Sara Swinn

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist REG MBACP ACCRED PFOA Approved
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Colchester CO1 & CO6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I can provide a safe, caring and confidential environment to help you explore your emotions, encouraging self discovery and promote change, if appropriate.

I am able to offer telephone and online counselling and have a wide range of experience in this area, as well as face to face sessions at Life Force in Colchester.

I am a qualified Registered and Accredited Counsellor with the BACP and hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Accredited Course) with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am also trained in Creative Therapies, which involves Artwork, play therapy and I am also Relationship Counsellor.

I work with anxiety, anger management, depression, stress, childhood issues, sexual abuse, eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress, and personal development, along with many other presenting issues.

I work with a wide range of people and ages with diverse presenting issues.

I practise from the LIFE-FORCE Counselling Service in Colchester, which is easily accessible and can accommodate disabled parking by prior arrangement.

I am also a Lead Tutor on the Integrative Counselling Diploma Course with Life-Force, Accredited Counselling School, this provides me with an extensive knowledge of various theories and their practical application.

Previously I have been trained by the N.F.S.H as a Healer.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 2009 and have worked with a wide range of individuals, with many different presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, stress related issues and with couples in Couples/Relationship therapy.

I am an Integrative Counsellor/psychotherapist which means I use different theories to assist you in your process.

I work in a humanistic way, where I value the relationship that develops between us, encouraging a trusting environment where it can feel 'safe' to talk about the 'unsafe' feelings you may have.

My aim is to listen, to understand and to help you reach your potential.

I can offer an initial assessment session of 50 mins, followed by weekly sessions with the offer of an open-ended contract.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Telephone and online sessions are available from 11.00am till 9.00pm (subject to availability) Face to face sessions are available in the afternoon and evening also subject to availability.

3 East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QL

Colchester, Essex, CO6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I am able to accommodate wheelchair users at Life Force Centre in Colchester. There is a drop off point that avoids steps which is available if booked in advance.