Sarah Briggs: BACP Accredited, specialist in relationships and trauma
If you are troubled or feeling stressed by what's happening in your life, please contact me to discuss making an initial appointment. You may find it really helpful to talk things through with a qualified professional, to find new ways of looking at your life and greater understanding about yourself and those around you. This can give you greater choice and the chance to improve how you feel.
In particular, I specialise in relationship and sexual difficulties - working with couples or individuals. A key area of my practice is working with trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD. I have taken specialist high-level training in these areas. The trauma can be from childhood, an accident or surgery or illness, of a sexual nature, or from a career in the military or uniformed services. Other are as of specific experience for me are disordered eating, survivors of sexual abuse and rape, addictive and compulsive behaviour, chronic illness, fertility / pregnancy problems.
I work with adult individuals or couples.
Equine-facilitated sessions may also be helpful for you - to tap into non-verbal experiential ways of gaining insight into how you can increase your wellbeing and way of living. The equine work is available in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
I also supervise counsellors, psychotherapists, traumatologists and coaches.
You may also be interested to hear about my coaching and corporate work. My first career was as a regional director in advertising, within the BBDO network. This background also supports my work as a coach with professionals and managers to enhance their communication skills and leadership style. For organisations, I design management development training and provide organisational development training where there may be issues with performance, conflict or managing change. Employers may bring me in as a coach or counsellor for employee assistance, for example when redundancy or personal issues are present.
Training, qualifications & experience
You can be assured of my professional credentials.
I am a counsellor accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP), a psychosexual therapist accredited by the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy (COSRT) and an executive coach who is a member of the Association for Coaching (ACUK). As a traumatologist I'm accredited by IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals) as CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional), also with membership of UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society) and ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies).
I have trained in various approaches to treating trauma, including the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls within NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or "tapping", Matrix Reimprinting to transform traumatic memories or flashbacks, IRRT (Imagery Rescripting Reprocessing Therapy) especially for troubling dreams or nightmares. I am also experienced in recommending Alpha-Stim as an effective non-medication method of treating Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression.
I'm also an equine-facilitated therapist doubly certified by IFEEL and also by LEAP.
Having qualified over 15 years ago from a therapy training accredited by the BACP: Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, I also hold a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse, as well as a Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
I am a member of the BACP, FDAP, College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT), Association for Coaching UK.
My coaching qualifications are recognised by the AC: Diploma in Organisational Development and Executive Coaching; Diploma in Business and Life Coaching. I am a Certified NLP Practitioner. I also hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy, accredited by General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. My supervision qualification is a Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Equine-facilitated therapy can be very useful for relationship issues, self-confidence, recovery from abuse or trauma.
In Malmesbury: £105 per 50-minute session for individuals or couples. Supervision fee is £90 per 50-minute session.
Website for my Malmesbury practice: www.ashlar-evolution.com
In London: £150 per 50-minute session. Supervision fee from £100 per 50-minute session.
Website for The Grove Practice in London : www.thegrovepractice.com
For information about equine-facilitated therapy in Malmesbury, please see my website www.ashlar-evolution.com