Sara French MBACP
St Thomas Clinic
St Thomas Park
Ringwood Health Clinic
16-18 Southampton Road
More than 20 years' experience as a qualified therapist.
Working with individuals, couples, families and children.
Centrally located private practices in Lymington and Ringwood 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
- You may be troubled by something in the past or present
- The way you feel may interfere with your everyday life and relationships
- You may have a sense that you are stuck and in conflict with yourself or those around you.
- You may feel out of options, miserable or angry and just can't shake it
- Many people are afraid of their emotions and at times feel over-whelmed
- Depression and dark thoughts create a struggle to 'stay present'
- You may no longer enjoy ordinary pleasures
- Your usual ways of coping may no longer work
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.
Anxiety is a growing problem in complex societies and can make it difficult to accomplish daily tasks, let alone long term goals. Panic attacks make people afraid to be afraid! This fear upon fear can become unbearable.People often report feeling ashamed of their anxieties, as if they are somehow diminished because of them.
Anxiety that turns problematic often begins as a self-protective mechanism that seems to ‘take over’. Understanding how it works can really help.
Counselling can help you move towards a calmer life.
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.
How I work
I offer daytime and evening appointments and a free telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes may 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 psychogeography: the emotional impact of the natural environment on well-being.
“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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One off Session - £50 (50 minutes)
Ongoing Individual Counselling - £50 (50 minutes)
Couples & Relationship Price on Request
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 both Ringwood and Lymington
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|