Sahara DeVille Registered BACP, Dip Therapeutic Counselling, BASoc, BA
Sahara DeVille is a professional and warm therapist dedicated to the empowerment of all people. She provides therapeutic, emotional and practical support to children, young people and adults whom have witnessed, experienced or are being affected by numerous issues, such as:
Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual abuse, Mental Health Issues, Self-harm, Post Traumatic Stress, Poor self esteem/ low confidence, Addiction, Relationship problems, Grief and bereavement, Stress via bullying, relationships, exams or professional pressures.
Sahara is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and holds a current Enhanced Clearance from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), providing police checked clearance to work with both children and adults. She is also a trained Relax Kids Therapist and is contracted out to work in several schools across Manchester providing child entered counselling and psychological support to children aged 4-16 years. Sahara is a creative and flexible therapist whom works with children based on their specific needs; this could include art/play therapy, narrative therapy, active work or relaxation/mindfulness work alongside counselling support.
She provides various psychological services including Hypnotherapy from a beautiful counselling suite on the Withington/Didsbury/Fallowfield borders in South Manchester, which is easily accessible by public transport (10-15 minutes from the city centre) and has private parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Sahara holds a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling along with a degree in Social Sciences (Human Services) from the University of South Australia and a BA (criminology/psychological anthropology) from La Trobe University Melbourne, Victoria. She has undertaken extensive additional training in areas of alternative therapeutic approaches, NLP, CBT, Narrative and Play Therapy, Self Harm and Suicide Training and also holds a qualification from the Open University in Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
Previous experience includes working as an Intensive Domestic and Sexual Abuse Counsellor for RESOLVE Counselling, The Children’s Society, in various schools all over Manchester, and being the Head of Advocacy and ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) for Rape Crisis in London for several years. In these two positions, Sahara provided support to Survivors of rape and abuse, from assessment stage, through medical examinations and court familiarisation, to the end of and beyond trial. In addition, she appeared as the media spokesperson for Rape Crisis in various documentaries, TV programs and news commentaries/debates.
During her time in London, Sahara regularly provided training to New Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police, National Sexual Abuse Helpline, colleges and local organisations, providing specialist knowledge and information on how to best support those who are most vulnerable and in need of informed care. She also sat as a specialist Panel Member for the Criminal Prosecution Service CPS advocating for change and improvement around processes and procedures affecting victims of crime. Her passion for supporting and empowering survivors resulted in her becoming the only civilian to be presented with the Metropolitan Police’s Sapphire Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Rape and Sexual Abuse.
Prior to specialising, Sahara also gained counselling experience in the areas of mental health, homelessness and drug/alcohol addiction. She has had extensive experience within the fields of Domestic Abuse, Grief and Bereavement, Self Injury and Suicide. She also holds qualifications in NLP and various counselling approaches including Narrative, Play therapy, CBT and Hypnotherapy. She holds the BTEC Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling along with degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Human Services.
Sahara is a trained Relax Kids Coach and enjoys working with children to build confidence, self awareness and enhanced communication skills. She works creatively with young people to provide them with a safe, non judgmental space where children can explore their emotions and gain clarity around feelings, experiences or fears. Mindfulness and relaxation forms an important element of the work, helping children improve their ability to focus, have greater control over their feelings and ability to self soothe.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
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I offer a sliding scale dependent upon your circumstances as to make therapy affordable for all.
(discounts apply for pensioners, students, unemployed, disabled or group sessions - please contact directly to discuss your circumstances and needs)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible with after hour session times available.
Types of client