Sally French MSc, UKCP accred, MBACP
As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor I can provide you with a professional yet friendly confidential counselling/psychotherapy service from my practice room in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. You may be experiencing relationship or family difficulties, anxiety, panic attacks, depression or loneliness. Work issues such as bullying, stress or pressures to perform may feel overwhelming. Or you may simply feel disconnected in a way that is hard to describe.Whatever your reason for seeing a counsellor I aim to provide a safe and empathic environment to explore what may be painful and sensitive subjects. Clients feedback that they find me warm, energetic and approachable, who engages with them on many levels.
There is disability access, and ample free parking at Edwinstowe House. The location is easily accessible for example from Mansfield, Chesterfield, Ollerton, Retford, Worksop, Doncaster, Southwell and surrounding villages. I offer weekday appointments with flexible early and late appointments available to fit in with your life.
My therapy room is warm, comfortable and friendly. There is a relaxing view from the clients chair over Edwinstowe House's beautiful gardens. (See pictures below)
Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others so I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for you. I put great emphasis on our creating a strong trusting relationship but one which is respectful of your uniqueness and which acknowledges that you are the expert of your experiences.
I provide both short term counselling, where we can work through a specific problem, and longer term psychotherapy where deeper issues can be explored. We will review progress regularly ensuring your needs are being met.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters (MSc) in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (accredited through Coventry University) and I am a fully accredited clinical Psychotherapist member of the United Kingdom Council of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am also a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
Prior to concentrating solely on my psychotherapy I worked for 25 years as a prosecuting solicitor supporting the interests of victims, particularly of sexual violence, in the criminal justice system. My motivation to become a psychotherapist stemmed from my desire to understand the experience of survivors of sexual abuse and to improve how the legal system supported them. I now enjoy directly supporting individual clients who have suffered abuse (which may have happened many years earlier) and helping them understand their own often confusing thoughts and feelings about sexual violence, and ultimately help them to move past the experience.
I worked for a large national organisation, spending 10 years as a senior manager which was very challenging on many levels and so I have a particular interest in workplace issues.
I am also very interested in our emotional connections to food, and how these can cause obesity, or leave us stuck in a yo-yo dieting cycle. I have undertaken specific training with Weight Wise to help people understand and take control of their emotional eating issues by exploring their history with food and learning to know what they are really hungry for.
I have spent many years working voluntarily with the Nottinghamshire Hospice providing counselling to terminally ill patients and support to family members both before and after the bereavement. I have also worked voluntarily with APAS, counselling clients with gambling addictions.
I now also regularly lecture on training courses (including BACP professional development days) helping to educate therapists about societal rape myths, rape trauma and the legal system. I also run ‘Consent Workshops’ for young professional football players.
I work to the UKCP strict ethical code.
I am also a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Areas of counselling I am particularly interested in include:
Loss - through bereavement, divorce or other relationship/ friendship break up, loss of a much loved pet, affairs or other betrayals
Attachment issues in romantic relationships, and other family relationship issues
Sexual abuse and subsequent trauma
Life transitions - career changes, retirement, moving home, empty nest
Work issues - bullying, stress, performance pressures, organisational expectations to conform
Gambling related issues
Food related issues such as binge eating or emotional eating causing obesity or weight problems
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I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation (Either in person or on the telephone) which enables you to ask any questions and to assess whether I am a suitable therapist for you.
If you feel comfortable working with me we would schedule an assessment session charged at £40. This involves a discussion about you, your history, your needs, aims and expectations for counselling/psychotherapy and is also a further opportunity for you to confirm if you would like to work with me.
Subsequent sessions (usually weekly) thereafter are:
Individual Therapy £40 (60 minutes)
Home visits £45
Psychotherapy students - £35
I have full indemnity insurance, and am DBS checked.
If you would like to know more about the counselling and psychotherapy I offer, then I would be delighted to hear from you. Please email me using the link or call me.
If calling, please do leave me a message if you find that I have been unable to answer straight away. This will most likely be because I am currently working with a client and am unable to answer your call. However, please be reassured that I will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Thursday daytime and evening appointments
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|