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About me

I am an experienced, accredited counsellor offering a friendly and professional counselling service.  I aim to offer a safe and open environment and a non-judgemental and respectful approach to the vast range of issues that clients bring to counselling.

Life can be hard at times.  Counselling can be an opportunity to explore what is troubling you, understand your thoughts and feelings about life's experiences and find direction in your life.  Without a supportive environment to talk through these experiences, we can sometimes feel depressed, anxious, suffer relationship problems or issues with low confidence and self esteem.  Counselling can bring about positive and lasting change and help you enjoy your life and your relationships more fully. 

I have over 10 years of counselling experience working in a variety of organisations and in private practice.  I have worked extensively with a wide range of issues including depression and anxiety, low confidence and self esteem, bereavement, abuse, trauma, self harm, decision making, problems in relationships, mild /moderate eating disorders...the list goes on.  Sometimes we just feel unhappy with life but don't understand why.

I believe that the most important part of therapy is the relationship between the client and counsellor.  It is therefore very important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose. I offer a free initial half hour consultation to help you decide whether you feel I am the right person for you and whether I feel I can offer you what you need. You are welcome to come along to an initial session with no obligation to continue.

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).   I attend monthly supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines. I regularly attend training to meet BACP recommendations for Continuing Professional Development and to ensure I am able to offer a knowledgeable and professional service to clients.

My private counselling practice is in a quiet location close to junction 7 of M27. There is plenty of parking.

I possess a full enhanced DBS check. 

If I do not answer the phone when you call, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can. 

Thank you very much for your interest.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited and Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • BACP accredited diploma in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (awarded by The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body – CPCAB)
  • Level 2/3 Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Rape Crisis in-house training
  • Eastleigh Bereavement Service in-house training
  • Eating Disorders Prevention, Detection and Support (B-eat)
  • Teaching clients to tolerate emotions
  • Substance misuse as a secondary problem
  • CBT for Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in counselling children and youth
  • Certificate in counselling skills for children using the arts
  • Working with Self Harm
  • Working with Relational Trauma  (dealing with disorganised attachment)
  • Online and Telephone Counselling

Various workshops in topics such as trauma, personality disorder, depression, anxiety, loss, relationship difficulties, attachment, shame, working with troubled young people.

Experience

Current: Private practice since 2011

Previous Experience

School Counsellor - primary schools (Gosport)

Counsellor for Rape Crisis (Southampton)

Bereavement Counsellor for Eastleigh Bereavement Service.

Volunteer Counsellor for Olive Branch Counselling Service (Winchester)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Individuals - Free initial half hour session

Daytime - £45 per 50 min session payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Evenings - £50 per 50 min session (after 5.30pm)


Insurance/Health company referrals - £50 per session to include report writing. 




Availability

Monday to Thursday daytime and evening

Southampton
Hampshire
SO30

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

My counselling room is accessed via the side of my property with a pathway. There is one step up into the room over the threshold of the doorway.

Sally Blackmore Registered MBACP Accredited

Sally Blackmore Registered MBACP Accredited