Sarah Heap MSc. Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred) EMDR
01227 278528 / 07754 882883
I am an experienced, warm and sensitive counsellor and accredited EMDR practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological treatment to help people recover from distressing events and trauma. I can offer EMDR with counselling when appropriate because some problems can be more effectively resolved through EMDR (See below)
I offer a warm, confidential, non-judgmental, supportive and respectful environment that enables the opportunity for clients to talk through and resolve issues and concerns openly. I support clients in exploring and understanding their situation, and in finding ways to move forward. I encourage clients to draw upon their own resources in developing understanding and overcoming problems, and to make any changes that they want in their life.
I am experienced in working with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. I am available for counselling on week days and some evenings.
I am easily accessible by car, a minutes walk from a bus stop and 15 minutes walk from the train station.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and a fully qualified and accredited EMDR practitioner. I am also qualified to use EMDR with children and young people too. My code of ethics is governed by the BACP, which I am an accredited member of, and an accredited member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
I am qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2003) and an Honours Degree in Psychology (1992).
In addition to my current private counselling practice, I am a trainer for trainee counsellors; a counsellor in a secondary school and a counsellor taking GP referrals. I have 25 years experience of supportive and therapeutic work with a variety of client groups and have worked as a counsellor since 2001 with a number of organisations with individual adults, couples, families, children and adolescents.
I have undertaken continuous professional development study in working with post-traumatic stress, cognitive-behavioural therapy, systemic family therapy, Eco-therapy, Mindfulness, stress management, counselling survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, counselling children and adolescents, parenting approaches and running groups.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked with most areas of counselling including stress, abuse, phobias, anger, self esteem, anxiety, depression, relationships, personal development, spirituality, childhood abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), domestic violence, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, abortion, bereavement and loss, traumatic incidents, self-harm and suicide attempt and ideation.
Fees for Counselling are £45 per session and £50 per session for EMDR.
Session are for 50 minutes.
During an initial consultation we can discuss your concerns and issues, your hopes for counselling and how we can work together. Ongoing sessions will be typically once a week.
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My practice is confidential and respectful of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, politics, culture or nationality.
What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological treatment to help people recover from distressing events and trauma. EMDR works in a way that seems to accelerate the processes for resolving certain issues so that in many instances people are seen to have resolved certain issues in a much shorter time than through talking therapy/counselling alone.
EMDR is an approach that is effective for the treatment of traumatic memories.
EMDR aims to change how people feel about their traumatic memories. It helps people to develop more positive emotions, behaviour and thoughts and to feel that the memory is no long disturbing. EMDR appears to directly stimulate the brain's ability to digest past traumatic events and works effectively and quickly to heal the wounds that are left on the emotional brain. It has been widely validated by research and is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as the treatment of choice for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
EMDR is also remarkably effective in the treatment of people who have suffered trauma such as ongoing childhood abuse, although this may require more extensive therapeutic time. EMDR has also been shown to be effective in treating more chronic problems such as anxiety, stress, phobias, addictions and lack of self confidence.
For further information and an explanation of theory and history visit www.emdrassociation.org.uk
Sarah Heap works as a counsellor and EMDR practitioner through Quiet Mind Ltd
Quiet Mind Limited. is registered at UK Companies House (number 8461204) and has its Registered Office: 149-151 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5HA
Director: Sarah Heap
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and some evenings