Sarah Dinenage MBACP GradDip Psychodynamic Counsellor/Therapist
The Cove Therapy Rooms
12 West Street
I am a qualified, experienced Psychodynamic counsellor. I offer long term or short term counselling and specialise in working with people struggling with a wide range of issues, including:
- Childhood & Recent Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Abuse (From either Partner, Ex Partner or Family Members)
- Panic / Panic Attacks
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Self Harm
- Unresolved Childhood Issues
What To Expect From Therapy With Me
Talking with an experienced therapist who has been trained to listen, not just to what you say but to also what isn’t being said, in a safe space can help you understand yourself more and see your situation more clearly. It is about exploring what is troubling you and working at a deeper level, to uncover what is behind it, what drives it and what keeps it going. Although therapy won't solve all your problems, it can help you to make sense of things and to see things more clearly so that your issues, concerns or past will have less of an impact on your everyday life and help you live more effectively.
How I Work
I work in a psychodynamic way in that my aim is to help people see themselves more clearly and to know themselves better, helping them to face and make sense of what is troubling them. I focus on how problems and conflicts in adulthood may stem from what we experienced in childhood, and how this has impacted on how we relate to ourselves and other people as well as how we are drawn into repeating the same patterns time and time again.
The fundamental difference of working in a Psychodynamic way is working with the unconscious. Unconscious aspects are things we repress from day to day life because they are too intolerable to think about and manifest themselves in many ways e.g. depression, anxiety or psychosomatic symptoms (physical symptoms or ailments within the body that feel incredibly real and painful but originate from emotions or feelings that are unconscious to us). With this understanding clients may feel more at peace with themselves, and be freer to make new and active choices about how to live their lives and how they manage things going forward.
My Current Experience
I currently manage the Domestic Abuse service at Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS). I have worked with PARCS for the last six years and specialise in counselling survivors of sexual violation, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence/abusive relationships and with associated issues such as self harm, sexual and relationship issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, disassociation, anxiety and panic etc.
I am a committed, caring and resilient practitioner, who confidently supports individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and presenting issues. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - BPC and BACP Accredited
Foundation degree in Psychodynamic & CBT Counselling - Birkbeck University, London
Cert.HE Psychodynamic Counselling - Birkbeck University, London
Cert.Foundation Person Centred Counselling - NCFE
I regularly update my professional training, which has included additional training in trauma, mental health, sexual abuse and HBV.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
The initial introductory/assessment session is 50 minutes and costs £40.
Thereafter sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. The price is £40 per session.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or paypal.
I am based in Havant and Portsmouth.
I currently have availability on Mondays, Friday mornings and Saturdays.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|