Sandra Wathall (Reg. MBACP Accredited)
As a trained counsellor I offer you a warm, compassionate approach within a safe, supportive relationship. I provide individual counselling for adults of any age either short term, focussing on specific issues that may be distressing you, or offering open-ended longer term work to help you untangle more complicated difficulties you may be experiencing.
With kindness and respect we will work together to re-build your confidence and self-belief, to increase your own understanding of yourself and help you find the tools within to make the changes you want.
As an Integrative Counsellor I take a flexible approach and work with you as the unique individual you are. Some of the reasons people have come to see me include:
~Relationship problems ~Domestic violence
~Low mood/depression ~Problems at work
~Childhood abuse/neglect ~Problems with anger
~Sexual abuse ~Major life changes
~Complex trauma ~Health issues
Often there are a combination of factors which lead to overwhelm. Gently, together, we can unravel your difficulties and find a way through; alleviating your distress and increasing your sense of wellbeing and hope for the future with a renewed sense of choice in life.
Together we would agree on what seems particularly important for you and decide what might be a useful number of sessions. Our aim would be to explore your situation, get to understand what is happening for you and why and then support you in creating the changes you need.
Counselling is not an easy option; it can be emotionally demanding and challenging, as we are faced with ourselves and our attitudes and limitations. It is my hope that all this is achieved within a warm, accepting environment which respects you and totally accepts who you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (University of Leicester)
AAMET Level 2 Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique
Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Certificate of Proficiency
Counsellor in NHS GP surgery (Birmingham)
Counsellor with Rape & Sexual Violence Project (Birmingham)
Working with Anxiety
Working with Attachment, Trauma & Dissociation
Understanding & Working with Dissocation
Dissociative States and Child Abuse
Working with Survivors of Sexual Torture
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist training and experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse and complex trauma, including dissociative states and D.I.D. I have a real passion for working with people to find freedom and release from the chains of the past.
Fifty minute session: £45
I am a certified practitioner of the Emotional Freedom Technique. This is a gentle way of releasing ourselves from stuck emotions or patterns of behaviour/thought. By skilful focussing on the issues concerned and then guided tapping using one's own fingertips, tapping on specific parts of the head and upper body, it is possible to find release and freedom from fears and phobias and deep emotional wounds that limit us.
I can provide this as a stand alone therapy or incorporated into counselling sessions.