Sarah Oak Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP
We all experience good times and challenging times in our lives. Whilst the good times can feel happy and uplifting, the challenging times can bring us down and leave us feeling low or out of sync with ourselves. Counselling can help you to explore your difficulties, make sense of your emotions and re-connect with yourself.
I am a warm, caring and empathic Therapist, offering a safe and private space for you to talk through your worries and share your thoughts and feelings openly, without being judged. I work integratively with a combination of therapeutic approaches which means that I will tailor my style of work to suit your needs, rather than working in a set and rigid way.
I have significant experience in working successfully with clients in areas including anxiety, relationship problems, low mood & depression, experiencing discrimination, trauma, emotional abuse, low self esteem, separation & divorce, eating difficulties/disorders, mental health concerns, self harm and suicidal thoughts. For full details of areas of counselling I have experience of working with, please see below.
Specialism - Substance Use & Addiction
My area of specialism is working with clients who have or have had issues around problematic drug and/or alcohol use and addiction. Therapy can allow you to explore your experiences, your thoughts and feelings around the substance use, any surrounding or unresolved struggles connected to the substance use and help you develop coping strategies and a way forward to find a solution you are comfortable with.
Walk & Talk Therapy
Sometimes, it can be helpful to be outdoors and physically in motion to stimulate thoughts and creativity. Or, it may be difficult or uncomfortable to be seated for a counselling session if health issues are a factor.
I can offer 'Walk & Talk Therapy', which combines traditional talking therapy with the dynamic of walking, side by side at a pace that suits you, in an open outside space. The experience of connecting with nature and physical movement, can release endorphins and reduce tension, which in turn enhances the therapeutic process and elevates mood.
If you are thinking of taking that first step into talking through some of your difficulties, I am here to discuss this option with you. Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
- UKOL Diploma in Substance Abuse and Drug Awareness
Other Training & Professional Development includes:
- Working with Couples
- Working with Autism & ASD
- BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapist Certificate of Proficiency
- Autism Awareness Peer Group
- Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse
- MK Rogerian Peer Group
- Social Care Institute for Excellence Certificate in Mental Capacity
- Royal College of General Practitioners Certificate in Drug Misuse
- Royal College of General Practitioners Certificate in Treatment Planning & Harm Reduction
- MKSCB Safeguarding
- Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults
- Motivational Interviewing
- IGT4 Healthcare Information Governance & Data Protection
- ASET Certificate in Drug Awareness
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics to ensure safe and ethical practice.
I also hold a current, enhanced DBS (formally CRB) certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relatives and supporters of substance users
- Loneliness and isolation
- Experiencing discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping
- Facing mortality
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It is important to feel comfortable in counselling, so I offer an initial 30 minute session for £15.00 to discuss your needs, what you hope to gain from counselling and how I may be able to help you.
There is no obligation to agree to work with me or attend a set number of sessions.
After the initial meeting, sessions cost £35.00.
Concessions available for Students.
Cash, cheque and bank transfer payments accepted.
Unfortunately, cancellations made within 48 hours will incur a fee.
I work in an open ended way and so can provide short and long term counselling.
I can offer morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions.
Sessions are usually weekly at the same time unless agreed otherwise.
I work in safe and quiet settings based in Milton Keynes - MK5 (flexible) & MK11 (limited)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer morning, afternoon, evening & weekend sessions. Feel free to contact me by phone, text or email. If I'm unable to respond immediately, I will return contact as soon as possible.
Types of client