Kate Sapara - Dip.Couns, Registered MBACP
Anyone can benefit from therapy – it’s a chance to become much more yourself. There are some situations where long-term work is needed but just a few sessions can be very helpful too.
Often adults, children and young people I work with want to move beyond difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours and counselling offers us the opportunity to work with effective methods to bring about change.
I have helped people work through a wide range of issues such as:
Loss and bereavement
Childhood and more recent trauma
Anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder
Depression and feeling sad
Issues of prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal
Relationship and family issues
Sexuality and identity
Low self esteem and self confidence
Life purpose and direction
The therapeutic process can bring deeply held emotions to the surface, the idea of which may initially be daunting. However, it can also be comforting, enriching, exciting and empowering, where real and lasting change can take place.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space.
My theoretical perspective is Humanistic, believing that with the right support, we all have the ability to fulfil our potential and achieve our goals. No one therapeutic approach is a 'cure-all' and so being Integrative enables me to draw from a range of approaches to suit your unique needs, as well as your unique preferences.
Although my approach is predominantly 'talking therapy' some clients find creative approaches helpful, such as sand tray, art work, visualisation, body awareness and breath-work. These may include coping techniques/skills for use outside of sessions. Where I think a creative approach might be helpful it will be offered as an invitation. Our work together will be a collaborative process, keeping your goals and preferences very much in mind throughout.
The First Meeting
I recommend a 30 minute initial meeting, offered free of charge, in which you can get a feel for what counselling involves and how it may help you. You can ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have. This time together will help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. It is human connection and acceptance that makes therapy productive so our relationship will be key to you feeling safe in exploring your feelings and experiences. This time also enables me to make an assessment of your presenting issues and ensure that I have appropriate training and competence to support you.
I offer online (via Zoom), telephone and face to face sessions. Face to face sessions are offered with (Covid-19) safety measures in place. These measures are updated regularly following government guidelines and BACP recommendations. Please feel free to contact me with any queries or to arrange an initial meeting via one of these methods. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I can be found on the BACP Register which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
My qualifications include the BACP accredited Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Wealden Psychology Institute) specialising in three main approaches;
Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.
I have counselled anticipatory and bereaved clients in a hospice setting and have specialised training and experience working with clients with Acquired Brain Injury. Alongside my private practice I am a Designated Safeguarding Officer for a local charity and supervise their practitioners in supporting vulnerable children in schools.
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework and in my commitment to continuing professional development I have additional training in: Anxiety, Depression, Children, Young People and Families (covering the new BACP requirements), Trans/Gender Identity, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Trauma and Recovery, Personality Disorders, Sexual Abuse, Attachment Disorders, Child Protection and Multi-Agency Safeguarding.
I have current Enhanced DBS Clearances.
I attend regular supervision and have full-cover professional indemnity insurance.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I see clients once a week (more often if requested) and my fees are:
Weekdays and evenings (50 mins) - £45
I offer long and short-term counselling. Everyone’s circumstances are different but I generally recommend weekly sessions where possible, particularly at the beginning. I do not ask clients to commit to a set number of sessions. For children, I advise parents/carers plan for six sessions which will be reviewed throughout and extended if necessary and agreed by all involved.
I offer a limited number of concessionary rates to those on a low income.
My office is situated in the centre of Haywards Heath, 10 minutes walk from Haywards Heath mainline station. Free parking.