Counselling People Shropshire
What gets in the way of the life you want to live, of being who you feel you really are? I'm here to work with that.
Sometimes, some of those psychological labels and 'diagnoses' might describe it, but maybe they don't. That doesn't really matter. I work with people not diagnostic categories. My interest is in you.
Anyway, my name is Sarah and I am the Shropshire member of an experienced team of counsellors called Counselling People. I offer face-to-face counselling for adults and young people at Bromley, near Bridgnorth, That's me on the steps of the Shepherd's Hut that is my office.
You can learn more about me below. You can learn even more at www.counsellingpeople.co.uk and on my website for young people and schools: www.sidebyside.support You can contact me directly.
(It isn't possible to link straight to the websites from here, but it only takes a moment to cut and past those addresses.)
And Counselling People? We are a small group of like-minded therapists offering both face-to-face and telephone counselling as well as professional support to fellow counsellors. Check out the website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Sarah holds a Dip HE Person-Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a Children Focusing Companion. She is currently working towards a Master's Degree at the University of East Anglia.
All other members of Counselling People hold Master's Degrees in counselling from the University of East Anglia.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling we deal with
That other area is YOU.
As was said at the begining: What gets in the way of the life you want to live, of being who you feel you really are? We work with that.
Sometimes, some of those tick boxes might apply, but maybe they don't. That doesn't really matter. We work with people not diagnostic labels. We do understand the labels. Indeed, we understand how questionable many of them are. But our interest is in you.
Fees are negotiable depending upon personal circumstances and in light of the 'going rate' for counselling where you live. For example, in Shropshire a person can expect to pay between £40 and £50 for a 'counselling hour'.
Counselling people do not insist that counselling sessions must last 50 or 60 minutes. Sometimes they are shorter and often they are longer -- that depends upon you. We charge for the time actually spent together.
Sometimes people put a lot of emphasis on 'theoretical orientation'. In some ways that really makes sense, in others it really doesn't.
What does make sense is that counselling is more likely to be useful to a person when the counsellor has a clear idea of what they are offering and why - a clear story to tell about how they understand counselling.
What doesn't make sense is that all of these 'theoretical orientations' appear to be equally effective and so 'orientation' really makes no difference. On top of that, it is probably the case that every counselling theory ever proposed is flawed and cannot possibly be true.
What to do?
- Choose a counsellor you can get on with, really get on with. There's no doubt that the relationship between counsellor and client is critically important.
- Choose a counsellor who puts you in the driving seat, who will be guided by you about what really matters to you and what you really want. There's reason to think that clients who experience non-directive therapy prefer it and might even benefit in some particular ways.
- Choose a counsellor who does have a coherent, common-sense way of explaining what they are doing and why that makes sense to you.
- For most of us, if you really want to benefit from counselling, choose a counsellor who pays attention to, and helps you to pay attention to, what is going on 'in your body' and not just 'in your head'.
As for Counselling People...
- We all have an initial background in Person-Centred practice and training in Experiential Focusing and Process-Experiential Psychotherapy.
- We are all committed to non-directivity.
- We are not precious about this - our job is to help you.
- Clive has spent a lot of time thinking about and teaching the theory and practice of counselling and you can find some of those thoughts at the website address at the top of the profile
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Within reason, I'll try to make a time available that suits your schedule while allowing for my fixed commitments to schools.