Choice Points Coach Therapy
Hi I'm Sandra and I'm a fully qualified counsellor, and life coach. I work mainly, but not exclusively, with teenagers and young adults, and I'm here to help you build confidence, find direction in life, and be your best self. There is no recipe for 'happiness' - we are all unique - and we all have our own definition of happiness. Often, it's more helpful to explore your values, belief systems and dreams for the future, and I use integrative and positive psychology methods, working collaboratively with you to achieve this. I am committed to supporting you in gaining lifelong skills that will enable you to live your best life.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood actually takes 10 years - well into the mid-20's - during which time, you're dealing with physical, emotional and mental changes, negotiating the shift from spending time with your family to socialising with peers or work colleagues; you're becoming more independent, learning to drive, maybe moving away from home, starting a new job, or trying to balance 'adulting' whilst still living at home. All of these things are a normal part of our development, but can be incredibly complex and stressful. Who can we speak to when it all gets too much? This is where I come in! I offer a space where you can come in and not just talk about the bad stuff, but talk about and plan your dreams and goals for the future as well.
Mental health and wellbeing isn't just good or bad, one extreme or the other. The reality is that we all have good days and bad days, some things that we're happy with and some things we need to work on - all at the same time! Coach Therapy allows us to work together to find out what you need, what works for you and combines counselling skills with life coaching techniques so that your therapy is tailored exactly to you.
Please contact me if you think I can help you. During an initial call, I can explain about confidentiality and fees, and answer any other questions you have.
Training, qualifications & experience
After leaving school I went straight into the world of work. I have held various public sector roles for over 30 years, and during this time I gained experience working with teenagers and young adults in various settings. After studying part-time I gained qualifications in counselling and coaching and also became involved in mentoring young people at a local school.
I have the following qualifications -
BSc (hons) Psychology; MSc (merit) Counselling; PG Cert Counselling Children and Young People; ICF Board Certified Youth Coach, Registered Member BACP.
I love learning and am continually updating my knowledge and skills through numerous short courses relating to the areas of work that I am passionate about.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My work is predominantly, but not exclusively, with teenagers and young adults and covers all areas of counselling, including subject areas that may be classed as 'high risk'. I work in a pluralistic / integrative way, which means I will work with you to discover which counselling skills and methodologies will be most helpful to you. I am an advocate that past mistakes or missed opportunities shouldn't dictate our future. We all have the ability to reinvent ourselves and I am committed to supporting people in gaining lifelong skills to enable them to live their best life. Although I am not an expert, I have some experience working with neurodivergent people, and with those who are care experienced or have had contact with criminal justice. Please contact me if you think I can help you.
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session
Fees are £45 per 'counselling hour' - usually 50 minutes. Single Session Therapy or a specific therapy programme can sometimes take longer (around 90 minutes), and this would be discussed with you prior to the session.
I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with some evening appointments, depending on availability.
At present I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with some evening appointments available.