Sandra McKeever

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MBACP (Snr.Accred.) UKRCP., MSc., PGDip., Cert.ED
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Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6
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About me

I offer face to face in depth counselling, psychotherapy and supervision to adults over 21 years of age, from a psychospiritual/transpersonal perspective, providing a warm, safe, confidential space where you can explore whatever may be troubling you at this time. 

I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, with almost 20  years  experience of running a successful private practice in Glastonbury, Somerset.  I have also worked in a GP practice, in an agency specialising in eating disorders, as a counsellor in Further Education and as a counsellor in the NHS First Steps Programme.  I have training and experience in many areas, including  PTSD and trauma, domestic and sexual abuse, depression and anxiety, boarding school syndrome, self harm, eating disorders, and bereavement.

I have an Advanced Diploma, a Post Graduate Diploma and an MSc in Counselling and also completed a specialist qualification in Somatic Therapy, working with PTSD and Trauma.  My original training was in person centred counselling, but I have also trained in an integrative approach involving a number of humanistic theories, psychodynamic approaches and the transpersonal .  Because of my experience with many aspects of spirituality and spiritual practice, notably Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism, I  can also offer a deep spiritual aspect to the work, which can enrich and deepen the experience of counselling and psychotherapy.

So what is therapy?  How does it work?  One of my favourite descriptions is from the book 'In Therapy'  by Susie Orbach, where she says:

'Therapy doesn't seek to fix the problem in a simplistic way, although good therapy always addresses the problem that is brought in.  Therapy's aim is to understand, to provide context, to indicate ways of thinking, feeling and being that invite the individual to know more of her or himself, to extend their experience, to intervene in stumbling blocks or hurtful practices, to live more richly.  Conflicts may remain but are often transformed.  There are always reiterations but new ideas about the source of pain shift about.  Where there may have been one word or one emotion to explain oneself to oneself, there may be several words and feelings and even ideas that sit alongside one another.  A clamp one didn't know existed is released.' (Orabch S, 2017, pviii)

Counselling and Psychotherapy - sometimes also known as Talking Therapies - can be helpful at many times in our lives, whether we are dealing with major life changes, feeling mentally or emotionally unwell, struggling with aspects of our personality, feeling deeply unhappy or just feeling dissatisfied with life and ourselves, or just wanting to get to know ourselves better.  I am trained to help you explore and understand your feelings and your experiences in a non judgemental, empathic way and to help you move forward in your life, in whatever way you choose.  Counselling and psychotherapy can also be used to understand who we are, why we are here and to develop more fully into the person we have the potential to be and therefore does not just have to be for the times we are struggling in our lives. The therapy space can be a place to be, to become fully acquainted with who we truly are, rather than who we have been conditioned to be by society and those around us.  It allows us to reach a place of acceptance both for our past and for the person we are. 

Alongside my private practice I have worked as a Qualification Leader on the qualifying Diploma in Counselling for one of the principal examination boards in the country, the Counselling & Psychotherapy Awarding Body, and work in professional standards at the BACP.  I have considerable experience of working as a counselling trainer at all levels of qualification from absolute beginners to foundation degree, and in all areas of counselling - as a lecturer, facilitator and tutor.  I specialised in delivering modules on professional practice, personal development, mental health and research, in FE, HE and private training centres. I have articles published within the profession, and continue to research and write. 

I work with individuals both long and short term.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Accreditation with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Memberships of UKRCP (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care)  MSc Counselling (University of Bristol) Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling  (University of Bristol) Diploma in Therapeutic  Counselling(Strode College) Level 2&3 Certificates in Counselling (Strode College) Certificate in Education (Strode College).  BA(Hons) in Economic and Social History  (University of Hull)  One year training with Babette Rothschild in Somatic Therapy, working with PTSD & Trauma .  Many years experience in private practice along with experience of working in a GP Practice with a wide variety of presenting issues, in an agency working with eating disorders,  and as a student counsellor in an FE College. CRUSE bereavement trained. I have also worked as a counselling lecturer, assessor and trainer in FE, HE and private organisational settings, delivering all areas of training but specialising in personal development, professional practice, research, mental health, trauma and spiritual crisis.  I worked for one of the principal awarding bodies of counselling qualifications as both an assessor and qualifying qualification lead, and work in Professional Standards at the BACP.  Ongoing continuing professional development including training with Nick Duffell on working with ex boarders, with Christiane Sanderson on working with individuals who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, and with Dr Janina Fisher and her Structural Dissociation Model relating to traumatic attachment.  I continue to read widely to keep abreast of recent developments in the profession so to always be able to offer clients the best possible service.

Member organisations

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual Crisis.  Impact of Boarding School.  The menopause and women's issues.   Environmental anxiety.

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

When I work

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Please enquire about availability - spaces become available at regular intervals.   

Further information

Sessions are one hour long, and weekly. Clients are asked to agree to a minimum of six sessions initially.

I offer an initial session of 30 - 45 mins free of charge. This is an opportunity for us to meet and to see whether we are a good fit - that you feel comfortable with me and the surroundings, and that I feel I am able to offer you what you are looking for at this time.  It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and for me to explain how I work.  I will also use this opportunity to go through the paperwork with you, although there is no obligation to commit to us working together at this point.  I am happy for you to go away and think about it.  All the research points to the relationship between therapist and client as the key factor in successful outcomes in therapy so it's important you feel ok about me being your therapist.  However, please do be aware I cannot hold an appointment space open for more than 48 hours. 

Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Small number of steps to the entrance. Quiet cul de sac, with parking on the property and on the street.

Supervision

In person
Online

Qualified and experienced counselling trainer, Senior Accredited Counsellor and psychotherapist with a wide variety of experience offering supervision

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Sandra McKeever
Sandra McKeever