Sarah Boulter - Ivy Clare Counselling BA (Hons), PG Dip (Couns), MBACP
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Hello my name is Sarah Boulter and I am the founder of Ivy Clare Counselling, which is a South Wales based counselling service. I am a qualified therapist, with 8 years experience of working with clients from various backgrounds and various areas of counselling.
My way of working is primarily focused on the relationship between us, because without that feeling right, no therapy in the world can work for you.
My training started many years ago in 2004, college progressed on to university and I became a volunteer at a local rape and sexual abuse centre. I counselled clients there for over 6 years, and felt privileged to do so. Until recently I still gave some volunteering hours to charity, counselling young people in the community. I am now employed by the charity working as a counsellor with children. My Post Graduate training was at Newport University (now known as South Wales), where I graduated in 2011, in the Post Grad Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. The training taught the Relational Integrative Model, focused on the relationship between me the counsellor and you the client, and integrating appropriate theory in sessions. So in basic terms, we build that relationship - trust, feeling comfortable and safe with your therapist is paramount. Then, I will incorporate whatever theory is most appropriate for you, my approach is individually tailored to your needs in each session. I will invite you to explore your goals, where you would like to be at the end of therapy or simply something you wish to change. Don't worry if you don't know any of that yet, this is something we can explore together.
As an animal lover myself, I was really interested in how animals can support me as a counsellor and you as a client in therapy. In 2013, I undertook further training In Animal Assisted Therapy, which I can now offer to my animal loving clients. I have a therapy dog, a Golden Retriever named Blake, who is my co-therapist, he will gladly offer a floppy ear and a helping paw, in return for a belly tickle. This is not a gimmick, there has been lots of proven research that shows how beneficial and therapeutic, using a therapy animal in counselling can be. Success rates are high in moving clients forward. In the Unites States of America, this is a widely used and highly successful modality. The first session would be an opportunity to discuss whether this is for you, don’t worry if it’s not, as I offer therapy and animal assisted, it’s entirely your choice.
I know how it can feel to make that first contact with a counsellor, various thoughts and feelings flying around, because I too have been a client making that first call. Life is full of challenges and difficulties, especially in today’s world which seems to be getting busier and faster paced. You may have a specific thing that’s troubling you, something you’ve managed for years, that has now become too much? You may want to change something in your life? You may be stressed and coping with anxiety and depression? Whatever the reason you are reading this, counselling can be an opportunity for you to take time for you. How often do we nourish ourselves with our busy lives? To really stop and think about how are we feeling? How often do we think about what we need to do to take care of ourselves? I believe counselling can provide a space for you to be listened to and heard. I am happy to have a one off session, in order for you to see whether you feel I am the 'right' therapist for you.
I'll end by leaving you with a quote from Carl Rogers, who was the grandfather of Person-Centred Therapy:
"When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”
― Carl R. Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- BACP endorsed Animal Assisted Therapy Training
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
- BA (Hons) Business Administration
Eight years experience as a therapist working for various charities and privately, specialising in rape and sexual abuse and children and young people.
Sixteen years experience as a coach working with people aged 16-65, in areas such as self esteem, confidence building, training and employment, specialising in health and disabilities.
Registered Member of the (BACP) British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, adhering to the Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Corporate Clients £50
Individual Clients with
Animal Assisted Therapy £45
Individual Clients £45
Trainee Counsellor Students £35 (Undergoing their 10 sessions of personal therapy)
All Sessions are 50 minutes.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are” - J.P. Morgan
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursday & Saturday, with limited weekday evening appointments.
Types of client