Sarah Leone Griffiths

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Guiding Star Counselling MBACP
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Merthyr Tydfil CF47
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About me

Guiding Star Counselling - Independent female psychotherapist / counsellor, covering Merthyr Tydfil, (face to face) and remote counselling (Zoom, Teams etc) working from my home (Private practice is set in Merthyr Tydfil).

Counselling from age 5 upwards - Adults, Couples, Individuals- incorporating DDP & Play Therapy Techniques with Children & Young People, where appropriate.

*New - DDP Level 1 Therapist (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) - Level 2 will be completed in 2024. I currently practice as a DDP Informed therapist.

*New - EMDR - will be available from February 2024. I currently practice as an “EMDR Clinician”.

*Adults 1:1

*Couples

*Families

*Children & Young People

*Clinical Supervision

*Parenting & Child Development 

Training, qualifications & experience

*EMDR - Levels 1-4. February & March 2024.

*DDP Level 1 - Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (November 2022) - Level 2 in 2024.

*MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert - Play & Therapeutic Play - 2008

*PG Diploma Counselling - (Integrative) - 2004

*Management - NVQ Level 4 - Barnardos Cymru - 2008

*2008 - 2010 - Barnardos Cymru - Childrens Services Manager Level 1 & Childrens Counsellor (Sessional)

*Jan 2010 - 2013 - School Based Counsellor with Blaenau Gwent CBC

*2013 -(June - Present) predominantly - Private Practice

*Clinical Supervisor.

Member organisations

BACP
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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in Trauma Therapy, EMDR (Eye, Movement, Desensitisation, Reprocessing) and Systemic Psychotherapy including DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) in children and Young People, and Systemic Psychotherapy. 

I offer support and guidance throughout Family / Children's Therapy, with 'Parenting' skills and enhanced knowledge around Child Development.

I assist Multi - Agencies and key workers with Clinical Supervision, and EAP counselling.

Guiding Star offers a safe, effective and very boundaried approach (and will need to signpost on those who are in ‘crisis management’ or living in abusive or chaotic situations - who maybe cannot commit themselves to the process and boundaries of BACP ethical counselling).

Fees

£60.00 - £250.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • WPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

*PLEASE NOTE*: To begin ANY therapy - firstly, a telephone consultation must be booked either via email enquiry or via the secure link on this Counselling Directory page, (“book a call” option) and financially secured, to see if my type of practice and style / approach, is right for you.

Counselling requires a lot of commitment and is not in any way a crisis management service or emergency care service. *Please contact your GP or Primary Care services for additional advice, if unsure*

A “week in advance” approach will initiate the sessions thereafter; Therefore, a ‘double fee’ (minimum £120 based on the baseline adults rate) is to be paid at the beginning, securing the first and the very last session. The “in advance” fee will be used in the event of cancelling outside of their contracted 48 hours notice. *NO REFUNDS APPLY*.

*INITIAL TELEPHONE CONSULTATION- £20 (up to 20 mins) *any therapy sessions cannot be scheduled, until this is completed and that basic client details and information from a basic assessment, is completed*

*REPORT WRITING - £250*

*Higher fees WILL apply, for Referrals from Insurers, Private Health and Medicolegal Companies*

*ALL COUNSELLING - £60 - £250 (PER 50 MIN SESSION) *extra £10 per session for weekends*

*Teams / Zoom sessions - 50 mins = £60

*COUPLES - £80

*FAMILY THERAPY - £150 - £250 (per session, *dependant on number of relatives)*

*THERAPEUTIC PLAY & CYP (Children & Young People’s Counselling)   - AGE 5 - 18 -  £70

*FILIAL THERAPY (1 adult, 1 child) £150

*DDP THERAPY - £150

*CLINICAL SUPERVISION - £80 - £120 PER 1.5 HOURS EACH MONTH (IN LINE WITH BACP REQUIREMENTS: www.bacp.co.uk/supervision)

*STUDENT SUPERVISION (I.D. or STUDENTS NO. REQUIRED) - £70 PER HOUR / £100 PER 1.5 HOURS EACH MONTH)

*EMDR - £100 - £150 (60 mins or 90 mins)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

*INITIAL CONSULTATION IS REQUIRED

*ZOOM / TEAMS COUNSELLING SESSIONS, TO SUPPORT THOSE IN VARIOUS LOCATION / HYBRID WORKING 

Mon - Friday 8.30 - 8.30 - *weekend sessions sometimes available*

Further information

*20 minute telephone consultation is required to initiate therapy = £20 - to ascertain whether we are a good ‘fit’ and to carry out a baseline assessment and obtain basic details to see if Counselling/ Psychotherapy is suitable *(We are not a crisis management or emergency service)*

I assist front line workers via Clinical Supervision (Teachers, Police Officers, Emergency Services and Social Workers, YOT and Domestic Abuse Practitioners).

I offer support and guidance to Carers.

I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist for 20 years, and have worked for Health, Education, Social Services / Local Authority, Private work, and some of the leading Children's Charities, across Wales and the UK

Merthyr Tydfil, CF47

Lower Thomas Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Therapy Room is on the ground floor, one step leading into the building

Additional languages

Basic Welsh Speaking

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

"Guiding Star” Counselling, DDP, EMDR Therapy - Provides Clinical Supervision including those pursuing careers in Childrens Therapy / Children & Young Peoples Counselling and / or Play Therapy.

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Sarah Leone Griffiths
Sarah Leone Griffiths