Sara Dowsett, MSc, BSc (Hons), Adv Dip Counselling, MBACP, MBPsS
The Coastal Practice
Therapy is an opportunity for change and a means of structured support at times of difficulty. As your therapist, I can work alongside you to explore your concerns and provide an insight into your past, current and desired emotional wellbeing. Talking through your personal issues with someone who plays no other role in your life can provide clarity on even the most complex of issues and a welcomed sense of relief.
I have trained over seven years to adopt a range of therapeutic approaches which enable me to consider you as someone with individual needs before deciding what type of therapy might be suitable for you. This is something we can openly discuss within our first meeting.
The two main models of therapy I use:
- Psychodynamic therapy – a means of identifying how your past relationships, past patterns of behaviours and childhood experiences are playing out today.
- Humanistic therapy - a person centred approach that places emphasis on the conditions of the therapeutic relationship.The aim of this therapy is to develop your sense of self and provide clarity on your current thoughts and feelings.
I work from the Coastal Practice in Hengistbury Head, a peaceful and professional practice near to the beach. It has three welcoming therapy rooms and is a pleasant and appropriate environment for therapy to take place (photos of the practice can be found below).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (current)
- MSc Clinical Psychology (2016)
- BSc Psychology, First Class Honours Degree (2015)
- Adv Dip Counselling (2009)
- Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapist
- Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
In addition to my existing counselling qualification I am currently engaging in a doctorate training programme at the University of the West of England. Once completed I will be a HCPC qualified Counselling Psychologist. The course places emphasis on the integration of counselling and psychology with a focus on psychological theories and research. Engagement in further training enables me to remain on top of the current affairs within the counselling and psychology field and also allows me to broaden my existing skills and conduct relevant research. Working within this field whilst training enables me to expand and deepen my level of understanding, a factor that I consider an essential part of providing an effective therapeutic experience.
I have engaged in various roles as a counsellor over the past nine years. I have worked for the local authority as a young person’s counsellor and as a secondary school counsellor. I have worked as an adult’s addictions counsellor, for a bereavement charity and as an assistant psychologist at a neurological rehabilitation centre. In addition to my private practice, I work as a therapist for Dorset NHS Trust - located at Bournemouth University.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
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I charge £45 per 50 minute session.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Type of session
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