Sarah Jones, BA(Hons) MBACP
My name is Sarah. I run Metta Counselling and Psychotherapy. Based in an easily accessible part of Darlington, I offer both long and short term counselling.
While receiving counselling at St Teresa's Hospice about 10 years ago I became aware of the power of a non judgemental relationship in which I could be completely myself. This experience led to me becoming a counsellor. My initial studies were in Person Centred Counselling. I have also been influenced by the work of Irvin Yalom, Eric Berne, Fritz Perls and Carl Jung.
Why come to counselling?
Sometimes we need help. You may be looking for someone to listen to you and really hear what you are saying, a place where you can tell your story and not be judged, someone to bounce ideas off, someone to be with you while you explore yourself and develop, someone to be with you at times of despair, anxiety and hopelessness.
I believe that everyone has within them the ability to help themselves. However when life is difficult, when feelings of depression, anxiety, panic or hopelessness are overwhelming, it is very difficult to listen to that quiet voice inside; that voice which knows what is best for us. This is where counselling can help.
How I can help:
I can help you by listening, allowing time and space to explore, express yourself or just to be. I will not tell you what to do or pretend to have the solutions to your problems. Instead, I will be with you while we work together to help you with any issue you wish to talk about. People often find that through the experience of being fully listened to and accepted, they can learn to accept themselves and perhaps find ways to improve their mental health, relationships or general wellbeing.
In addition to talking and listening, I enjoy working creatively with clients whether that is in the form of drawing, writing or any other way which may help you to express yourself. If this is a way you would like to work, I can provide any art materials you may need.
I endeavour to provide a calm, comfortable and safe environment where you can feel free to be honest about their experiences and feelings. We can talk about anything that is important to you. This will be your time: you are free to set the pace and agenda.
I have experience of helping people with many types of problems including anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, bereavement, stress and relationship problems.
I remember how scary the first counselling session can be. The first time we meet I will tell you about myself, how I work and how counselling may be beneficial to you. We can discuss why you have come to counselling and what you would like to achieve.
I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Foundation Degree (with Distinction) in Counselling (Leeds Met. University)
- BA(Hons) in Counselling (Leeds Met. University)
I have completed training in the following areas:
- Working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Confidentiality and the Law
- Understanding women who sexually offend
- Working with clients who have a learning disability
- Introduction to Sandplay Therapy
My first helping role was as a Daycare Guest helper at St Teresa's Hospice. I went on to help with the Bereavement Group at the Hospice working with people who had lost a loved one to terminal illness. Working at the hospice gave me a great awareness of the emotions and feelings that come with terminal illness for patients and their families. I was always in awe of the braveness with which people could face the end of their life.
As a counsellor I began working with the families of people who were battling drug or alcohol addiction at a small user led group called First Stop. I then moved to Community Alcohol Service where I worked with people who were overcoming alcohol addiction.
My latest post is within G.P. surgeries working with adults who are referred by their doctor. This short term work is intense and rewarding and I enjoy the challenge of working with clients from many different backgrounds who brought with them a variety of issues to counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In the past I have worked with people with learning difficulties and people with disabilities.
There is a small step into my building so please be aware of this if you are in a wheelchair or have difficulty with movement.
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Free 45 minute initial consultation: This session can take place at my therapy room in Darlington or we can talk on the phone. This is a chance to talk about what you might like to explore in counselling, how I may be able to help, to ask any questions about how I work and to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you.
Counselling session: £30 (£20 for Counselling Students)
Online (Skype or Whatsapp) counselling: £20 (payable in advance via PayPal)
Telephone counselling: £20 (payable in advance via PayPal)
Multi session discounts are available. Please ask me for details.
I believe counselling should be available to anyone regardless of personal situations. I am happy to discuss fee reduction for people who are in full time education or are unemployed/unwaged.
There is free on street parking outside my office. It is easily accessible from the A66, the A1, Darlington town centre and Darlington train station.
I am willing to consider home visits but may have to charge for my time and petrol costs if you live outside Darlington. Please ask and we can discuss this.
Although I have stated I deal with abortion and infertility issues, I am not an official abortion or infertility counsellor. I can however help you deal with the emotions involved in these traumatic issues.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evening and weekend sessions available.
Types of client