Sarah Jack Solution Focused Counsellor Registered Member BACP
What do you hope will be different as a result of coming to counselling? Some people know what they want to change or where they want to get to, and just need some help in identifying the steps that will help them reach their goals. Others are not so clear, but know that they want to 'feel better than this'. Using a combination of Solution Focused and Person-Centred models, I hope to provide you with the opportunity to explore what 'better' might be, to identify the personal resources you have which will help you to move in the right direction, and to develop a greater awareness of 'what works', so that you can do more of it.
Sometimes it's very hard to get started if you haven't had therapy or counselling before. Some people feel embarrassed or worried about expressing their feelings, but I hope that in our sessions you will feel it is safe to explore your emotions with me without being judged or left vulnerable. I have been counselling for over thirty years and have experience of working with issues arising from sexual and domestic abuse, fostering and adoption, parenting, eating disorders, self-harm, relationship and family dysfunction, sexuality and gender confusion, and (un)employment stress.
Solution Focused Practice is often briefer than other forms of therapy. During our work together many clients have said that they have developed their own Solution Focused strategies, which have given them greater confidence in facing life's challenges in the future without the need of a counsellor.
I work with individual adults and young people aged 14 or over, as well as couples and families. I use counselling rooms in Kemptown. Sessions are for 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 1984 BA (Hons) Social Anthropology
- 1989 Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
- 1993 Diploma in Social Work
- 1995 Foundation in Systemic Family Therapy
- 2000 Practice Teacher Award
- 2003 Certificate in Family Group Conference Facilitation
- 2007 Diploma Solution Focused Therapy
- 2012 MA Human Rights
- 2014 Certificate in Attachment Focused Therapy
I worked for six years as a counsellor for Brighton Rape Crisis Project and am currently a supervisor at Survivors Network. I developed the Brighton Women's Counselling and Therapy Service when I worked for Threshold Women's Mental Health Project, and set up a youth counselling service in Seaford. I have helped develop Solution Focused counselling services for families in West Sussex and been part of the Solution Focused Team at the Clermont Family Assessment Centre, Brighton. I am a qualified social worker specialising in Family Support, and have managed several Children and Family Centres. I have been a Family Group Conference facilitator, and have offered counselling to young people affected by their parents' separation through Relateen, a Relate project. I am an approved adoption counsellor for Barnardo's LINK.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£50 per session (50 minutes)
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Types of client