Sarah Douglass, Integrative Counsellor MBACP
One client said to me “counselling is like talking to myself, only you put it in ways that I can understand”. I offer a free first session and many approaches for relationship issues, anxiety, anger, depression, loss and trauma including art and sandwork and the bodymind connection, as well as talking. You are completely free to say as much (or as little) as you wish, it’s your choice.
How we would work together:-
We would work on a one to one basis.
I like being an Integrative Counsellor as I can offer many approaches and techniques to address issues around relationships, anxiety, depression, bereavement, traumatic situations and other challenging circumstances. Whilst talking can be very useful, some people find that using alternative methods such as drawing, a sandtray, movement or listening to our bodies can provide additional awareness that was previously hidden in our unconscious.
What is Counselling?
We all have times or situations that are hard and looking at them with an independent, caring and non-judgemental person can make them more manageable.
Exploring experiences in a safe, confidential environment with a curious and open mind can lead to more insight. This can result in feeling more secure in ourselves, which often inspires change in and around us. Feeling heard and supported allows us to develop our self awareness, which makes it easier to make decisions with self confidence.
A bit about my background:-
I started working life in marketing with British Gas and left when I found out that I was having twins. I later rejoined the working world and had many part time jobs including admin in a housing association, telesales and long hours as a carer before retraining as a counsellor. I have worked with young people in schools (for bereavement, anxiety and anger) and was a counsellor and group leader at MIND, leading courses in mindfulness, anxiety, depression and anger management for people experiencing mental health issues.
I have run training courses on maintaining good mental health and managing stress for local colleges, Police, Ambulance and Fire services.
Currently I have a private counselling practice and volunteer as a counsellor at Off The Record, Havant.
Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will be happy to help in any way.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Counselling Level 1, 2 and 3 (2012)
- Integrative Counselling (University of Greenwich) (2014)
- The treatment of addiction (2014)
- Domestic Abuse (2014)
- Sexual Issues and Sexual Abuse (2014)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (2015)
- “It’s not me… it’s my OCD” (2015)
- Trauma Recovery and Post Traumatic Growth (2015)
- Rewind Technique for phobias and trauma (2016)
- “Creative Play” (2017)
- Ongoing evening and one day courses for working with young people (2013 – present)
- Voluntary work counselling young people aged 11-25 at Off The Record, Havant (2013 – present)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in the Rewind Technique which can help with phobias, PTSD, trauma, some OCD and other recurring issues that distress us. I can offer this as part of our ongoing work or as an individual 2 session course to address specific issues.
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Clients: adults and young people aged 10 and up
Fees:£35 for 60 minutes (some concessions available)
First session is free.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor and I believe that the first session is a chance to see if we would work well together and for you to decide if counselling with me will be helpful for you.
Quotes from clients...
"I've seen a number of counsellors over the years and they only really scratched the surface. Going to Sarah Douglass was the best decision I have made. Thank you for listening to me. It was the first time I felt really understood, and you helped me get to the actual root of my problems. With the tools and techniques you have shown me I feel a transformed person compared to the first day I saw you. I wish I had met you years ago." T
"I’d had therapy on and off over the years but it had never quite got to the heart of things. Then a significant life crisis brought me to my knees – and to Sarah. I left our first session feeling so comforted and safe; I just knew that everything would be OK and I cried like I’d never cried before, healing tears that released deeply buried pockets of pain and grief I’d carried around for over 50 years. There has been much merriment in our therapy sessions too, as Sarah encourages me to experiment with different ways of responding to dissociation and other uncomfortable feelings. Our sessions are always dynamic and uplifting – and leave me feeling far better than when I went in. If you’re reading this testimonial, you have my congratulations! You’ve found a wonderful therapist – the best in my view." J
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have free spaces on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Types of client