Sara Drew MA Cantab, MBACP (Accred), Counselling and Supervision.
193 High Street
It can be a real challenge to progress from thinking about counselling to actually starting. I offer a friendly welcome and a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to explore what is going on for you.
I am a qualified and experienced therapeutic counsellor with more than 10 years experience. I work with adults and offer quality, affordable sessions designed to help you find a way through life experiences that may be troubling you.
I describe myself as a relational integrative counsellor which means how we relate to each other is at the core of the process and the tools and methods come second. Research shows the relationship between client and counsellor is one of the most important factors in getting a successful outcome. I am trained in humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic approaches, so there is a wide range of interventions to draw from based on what suits you best.
What I offer you
We use the sessions to explore whatever you want, whether that is issues from the past, difficulties in the present, or concerns about the future. Often all three can be linked. We work at your pace, with your agenda: I see you as your own best expert. Ultimately it’s a bit like climbing a mountain with a guide: I have various ropes and bits of equipment but you are free to make the journey your own way.
I have worked successfully with a range of clients and issues, including loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, addiction, compulsive behaviour, anger and rage, childhood issues and life transitions. I enjoy working with young people, adults and seniors alike –if we can make a connection we can work together. I welcome all clients regardless of age, disability or sexuality.
I welcome inquiries from students in training –I taught for many years on counselling training courses and understand the joys and pressures of the training experience. I also know the importance of doing personal therapeutic work in preparation for working as a counsellor.
I am also passionate about therapy in the outdoors (often called eco-therapy) and offer outdoor sessions exploring what our encounters in nature can tell us about our life. I have more than thirty years experience of the outdoors, camping, hill-walking, bushcraft, star gazing, earth based spirituality and rites of passage training.
My phone number is confidential and dedicated to my counselling service. Please, do call, e-mail or text me and I will get back to you promptly.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is integrative and draws on CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic models and is centred on the importance of human relationship.
- Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling; Iron Mill Institute, Exeter, BACP Accredited (2007)
- Transformational Psychology training: a Psycho-spiritual approach working with aspects of self (sub-personalities), with Peter Dellensen and Trilby Fairfax (2005)
- Post Qualifying Diploma; Counselling Children and Adolescents, Iron Mill Institute, Exeter, (2012)
- Professional Diploma Supervision, Dartmoor Counselling Centre (2015)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Network CIC (2013)
- Nine years in Private Practice
- Extensive experience as a tutor on counselling diploma training courses, currently a freelance tutor and consultant.
- Associate tutor for Voice Dialogue trainings (working with sub-personalities).
- Experience with Rites of Passage ceremonies and Way of Council practice as a method for reconnecting with nature and balancing modern life.
- Considerable experience working with young people: I set up and ran a school counselling service and counselled at an agency supporting young people aged 12-25, as well as running personal development courses for young people with the Prince’s Trust. part of my current work is supporting young adults at risk of homelessness.
- Agency counsellor for people living with HIV.
- Working with probation service to deliver a CBT based offender training programme.
- Experience as a counsellor working in NHS doctors surgeries.
- More than 10 years experience working as a journalist for the BBC
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sessions last for an hour and are charged at £40.00 payable at the end of the session.
I work to the BACP ethical framework and all my work is supervised. I undertake regular continuing professional development and maintain a healthy work/life balance. I enjoy being outdoors, campfires and tai chi.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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9am-5pm Monday -Friday, evening sessions Tuesday
Types of client
Supervision & training
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