Sarah Weir - Registered MBACP (Senior Accredited)

Sarah Weir - Registered MBACP (Senior Accredited)

38-42 Fife Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 1SU

020 8940 7240 / 078711 97396

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38-42 Fife Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 1SU

020 8940 7240 / 078711 97396

About me

INTRODUCTION:

I am a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP, a psychodynamic psychotherapist and have worked as a psychotherapist for over sixteen years. I practice from a consulting room in Fife Road, in central Kingston, within two minutes of the train station and can offer both evening and daytime sessions.

I have a wide range of experience.  I have worked in many different agencies and settings with people presenting with a multitude of issues. I also provide supervision, training to other therapists and run therapeutic groups.   I offer both: Short term, focussed psychotherapy  OR Ongoing, longer term psychotherapy

Many people who come for psychotherapy experience some sort of distress or unhappiness. This could be a general sense of dissatisfaction with life or it could be focused around a particular issue or difficult life event These issues include:


Anxiety and depression                                         Self harm
Suicidal feelings                                                     Panic attacks
Eating disorders or difficulties
with body image and food                                      Low self esteem
Relationship difficulties                                          Sexual or physical abuse
Stressful or traumatic life events                            Grief and loss

At other times, it might be hard to pin point a specific issue,  you might feel a general sense of unhappiness and feeling that you are not reaching your full potential in life, or have lost your direction.

How Can Therapy Help?

Psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential setting to speak openly about the things you're struggling with. It provides the opportunity to make sense of why you are feeling the way that you do. Understanding where your feelings come from, identifying negative ways of thinking can help you to see things from a more constructive perspective.  This can help you to tackle issues that seem overwhelming and come up with new and creative solutions.

Emotional difficulties are sometimes caused by thoughts and feelings that we are not always consciously aware of.  Psychotherapy can help you to understand what is getting in the way of the changes that you want to make.  These underlying difficulties or unhelpful patterns of relating can stem from the past and this can influence the way you interpret current events. Understanding the past and how it has shaped you, can help you to live more fully in the present.

INITIAL CONSULTATION:
I offer an initial consultation session for us to meet and explore whether we can work together and if psychotherapy has the potential to be helpful to you.

This session is usually seventy five minutes long. It is common to feel anxious and uncertain about the initial session. Most people coming for counselling and psychotherapy feel vulnerable in some way and unsure what to expect.

An important element of the first few sessions is to taking time to understand the difficulties you are facing. Before you can resolve a problem, it is important to understand what is causing it.

Working psychodynamically, I believe that it is important to gain a thorough picture of you and your life as it has been until now. Taking time to know you thoroughly and to understand what you hope to gain from psychotherapy, provides the tools to understand your current difficulties and how they might be resolved.

If we feel together that further sessions would be helpful we can meet for on-going sessions. I can provide both short term, focussed sessions to work on a specific issue or longer term, more in-depth work, depending on your needs.  The heart of psychodynamic work is the relationship that we have together as therapist and client.  I aim to provide a warm, vibrant and interactive space to enable you to understand yourself in greater depth.

Training, qualifications & experience

TRAINING:

I have a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, a three year full time course in integrative psychotherapy, undertaken at the University of Auckland.  I went on to complete a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  I also have a qualification in supervision with the British Association of Psychotherapists. I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

EXPERIENCE:
I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 16 years in a wide range of settings. I was a manager of a psychotherapy service that provided community support to people with a mental illness. This role included training, supervision of staff in addition to managing referrals and assessments. I have also worked in youth centres, women's centres and residential treatment centres. I have also worked for Employee Assistance Programmes providing short term psychotherapy and also Critical Incident De-Briefing following traumatic incidents.

I have worked as a Student and Staff Counsellor at St Mary's University in Twickenham for the past twelve years.  In my role of experienced clinician, I undertake assessments, supervise Honorary Counsellors and specialise in working with students who are particularly vulnerable or at risk. I also run therapeutic groups for anxiety and stress.  I really enjoy working with young adults and building rapport

I have had my own private practice for over twelve years and work with a wide range of difficulties. I provide short term focused sessions, or longer term more ongoing work, depending on your individual need.

I am also the Co-Ordinator of the South West London Postnatal Counselling Service.  This is a service that provides counselling to mothers and their partners from pregnancy through to birth and parenthood.  We work with a wide range of issues and support all parents through the emotional challenges of having a small baby and in addition work with postnatal depression, anxiety and birth trauma.

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Supervision:
I provide supervision to therapists.  I am currently running group supervision on Friday afternoons.
There is one space still available in this group.

Fees

£50 - £55 per session. I charge £55 per session for evenings.

Maps & Directions

Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1SU

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I can provide daytime and evening appointments between Wednesday and Friday

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Supervision & training

I have a qualification in supervision with the British Association of Psychotherapists and I am an experienced supervisor.  I have been a psychotherapist for over 15 years and worked in a wide range of settings including mental health and university settings, as well as private practice.

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