Sandra Jones Counsellor and Supervisor Registered Member BACP (accred)
If this is the first time you have considered counselling you may be wondering how I can help you. It may be that you have recently suffered a crisis in your life such as a bereavement or a relationship breakdown or you may be going through a particular life transition (retirement, a new job, beginning family life or children leaving home for example). It may be that you have been struggling with something such as generalised anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, lack of confidence, the effects of a difficult childhood, a trauma or addiction for a long time and it just seems the right time to resolve these issues. Sometimes the problem can be hard to define but you have a sense that something is not right or you might want to find a way to live a happier and more fulfilled life.
I work in an integrative way which means that I draw upon ideas from a number of different theoretical backgrounds. It maybe that you simply need a space where you can explore how you are thinking and feeling or it may be that CBT might help you identify and modify unhelpful thoughts and beliefs or you may recognise that you you keep repeating certain patterns of behaviour that you would like to change. I have a particular interest in trauma having completed a number of training courses on the subject. A trauma could be a single incident such as an accident or it could be accumulative as in the case of a traumatic childhood. Stabilisation techniques and Mindfulness can be really helpful in enabling people to feel more in control of, what in some cases can be overwhelming, feelings.
Having worked as a counsellor for 20 years I have been privileged to work with people who have presented with a range of such issues. I have been working in private practice for over 10 years and have also worked in the NHS as well as a number of local voluntary organisations including those specialising in addictions
I also develop and run workshops in the community. I love the variety of my work and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.
I operate my service from a purpose built consulting room with its own private access and am located within easy reach of Ware town centre and local train and bus services.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics.
I did my initial training at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated in 2002 with a PgDip in Counselling
My initial training was in Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapy. Since then I have regularly attended training days and workshops to keep my experience up to date and because I love learning about this subject. Particular training courses have been key in developing my practice and the way I work:
- Completion of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Trauma Training with Babette Rothschild
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness for Well Being
- Understanding your Eating Program with Professor Julia Buckroyd
- Brief Therapy Training
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Level 1
- NCFE certificate in drugs & alcohol
I have worked in both private practice and the voluntary sector as a counsellor, a supervisor and a trainer. I have developed and ran courses for the local community ranging from Counselling Skills, Assertiveness, Confidence Building and Stress Management. I have experience running alcohol awareness course on behalf of the Driving Standards Agency as well as groups to help people understand their emotional connection to food.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer individual supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors. Please see my supervision entry for further details.
Counselling costs: £50.00 per session. I am able to offer concessions on occasion. Please contact me to discuss
Supervision costs: £45 for a one hour session. I offer a reduced fee for trainee counsellors or those starting out in private practice
You are welcome to call or email me to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. If you decide to go ahead the first step would be to arrange an initial appointment where we would get to know each other and explore how we could work together. I always allow an hour for the first appointment to give us plenty of time to cover everything. All subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Wednesday Daytime and some late evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been working with clients for over 15 years.View supervision profile