My name is Sally Williams; I work with people from all walks of life on a wide variety of issues. I help people gain a better perspective on life, regain focus and direction whilst developing greater self-awareness and confidence. Creating a deeper self-belief enables people to examine their life in a way that opens the door to new goals and potentially creative life changes.
I am a qualified counsellor and a Life Coach. I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and a senior associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, London.
I can offer counselling or coaching at our base near Axminster, in Devon but close to the Somerset and Dorset borders, or I can offer telephone counselling.
In addition to my work with individuals and families I offer groups and workshops for business and community organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a four-year diploma course at Stockport College, Manchester in 2007, training as an Integrative therapist, and am on the BACP Register (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), having received their Certificate of Proficiency, and am also a member of its Coaching Division.
Since then, apart from my private practice, I have also worked with G.P. surgeries and held the position of UK ambassador for Crossroads, Antigua, a rehabilitation centre created by Eric Clapton.
I have appeared alongside Kelly Osborne on the Radio 1 programme ‘Sunday Surgery’ and with Calum Best in the BBC1 documentary ‘Brought up by Booze’, as well as contributing articles to several magazines and newspapers.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Humanistic therapies
My fees are normally £45 per hour whether I see you in my practice or sessions are conducted on the telephone. Any home visits will accrue expenses which will be determined and mutually agreed before counselling takes place. I review my fees in March each year, and I will give you a month’s notice if I decide to raise them.
For those on low incomes it may be possible to negotiate a reduced fee.
When you buy counselling you are giving yourself something of value. The fee is a statement about your importance to yourself, as well as being the source of my livelihood; therefore I will require a minimum of 48 hours notice if you decide to cancel a session, otherwise the appointment will be chargeable. Payment will be accepted prior to each individual session taking place.
Counselling can help with issues such as:
- Loss and bereavement
- Relationship problems
- Bullying, including cyber-bullying
- Addictions, including alcohol, sex, internet sex
- Loss of direction and purpose
- Issues for the elderly
- Drug and alcohol misuse among the elderly
You may also be drawn to counselling simply because you want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
Counselling provides the opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully and confidently, giving you a greater sense of well-being. It will give you space to work through difficult issues you may be experiencing. Sharing difficulties with someone in a non-judgmental, confidential environment will enable you to make sense of things, often resulting in positive changes, new perspectives and positive growth.
As your counsellor my role is one of honest companionship, to stick with you through thick and thin without judgement in complete trust and confidence. It is not a role which involves giving advice like perhaps family and friends. I believe in and respect a person’s individuality and that you have all the skills already in you to achieve your goals: I am alongside you to draw out, and work with your potential.
I offer an Integrative approach to counselling, which means that I draw upon different approaches such as transactional analysis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to serve the needs of each individual client.
Counselling can equip you with better life skills and you will have the opportunity to gain a better/deeper understanding of how some of your thinking and/or behaviours may have developed.
Sessions are usually for one hour per week. During the first meeting we will discuss your expectations, what you hope to achieve and what I can offer you. It is also important to get to know each other so that you can decide if you are comfortable working with me.
The number of sessions needed varies from person to person and this would be discussed during the initial meeting. Reviews are built in to look at any progress made.
A Code of Ethics is important to safeguard professional standards, to ensure accountability and to provide an honest and ethical service. It also safeguards the client, the counsellor or coach as well as the counselling and coaching professions. I work under the BACP's published Code.
The first step is to get in touch in order to establish whether counselling is the right route for you and will suit your needs. It is of utmost importance that you feel comfortable and able to trust our collaborative relationship. I offer a free initial 20 minute telephone consultation so that you can ask any questions
I respect every individual's right to autonomy and confidentiality. I offer an initial free 20 minute telephone consultation; no written notes are taken without your consent and all callers can remain anonymous.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Normally Monday to Friday day-time and evenings