Sarah Stokel-Walker - Registered MBACP, BSc (hon) Counselling & Psychotherapy
My name is Sarah, and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, with over ten years experience in the voluntary, government and private sector.
I understand that choosing to have counselling is a huge step, and can often be quite daunting. I hope I can make the process as easy for you as possible. If you aren't sure of anything, please just ask.
At times life can be really tough. Perhaps you have experienced a life changing or traumatic event .. or you have developed unhealthy ways to cope with things .. or maybe on paper your life should be perfect, but this doesn't match how you're feeling... Talking to friends and family can be helpful, but often it isn't enough. Talking to a counsellor, someone who is there completely for you, can help you make sense of your feelings and situation, and move forward. As part of my training I had three years of counselling, and I have learnt from experience how challenging yet rewarding opening up to a counsellor can be.
I aim to provide an empathic, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to express yourself freely.
Counselling sessions take place in Lincoln and Retford, with free parking on site. It is easily accessible from Worksop, Gainsborough, Newark, Market Rasen and surrounding areas.
What happens in a counselling session? ...
Your counselling sessions are your space to talk about anything that you would like support with. Some people want help to work out how to solve their problem or issue, some people aren't really sure what they want from counselling, but they know they want things to be different in their life. I will work with you, ensuring you feel safe and comfortable, and gain the most from your sessions.
I often hear that people are surprised by how comfortable they feel in sessions, and how easy they find it to talk about things.
How long will I need to come to counselling? ...
This depends on why you have come to counselling, but I have worked with people who felt better after 3 sessions, and I have worked with people who have felt more supported in counselling that lasted many months. This is something we can regularly review so that you feel happy with your counselling timescale.
Training, qualifications & experience
My main body of training was at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, where I completed a BACP accredited BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (honours) degree (humanistic/integrative theory)
I also have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I have completed:
Self harm and suicide awareness training
Alcohol awareness training
Drug and alcohol counselling training (2010-2013)
Mental Health workshop
Harm Minimisation (for drug and alcohol use)
Pro-Social Modelling workshop
Safeguarding children training
Safeguarding vulnerable adults training
Health and Safety training
From 2005-2013 I worked in the government sector, where I supported people who have experienced depression, anxiety, panic disorders, drug and alcohol misuse, trauma, abuse, and self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I have also offered counselling in a number of settings, including to children and young people in schools, to prisoners, to carers and people who have experienced head injuries and strokes, and to adults through a charitable organisation.
I welcome referrals from health providers, EAP, insurance companies, schools and of course, self-referrals.
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
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Through my experience, I have a keen interest in working with and exploring issues around anxiety, depression, substance misuse, self harm, eating disorders, and relationship issues
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Individual counselling : £35 per hour
Young people aged 11-21 : £30 per hour
Couples/ family counselling : £40 per hour
Payment is due at the beginning of each session in cash, or can be paid in advance online
There are a number of reduced rate appointments available Monday to Friday for those on a low income. Please ask me for more information about this.
How I work ...
I offer both short and long term counselling depending on your needs. We can focus on a few specific issues that you would like support with, or we can work together to explore things in more detail, including how past experiences and relationships shape behaviours today.
I regularly review our sessions together to make sure that you are getting what you need from counselling.
I am enhanced DBS (CRB) checked to work with both children and adults.
My location ...
Based in Lincoln and Retford Nottinghamshire I am easily accessible from Worksop, Doncaster, Blyth, Grantham, Market Rasen and surrounding areas. There is room for parking outside the premises.
In exceptional circumstances, for example a severe disability or being hospital-bound, I can provide counselling in a suitable alternative location, with travel costs incurred.
I value your confidentiality, and this will be discussed during our first meeting.
If there is anything that you aren't sure of or would like to ask please either give me a ring or send me a text or email. I believe there is no such thing as a silly question, so please feel free to ask me anything about counselling and how I work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Saturday during the day and evenings. Please contact me to check which times are available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|