Sara Pauley MBACP
144 Liverpool Road
I have evening and Saturday appointments available. I provide a place where you can explore your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I care about my work and have compassion and empathy.
Counselling and psychotherapy are linked and similar. I am trained in both and understand that the word 'counselling' is more accessible when there is little experience of talking therapy. Counselling is often described as a type of talking help for particular issues and is viewed as short term work. Psychotherapy is also concerned with issues, however as a psychotherapist I view my role with clients as working with the whole person, their behaviour and actions, thoughts and attitudes, emotional experience of themselves and who they are in the world.
One person experiencing depression may feel 'stuck' or 'shut down' and may also have difficulty coping with everyday responsibilities. Whereas a different person describing depression may be experiencing anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed which they are struggling to change in a life that is busy. One individual's pace and journey of exploration can be very different to another’s, therefore psychotherapy is open ended and can continue for as long as the client desires it.
I am interested in each persons uniqueness and seek to get to know and understand his/her story and process. I do this through engaging with dialogue and creating a working alliance so that we can explore together the issues that you bring.
Our history is connected to who we are today; working with difficulties from our past with a view to how they impact our current life can transform our relationship to these experiences by forming a new perspective. Facing hurtful or painful experiences often takes courage and therapy can provide a safe and confidential place where you can take risks with someone beside you.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
My training, supervision and ongoing professional development is at Spectrum, a UKCP accredited centre for humanistic psychology
I am a member of the BACP
I have been working as a therapist since 1999. For several years I worked with adolescents and their families in a school setting. For four years I worked with adults who are violent, facilitating a programme that offered individual and group work. In 2004 I started working in private practice with individuals, and in recent years have expanded my work to include couple and family work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and Betrayals
- Anger Management
- Child Related Issues
- Couples Counselling
- Emotional Abuse
- Generalised Anxiety
- Low Self-Confidence
- Low Self-Esteem
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Physical Abuse
- Postnatal Depression
- Pregnancy and Birth
- Relationship Issues
- Separation and Divorce
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Issues
- Work Related Stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship with self
My fee is £55 for a 1 hour session and I work initially on a weekly basis
I do offer limited spaces for those on low income and will negotiate my fee
I am a humanistic therapist
I work with a focus on the relationship with myself and the client, acknowledging that the client is the expert on themselves.
My training is integrative and my work reflects and is influenced by Gestalt, T.A, Virginia Satir's family work and Formative psychology.
I continue to engage in personal therapy, supervision and ongoing post graduate training, and I see these elements as essential in supporting me and my belief in on going personal and professional development.
I work with individuals, couples and families
I have practices in Wanstead E11, Stratford E15 and Islington N1
I work for 1 hour sessions