chippenham & Colerne (Wiltshire) with easy access and parking. Offering a warm and professional service
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Providing the support you need to navigate relationship difficulties, personal and professional challenges, loss, change and past trauma.
I am committed to bringing acceptance to all the people I work with. If you belong to a minority group or feel marginalised and wonder how you may be received by me please take a chance and get in touch.
"How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?" - Leonard Cohen
- Be troubled by something in the past or present
- Be having thoughts or feelings that interfere with your everyday life and relationships
- Have a sense that you are stuck and in conflict with yourself or those around you.
- Feel out of options, miserable or angry and just can't shake it
- Feel over-whelmed
- Be suffering from depression and dark thoughts or anxiety (or both). These create a struggle to 'stay present'
- No longer enjoy ordinary pleasures
- Find your usual ways of coping no longer work
- Feel lost and confused or unable to decide
It is often difficult for people to express themselves openly to those who are close to them. Counselling is a way of caring for yourself. We will work together on whatever issues you need to address. I offer a safe environment so you can explore and talk in confidence; at your own pace. What you say and feel will be respected. Emotions help us understand both historical experiences and more recent life events. I am experienced in helping people connect with themselves and those around them; leading to greater acceptance of self and others.
I will offer you the support needed to help you move forward with refreshed understanding, acceptance and authenticity.
The relationships you form and nurture can contribute to a full and satisfying life. It is also true that your relationships may be getting in the way of your personal wellbeing. Our relationships now can reflect those of the past. I often work with people who have been abused, neglected and bullied as children. These past relationships cast shadows over the present day. You may even find yourself accepting unacceptable treatment, feeling confused, bottling up resentments or displaying intense anger.
Counselling can help you move towards fulfilling relationships in your personal and professional life and also connect, or reconnect with nature and humanity. You may be surprised to find that the relationship with a counsellor can shed light on relationships of the past and so much more.
Please enquire about couple and relationship therapy.
How I work
I offer daytime and evening appointments in Hampshire and Wiltshire and therapy in your own home in Wiltshire. You can just email or call me for an appointment or let me know you would like a free telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes to help you decide whether to come for an initial session.
I offer one-off and ongoing sessions. Initially a single session is a stand alone experience and can lead to insight or help break through a barrier of some kind.
In this session you will be able to share what has brought you to counselling. Meeting face to face in this way is valuable for you to decide if I can be helpful to you if you are thinking of some ongoing sessions.
There's no obligation to come for more than one session. Continuing sessions are most often once each week and for 50 minutes but frequency and duration can be adapted to meet your needs and circumstances.
I have practiced Person Centred Counselling for more than 20 years.
I grew up on a farm in Wiltshire, lived in Denmark for a while and have worked with adults and children in the fields of Education, Social Care and Criminal Justice. I play guitar and the Irish drum.
I am interested in advances in neuroscience and the growing understanding of and treatment of trauma. I practice mindfulness and meditation and have had many hours of my own therapy. I have an insatiable love for landscape and photography.
My curiosity about notions that modern ways of living may have a negative effect on our mental health have lead me to explore ecopsychology: dispensing with the walls and roof and working together in the natural environment. Evidence suggests time spent outdoors is good for both physical and emotional well-being. The outdoors promotes calm, healing and new avenues for self-exploration, well-being and change. I work within and on the edges of private ancient woodland in Wiltshire and welcome enquiries from clients who would like to participate in 'walk and talk', or static personal development and therapy outdoors.
“When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams…”
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited Course)
- Diploma in Counselling Level III
- 20 years counselling experience (individuals & couples)
- Training counselling students, foster carers and other professionals
- Work for the NHS and Local Authority and Employee Assistance Programmes
- Registered Member of BACP and adhering to their ethical framework and standards of confidentiality
- Fully Insured
- Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure
- Regularly undergoing supervision and personal development
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling is often regarded as something we do when something is 'wrong'. Many people benefit from using counselling perhaps once each month to help them 'stay well'.
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Fee range is between £40 and £50 depending on venue and circumstances.
Please enquire about:
Counselling for young People
Counselling via Email or Telephone
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings in Ringwood & Lymington, Hampshire and Chippenham and Colerne in Wiltshire Sessions in your own home within a 10 mile radius of Colerne Telephone and Online counselling
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|