Cheryl Sandford MA., MBACP (Accred.), FDAP
01923 674210 / 07903 425312
Open Counselling is a highly respected and busy counselling Agency in Hertfordshire. I provide affordable person-centred / integrative counselling and psychotherapy for those people in need from Watford / St Albans and its surrounding areas.
I abide by the Code and Ethics of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Open Counselling is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 9.00pm. Alternatively there is a 24 hour answering machine and I will call you back as soon as possible.
Whatever is worrying you or affecting your life, please feel to call me and have an initial conversation. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor here to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a therapist who upholds clear values in counselling and psychotherapy. I help adults and young people overcome a vast spectrum of challenges.
My counselling is guided by both ethical and moral standards to keep your best interests and needs at the forefront of the counselling process.
I am personally committed to and embrace the core values of integrative therapy, giving you the confidence to know the process, approach of counselling you are entering into.
I believe therapy is a process to aid the individual in the self-discovery of purposeful and meaningful life decisions. By realizing for oneself, with the help and guidance of a counsellor, individuals are more likely to own the positive change that occurs in their life and continue moving forward with this long after counselling has concluded.
Contact Open Counselling now to discuss the counselling process and your specific needs.
Qualifications / Training
Counselling for Depression (CfD) - IAPT Training
Integrative Counselling Skills & Theory, accredited by the CPCAB
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, accredited by the UWS
Introduction to play therapy
PTSD & Self Harm
Counselling Children & Young People
Domestic Violence Cycle awareness Bereavement Care
I attend regular supervision and training courses in order to enhance my personal and professional development.
Open Counselling Working Experience:
Being the Abuser/Bully Bereavement
Losing Child Custody
Preparing for Teen
Sexual Abuse Suicidal Inclination
These are just a few of the issues Open Counselling Counsellors have experience working with.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees, Opening Hours & Methods of Payment
Fees for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Open Counselling fees are as follows:
The first consultation is always £20 for 30 minutes.
This allows you to outline your problem or situation and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
We can discuss the type of therapy programme that is likely to be the most beneficial for you.
This session is completely without obligation because what is most important is to ensure that Open Counselling is right to deal with your very specific requirements.
It is usual to pay at the end of each session or though some people like to pay a month in advance.
Sessions are one per week on a regular day at the same time.
Telephone sessions will be due 48hr before the arranged session, via PayPal
If you miss a session without giving 48 hours notice, its is expected that you will pay for the session in full.
Person Centred Therapy is an empowering therapy which helps clients to work through their issues and find the strength and resilience inside themselves to move forward.
The therapy is based on the vital core conditions of any fully functioning relationship. These are unconditional acceptance of the other person, empathy, non- judgement and the ability to be genuine. I also believe that the client needs a safe place to come and address their issues.
Whether my clients come to me for 6 weeks or 2 years, they are given the space and time to heal. I deal with many difficulties that people cope with in today’s world from drug and alcohol abuse to depression, domestic abuse to life issues.
The feedback from my clients has always been very positive, feeling welcomed and supported when coming to Open Counselling.
|Face to Face and Telephone counselling|
All of my services are confidential except if someone is in danger
This service can offer offenders the opportunity to talk about how these kinds of issues may be affecting them and their families, offering strategies to help smooth the transition back into community life.
In addition to Open Counselling’s Agency in Hertfordshire, we can also provide off site counselling. We provide counsellors to work within the school setting. Open Counselling will guide the school through the process, and provide all the appropriate documentation to the school. Our Director and lead counsellor provides counselling to various local schools.
For more information and to arrange a meeting to discuss costing etc. please telephone: 07903 425 312 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen Counselling can provide tailor-made Counselling services to suit your requirements, for further information or to arrange a meeting to discuss this further please telephone: 07903 425 312 or email email@example.com
How Many Sessions?
For some clients very few sessions are needed and change and positive outcomes can happen very quickly. For others, longer term therapy may be desired.
For counselling clients the average number of sessions is around 8-12. But we do have the occasional longer term client where broader work is required.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to both trainee's and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.View supervision profile