Sally Gard MBACP (Accred)
So you are thinking of having some counselling?
It can be a daunting thought and the hardest part for you will be making the initial contact with the counsellor of your choice.
Over the 16 years of being qualified I can understand how difficult this decision could feel for you but I can help you get past this.
I offer a personal, relaxed trusting therapeutic relationship which will enable you to learn more about yourself and make sense of your difficulties and issues. Within my practice I can offer you the correct environment where I can meet your needs with the issues you present with. We can review frequently to see how you are progressing and it is important for you to realise that you are in control of these counselling sessions. Equally important is to explore your goals and to monitor your progression to make sure you are achieving them.
Client testimony (permission given):
"Thank you for being the light in what has been the darkest period of my life. Thank you for showing me that I still have the strength in me to resolve what comes next"
Attending counselling involves commitment—a commitment to yourself to change the areas of your life that aren’t working for you.
The client issues that I work with cover a wide spectrum from various forms of Abuse (having worked with victims and abusers); Addiction of various forms, Anxiety, work related stress to Relationship Problems, Sexual Issues, and Trauma. I can offer you individual counselling or if there is a relationship issue I can see you both to facilitate your needs.
For many years I have had the privilege of counselling cancer patients and their relatives/carers. People come to counselling with a wide range of personal, emotional and relationship difficulties. Most days these are under control, but when an individual is diagnosed with cancer, old issues can arise along with new ones making it more difficult to cope with the situation. As a counsellor I believe that by exploring these feelings and difficulties, and by understanding one’s conflicts, you will be able to deal with your ‘hurts’/issues hence influence your reaction to the present problem.
To offer this service I am duty bound to be fully insured. I am also a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully Accredited Counsellor and hold a Counselling Diploma (HE) in Person centred Counselling, which was obtained within a BACP Accredited course.
To improve the quality of the service I provide I am constantly attending courses, workshops; reading and viewing webinars, attending CPD meetings and importantly attend regular supervision.
I have worked with clients within a wide range of settings from NHS where appointments are limited to 8 sessions and are more solution focused, to a charity dealing with domestic violence.
Abusive relationships are usually progressive as the needs of one partner escalate and those of the other decrease. All victims who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence will need emotional support of some kind, but their needs will vary.
I have studied and worked successfully with the 12 Steps Programme, which deals with various forms of addiction.
As well as individual and couple counselling I have provided counselling for various EAP programmes (Employment assisted programmes), and have worked with students from the local university. I also provide professional support to the National Probation service.
In 1977 I obtained a Diploma in Therapeutic Radiography (HE) Part 1 and Part 2. With this qualification I have worked with cancer patients and their families and have developed a deep understanding to the surrounding issues.
Hospital appointments provide a structure and purpose for the cancer patient, so on completion of e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, the individual can feel very much on their own. Family and friends will be happy that the treatment is over, as will the patient, and expectations to ‘get back to normal’ will be high. Some have been known to admit that they feel totally changed and not at all ‘normal’ inside. This can be a hard time particularly when there is a realisation that it isn’t easy to move on. It is not a sign of failure to feel like this and with the reassurance and help of counselling, allowance of the vulnerability that was felt during the treatment is able to emerge. From this it is possible to make more sense of the experience and be able to move forward once more.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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My fees are very competitive and concessions are negotiable.
Our first session together will be charged at 50% of my normal fees as this will be an assessment of your needs and goals and for you to have the chance to meet me and decide whether you would like to continue on with counselling.
I charge £40 for subsequent individual 1 hour counselling session and £55 for a 1 hour couple counselling.
I counsell students who are studying counselling as a profession and for this I charge £30 per individual session. My name is listed at the local college.
I am happy to see you for an evening appointment but will charge slightly higher after 6pm.
EMPLOYERS - If you are looking to arrange counselling for a member of staff I am able to take referrals from you and to invoice your company directly.
I have been counselling for various EAP organisations for 7 years so am familiar with short term therapy.Please don't hesitate to contact me if you require further information.
All appointments are spaced so that you will never 'meet' another client. You privacy is important to me.
My counselling room is situated in the East of Carlisle and on a city bus route and is very easy to find.
If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to contact me either by e-mail or phone. I will reply promptly.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available from 10am am until 6pm Monday to Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|