Sally Klinkenborg, (MNCS (Acc.), Ad Prof Dip PC, MBACP
I have been working as a nurse and counsellor for the past 30 years. I counsel people on a one to one basis and in small groups where appropriate. I am happy to visit clients at home who have poor mobility or who are suffering from agoraphobia, for example.
I feel that my experience as a carer and a nurse enhances my work as a counsellor; I am able to view a client's situation holistically. Together we can explore the client's lifestyle and advice can be given around nutrition, sleep hygiene and relaxation.
I also offer email counselling for those people whose lifestyle is too busy to commit to face to face counselling. I can work with you to resolve your difficulties and create the change you want. I work in an individual manner and can make practical suggestions around your lifestyle and attitude to problems. If the situation you are in cannot be changed, then it is necessary to change your attitude to it. I can help you to do this and regain some control in your life
I specialise in anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, mental health, trauma and bereavement. As far as bereavement is concerned, I offer very supportive therapy because it is necessary to offer reassurance that what you are experiencing is a normal part of grieving. I feel that it is necessary for the counsellor to accompany someone on their difficult journey until a point of acceptance is reached. How long this takes is variable, as this is an individual process. Other issues may come to light during this process and these can be explored within therapy.
How Counselling Can Help
Counselling involves the counsellor using empathy to put themselves in the client's position in order to understand their experience and perception of what is happening. Counselling can help through someone looking at the situation who is not involved and so who can be impartial. The counsellor can come to see the whole picture, rather than simply the problem. This is very important because the situation has contributed to the problem and is therefore relevant.
How I can help
I base all my work on person-centred therapy, which stresses the importance of the person as an individual and whereby the client is enabled to feel valued and appreciated as a human being. I also use cognitive behaviour therapy, which is very practical, with homework being given where appropriate. This therapy can be very effective over a short period of time.
I incorporate Buddhist philosophy where appropriate. I like to emphasise the importance of accepting change and the development of self-compassion. Mindfulness is vital in enabling us to understand ourselves and those around us. These are elements that can be incorporated into every day life and can have a positive effect on both ourselves and on those around us.
Relaxation is important. I teach relaxation exercises that can be realistically incorporated into every day life. If a client is particularly anxious, I may start and end the session with some relaxation. This can create the right frame of mind to absorb and retain helpful information. I am also able to teach quick and simple meditation techniques to manage anxiety and lift depression.
My role and the purpose of my work is to provide a relationship in which you, the client can achieve personal growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma with Merit in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy - 2004
- Diploma in Health Psychology - 2008
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with distinction - 2014
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - 2015
- Registered General Nurse - 1995
- BSc Hons Community Health Care - 2002
- Issues Surrounding Death and Bereavement - 2003
- Supervision training - 2005
- I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS (Acc.)
- I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
The following are testimonials from clients:
"After being really 'down' for 2 years, I decided to get some help - I am so thankful to have found Sally... She gave me the tools and technology to confront and make sense of my anxiety/depression".
"A very caring and understanding course. Many thanks".
"The course gave me the opportunity to take time to look at stressors in my life and ways that I can effectively deal with them to improve the quality of my life".
"Sally gave a good insight into meditation and how it can help in many ways".
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also support carers, particularly of older people. Having worked in care homes and nursed older people at home, I am aware of the demands placed on carers.
I also specialise in bereavement, including complex cases such as bereavement by suicide which can be particularly difficult to deal with.
I can now offer Walking Therapy, please contact me for more details of this very effective form of therapy. Walking and talking can be very effective!
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£45.00 per session of 50 minutes to one hour. Students: £25.00 for personal therapy or supervision. Couples counselling: £60.00 per session of 50 minutes to one hour.
Day events: £50.00 (lunch and handouts included).
I work from a consulting room in my home, which has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. There is free parking nearby and a local bus service just down the road. (Bus numbers 500 and 387 serve this area).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day and evening availability between Tuesday and Saturday
Types of client
Supervision & training
I qualified as a supervisor with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2005.View supervision profile