Sara French - MBACP
Free Initial Meeting
Working with individuals 18+
Centrally located private practice in Chippenham
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy with over 25 years experience.
We don't need to live constrained by the past or anxious about the future. You may be in crisis right now, wanting to tackle something that has been with you for a long time or seeking greater self awareness.
My Practice is Humanistic and encompasses Person Centred, Relational and sensori-motor approaches. I can tailor my way of working to your needs and offer both short and long term therapy. Counselling can be challenging but you will experience sessions as safe, warm and unconditional.
How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me - Leonard Cohen
Alongside my counselling practice I work with individuals and groups in natural settings.
HIRETH WOODLAND THERAPY
Within private ancient woodland between Chippenham and Bath you can encounter the other than human and sense the more than human in yourself as it is reflected in a landscape teeming with opportunity for realisation, clarity, transition and peace of mind.
My curiosity about notions that modern ways of living and disconnect may have a negative effect on our mental health have lead me to explore dispensing with the walls and roof and working together in the natural environment.
The traditional counselling environment doesn't suit everyone and there is a growing body of research that supports ideas that being outside is good for our mental health. I invite you to sample being truly present in nature. This need not be strenuous. We can simply walk or sit outside.
I am a Natural Mindfulness Guide. Please enquire about groups. Natural Mindfulness is simply the act of walking mindfully in Nature; more deeply it is fostering awareness of the fundamental nature of our being, reality and existence. The practice is a route to improved health and wellbeing and an antidote to many of the health issues associated with modern-day living.
I have practiced counselling for more than 25 years.
I grew up on a farm in Wiltshire, lived in Denmark for a while and have worked with adults and children in the fields of Education, Social Care and Criminal Justice. I play guitar and the Irish drum.
I am interested in advances in neuroscience and the growing understanding of and treatment of trauma. I practice mindfulness and meditation and have had many hours of my own therapy. I have an insatiable love of landscape and photography and the healing power of Nature.
“When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams…”
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited Course)
- Diploma in Counselling Level III
- 25 years counselling experience (individuals & couples)
- Training counselling students, foster carers and other professionals
- Natural Mindfulness Guide Training
- Work for the NHS and Local Authority and Employee Assistance Programmes
- Registered Member of BACP and adhering to their ethical framework and standards of confidentiality
- Fully Insured
- Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure
- Regularly undergoing supervision and personal development
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling is often regarded as something we do when something is 'wrong'. Many people benefit from using counselling perhaps once each month to help them 'stay well'.
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Indoor fee range is between £40 and £50 (50 minutes) depending on circumstances.
Please enquire about:
Counselling via Email or Telephone
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Now offering Saturdays. Days and evenings in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Telephone & Video Counselling. Daytime in Ancient Woodland, Wiltshire.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|