Sara French MBACP
Qualified, Registered, Experienced counsellor working with individuals, couples, families and children.
Centrally located very private practice in Lymington with easy access and parking.
Offering a warm and professional service
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Working in association with Psychologist Stuart Cresswell
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.
You may be troubled by something in the past or present.
You may be experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, sleeping problems or self harm.
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.
It is sometimes difficult for people to express themselves openly to those who are close to them. We will work together on whatever issues you need to address. I offer a safe environment so you can explore and talk in confidence; knowing that what you say and feel will be respected.
I offer daytime and evening appointments and a free telephone consultation of up to 15 minutes may help you decide whether to come for an initial session.
I offer a one off session of 50 minutes for £40. This session is a stand alone experience and many people have found that in itself it is enough for them for now and that they experience an insight or 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.
WAY OF WORKING - RELATIONSHIPS, COUPLES, EXES, FAMILY OR WORK RELATIONSHIPS
I have developed a way of working with couples and other relationships that includes my colleague Stuart; a Chartered Psychologist. We work together with you in a combination of joint and individual sessions. This is a brief intensive intervention (most commonly over the space of around 5 or 6 weeks) designed to help you move on as individuals and in your relationship.
Client feedback - male client following couple work. "I was frankly sceptical about counselling. I am now a fan, Sara and Stuart provided a safe environment...at times it was very emotional but it was one of the best experiences of my life and certainly saved my relationship. Above all, we are simply much happier."
We also work with separated and divorced couples. Most often in situations where there is conflict over money, children, hurt feelings, new partners or any number of issues. Stuart and I work towards helping you resolve the relationship and move on. The divorced and separated couples we work with really want to communicate well; particularly when they have children together. The pattern we see is one of a genuine willingness to co-parent successfully and generously but somehow not being able to maintain a healthy separated relationship. We have helped couples resolve the 'bad feeling' that so often has an impact on the children. This is different from mediation which is about negotiating over specifics. This is an emotional resolution which makes communicating well with your ex not only possible but also fruitful. We work with couples who would otherwise have engaged in extensive, expensive legal processes.
Couple (and ex couple) work first session is for 90 minutes. This gives us plenty of time to be immediately helpful to you. Couples have told us this length of session takes the heat out of the situation and that this session alone has been useful to them. Of course you may choose to come for a few more sessions but this is your choice. Please call to discuss or arrange an initial meeting with both Stuart and me.
Take a look at our website to find out more about us and the work we do together. www.frenchandcresswell.co.uk
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please email, call or text me. Sometimes I am with clients so if you don't reach me on the phone and don't want to leave a full message just leave me a number so I can call you back.
TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
I studied Person Centred Counselling in Southampton and have worked with clients since; both privately and in various settings including Children's Services and Education. I am a trainer and supervisor of other therapists. My original training was BACP Accredited and I am listed on the BACP Register.
I have practiced mindfulness and meditation and am happy to share some relaxation and mindfulness skills with my clients if this seems appropriate. I am very interested in the recent advances in Neuro-science in the understanding and treatment of trauma.
I play the guitar, the Irish drum and sing.
You are very welcome to ask me any questions about my background and indeed my life. I grew up on a farm in Wiltshire, worked for many years as a Nanny and travelled a little; living in Denmark for 6 months. I have a daughter who is 24.
I run a decorative salvage business alongside my counselling practice and see this as a great balance. I have an insatiable love for both landscape and photography. I am curious about notions that more modern ways of living may have a negative effect on our mental health and am currently expanding my experience in the areas of psychogeography; noticing the effect of environment on wellbeing, and in ecopsychology; the exploration of emotional connection and relationship between human beings and the natural world.
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 - £40 (50 minutes)
Ongoing Individual Counselling - £40 to £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
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|