My name is Sally Cook, I am a fully qualified counsellor with a BSc (Hons) degree in therapeutic counselling, gained at Leeds Beckett's university. I am an integrative counsellor which means I incorporate different types of therapies to suit your needs. This may be by using a person-centred approach, which in therapy means the counsellor works to understand how the client sees the world from their own perspective whilst offering a place where they can be fully accepted without judgement. The counsellor supports the client to better understand their feelings and facilitates an environment where they can get in touch with their inner strengths allowing for personal growth to occur, which in turn enables the client to function well. I may also offer mindfulness techniques which aids self-awareness and promotes acknowledgement and acceptance of one's own thoughts. feelings and body sensations. I often incorporate a psychodynamic approach into my work which allows the client and counsellor to look into the origins of a client's behaviour thus creating an environment that can facilitate understanding and change. I offer counselling to anyone over the age of 18 and I am happy to work with a varied range of problems. My areas of speciality include working with stress, depression, general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, feelings of sadness, suicidal ideation, relational issues, low self-esteem and low self-confidence. I also have a great passion for working with bereavement, grief and loss, (this includes Pet bereavement too). I offer short-term and long-term therapy at a level and pace that is comfortable and relevant for you. I have flexible working hours so am able to facilitate day time and evening appointments,
There are times in life when we can find it difficult to cope with our thoughts, feelings and emotions. When things are difficult to deal with or it all just gets too much you may need someone to talk to, to try and make sense of it all. I can offer you space and time to explore the issues that are having an impact on you. The therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client can enhance mental wellbeing and induce change to alleviate the struggles that may affect your everyday living.
Sometimes it is helpful to explore how and why you see the world the way you do, so you can look at ways to enable you to be able to cope differently and help you function in a way that is more beneficial for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: gained from Leeds Beckett's University.
- Certificate of Higher Education in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills.
- Diploma in Higher Education Therapeutic Counselling skills.
- Bachelor of Science with honours in Therapeutic Counselling.
As a counsellor I believe it's important to participate in continuing professional development. This is just some of the most recent training I have been on.
- Bereavement training with St Michael's Hospice.
- Counselling with a family focus.
- Coping strategies awareness.
- Sand tray Therapy.
- Solution Focused Therapy.
- TA 101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis
- ASSIST (Applied Suicide Interventional skills)
I have had several years' experience of working with people who have been touched by Bereavement, grief and loss. This includes pet bereavement gained from my love of animals and experiences from working as a veterinary assistant in my youth. Over the years I have worked with individuals who have struggled with anxiety, stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. As a counsellor I am passionate about creating a person-centred environment that is accessible and adaptable for all.
As well as working in Private Practice as a Counsellor, I have over 30 years' experience of supporting people with a learning disability in various multidisciplinary settings.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Registered Member 376149 MBACP
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45 an hour for a 55 minute session. Sliding scale considered depending on circumstance.
Payment by Bacs, cash or debit card will be requested prior to our sessions.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for times and availability of sessions.
The Counselling Sessions:
- Counselling sessions usually take place at the same place and time every week or two.
- The first session will offer you the chance to see if counselling is right for you and to see if we wish to work together in the future. If we decide that we are right for each other, then we will look at a contract. The contract will include boundaries, fees, confidentiality, cancellation policies and complaint procedures. There will also be an assessment, this is to get to know you a little better and will include GP contact in case of emergencies.
Counselling can help with:
- Gaining confidence.
- Self Worth.
- Increasing Self-awareness. Understanding your feelings, thoughts and emotions.
- Alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
- Enhancing self-esteem.
- Difficult relationships.
- Bereavement, grief and loss.
- Strategies for coping mechanisms.
For further information about Sally's counselling or if you have any questions about the way I work, you can contact me by email or for a telephone enquiry please contact 07396203355.