Sallie Ward Dip.Couns. MBACP
I am a warm, experienced, BACP registered Counsellor practicing in Hanwell / West Ealing. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can express and explore whatever is going on in your life. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bereavement and relationship issues.
I provide a private Counselling and Psychotherapy service in West London during the week. Initial session £30. Individual sessions start from £60/session. Couples from £60/session. Group from £20/session. See below for full details.
Do you suffer from Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome that can affect all of us at some point in our lives. Anxiety manifests itself in many different ways; symptoms might include breathing rapidly, trembling or excessive crying. You may feel an impending danger, panic or doom, even weak or tired. It can be crippling and very frightening and might develop into panic attacks.
Do you suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks? Have you been diagnosed by your GP with depression or generalised anxiety disorder? Do you want to understand why, and explore new ways of managing your symptoms? Call me on 07377 470 640 to arrange an introductory session and we can explore how counselling might be able to support you.
Do you have low self-esteem?
If you are often sensitive to criticism and withdraw socially it’s possible you may have low self-esteem. You may also experience an excessive preoccupation with personal problems and have physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia and headaches.
Counselling can help you explore in a safe and confidential space why you have low self-esteem and look at ways of understanding your confidence issues so that you can start to set appropriate boundaries. You can also consider what it would feel like to be more assertive with others and nurturing to yourself and explore how to engage with others more effectively.
Are you depressed? Feeling sad?
Depression can have a major impact on daily life, negatively affecting how you feel, think and behave. Depression can make you feel sad and/or have a loss of interest in activities and pastimes you may have once enjoyed.
Depression is often associated with bereavement, a loss of something important like a relationship or job or associated with chronic illness.
Counselling can offer support during difficult and stressful periods when depression takes hold.
Have you suffered a major loss or bereavement?
Losing a loved one through death or relationship breakup can be devastating, confusing and lonely. You may experience many feelings including anger, sadness and depression. You might feel you have no-one who understands how you feel; you might feel isolated or find others expect you to ‘get over it’ before you are ready. Or you may simply just want space to cry.
Bereavement counselling can offer much needed support as you navigate and come to terms with your loss.
Are you having marriage or relationship issues?
Are you getting into conflicts and arguments with a partner? Are you having difficulty communicating and not feeling heard, or feeling a loss of connection? Perhaps you need space or feel jealous and possessive of your partner? Maybe you are experiencing financial problems or a loss of sex life or incompatible sexual drives.
Whatever relationship problems you are experiencing, couples counselling can offer an impartial space for you to explore what is going on.
Who do I work with?
I work with adults on a one to one basis for either short term Counselling or long term Psychotherapy depending on your needs. This is also sometimes called Talking Therapy. I also offer couples counselling for relationship issues and group counselling for bereavement and weight issues.
What Can Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Help With?
Counselling may help those who generally function well day to day but are experiencing difficulties in the present, which might be due to bereavement, a relationship break up or work related stress for example. Longer term Psychotherapy may be more appropriate if you think your issues and anxieties are deeper or have been present for many years.
Counselling and Psychotherapy; also known as Talking Therapy, can help with a number of issues that might cause you to feel anxious, depressed or generally stuck in life. Outlined below is a list of common issues that people seek counselling or therapy for, although this list is by no means exhaustive and simply feeling low, apathetic or ambivalent about life might be enough for you to seek help from a Counsellor of Psychotherapist.
- Panic Attacks
- Low Self-Esteem
- Lack of Confidence
- Feelings of Isolation
- Childhood Abuse
- Relationship and Family Issues
- Feelings of Sadness
- Loss and Bereavement
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Feeling Stuck in Life
- Sexual Identity
- Dealing with Issues Preventing You Achieving Ambitions
- Understanding Yourself and Your Problems Better
If you are unsure if Counselling or Psychotherapy can help you, simply arrange an initial session to explore how you feel and if you think Talking Therapy might help. My theoretical approach is based on Relational Transactional Analysis.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualification: Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Training: Masters Degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Experience: I have worked with clients that have experienced anxiety, depression, panic attacks, isolation, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, trauma, relationship and family issues, have had suicidal thoughts, feelings of sadness, loss and bereavement in addition to those who just feel stuck in life.
- BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
- IARTA (International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis)
- UKCP Trainee Therapist (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
- Metanoia Institute
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- Initial session - £30.00 (50 minute session)
- Individual counselling - £60.00 (50 minute session day - 9am-5 pm) £65.00 (50 minute session evening - 5pm onward)
- Couples counselling - £60.00 (50 minute session day - 9am-5pm) £65.00 (50 minute session evening - 5pm onward)
- Group counselling starts from £10.00/person (1 hour and 30 minute / Daytime)£20.00/person (1 hour and 30 minutes / Evening). Minimum group number required.
A weekly commitment is required. Prices reviewed annually. Over 18 only. Sessions not attended with less than 1 weeks notice are charged in full.
Counselling for General Anxiety
I specialise in seeing clients who suffer from general anxiety. Anxiety can be crippling and reduce a person’s ability to function on a day to day level effectively often escalating into panic attacks which can be very frightening. I believe anxiety can stop someone from realising their full potential in life and I am committed to offering a service to help those who want a more fulfilling lifestyle but do not know how to achieve this or why things get in their way.
I also specialise in bereavement counselling and offer a safe, confidential and empathic space for you to explore your feelings and receive support as you grieve and adjust to the changes in your life following your bereavement. I do not offer advice or make judgements; my role is to support you as you adjust to the emotional changes following your loss.
The death of someone you love is a major event and coming to terms with the loss and dealing with the normal responses of grief can be very difficult. Everyone reacts differently and feelings can often feel overwhelming. You may feel lonely and isolated, experience anger, fear or guilt as well as helplessness and/or physical aches and pains.
Grief is a normal natural process and affects everyone in many different ways; you may have physical reactions, experience sleeplessness or lack of appetite or even feel guilty about not feeling emotional. All of this is normal, there is no ‘right’ way to grieve and we all experience it differently.
Working through your grief with the support of a Counsellor can be a painful process, but it is often necessary to ensure your emotional and physical well being later.
Relationship Counselling, also known as Couples and Marriage Counselling, is a therapeutic process where couples meet with a counsellor weekly to help explore more deeply what is going on in your relationship.
Relationships can be fulfilling and long lasting; however, conflict and arguments can cause tension and upset leaving couples feeling unsatisfied and stuck in painful patterns of relating. It can be hard to identify what the problems are in your relationship and to see a way forward. Couples counselling can be useful in helping couples identify where they are ‘stuck’ and to find new ways of relating to each other that can help you grow as individuals and as a couple.
The most important part of the process is looking at how you communicate with each other. This can help identify any patterns of behaviour or communication issues that result in arguments or misunderstandings. Together we look at what you can do differently to communicate more effectively, and bring about changes that can lead to the kind of intimacy and relationship you both want.
Couples commonly seek counselling for issues such as:
- Conflict and arguments
- Difficulty communicating and not feeling heard
- Financial problems
- Feeling unable to ask for what you want
- Loss of connection
- Feeling a need for space
- Jealousy and possessiveness
- Different parenting styles
- Loss of sex life or incompatible sexual drives
Couples Counselling can help you feel supported and give you both the chance to get thoughts and feelings out in a neutral environment and in a constructive way.
There are many benefits to attending group therapy sessions compared to personal therapy. Not only is it a lower cost option but it enables you to be around others who may have shared similar experiences which can feel reassuring.
My group sessions and workshops are small and confidential and offer you the space to explore what might be holding you back in life, so you can look to explore new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
The idea of participating in group therapy might seem intimidating but group therapy can be very beneficial and regularly talking and listening to others can help you put your own problems in perspective. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through to realise you're not alone.
CURRENT GROUP - ANXIETY AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM
THURSDAYS 2 PM - 3.30 PM
LOCATION - BOSTON ROAD, HANWELL W7
COST - £10.00/WEEK
Benefits of group therapy:
- Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support
- Group therapy helps you realise you’re not alone
- Groups provides space to explore options
- Group therapy helps you find your own voice
- Groups promote social skills to engage with others
- Group therapy costs less than individual counselling
- Groups teach you about yourself
- Group therapy helps with self-awareness
I run a variety of different workshops to cater to different needs. If you are interested in finding out more about the group therapy and workshops I run, please contact me for more details.
Psycho-educational Workshops & Therapy Sessions
My workshops and group therapy sessions I run are Psycho-educational. They are designed to help raise your awareness about the way you think and behave, which may not be beneficial to you.
Sessions start with a brief introduction to some basic theory to help you think about how your behaviour may be getting in your way, so you can explore new ways of being. Group discussions explore how the theory relates to you and the issues you face so you can explore your thinking and feeling.
If you have an interest in learning more about yourself, or have specific issues you want to tackle, then please contact me for more details about my group sessions.
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Street parking available. Close to bus (E8) and Piccadilly tube networks.
Monday - Friday
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