Sally Spigner MBACP Dip Couns; Talkthinkact Counselling BR1
- Have issues in your life been getting to you recently?
- Have you been ignoring problems which are now starting to dominate your thoughts all the time?
- Is your emotional reaction out of proportion when something happens to upset you?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions then counselling may be able to help you.
My passion is helping clients move out of their comfort zones and into all of the possibilities that life offers. Whether you have low self-esteem, are struggling with your relationships (or lack of them!), considering a new direction in your career, feel that you are not being heard or are simply overwhelmed with depression, anxiety or anger issues, give me a call and let’s talk. There is no need for you to face your problems alone.
I am a BACP registered counsellor based in Burnt Ash Lane BR1, offering an approachable counselling service suitable for both adults and teenagers. Here you will find a safe and confidential setting for you to start to address some of your difficulties, without having to discuss them with your family or friends.
The cost of sessions is between £45 for teenagers, £50 adults per session.
I use a range of counselling approaches which might include looking at any physical symptoms of stress you may have, retelling your story in order to get it into order in your own mind, identifying unhelpful thought patterns and looking at where these may have originated. We may try creative imagery and mindfulness techniques if your are open to working in this way. I feel that it is important to look at you holistically in order to help you to address your lifestyle and ways of thinking. We know what to do to stay physically healthy but may give little thought to how to maintain our mental health, this is where counselling can help.
I work with clients both in short term and longer term counselling. As part of my training I have had to have extensive personal therapy of my own, so I know what it feels like to make that call then attend a first session. Hopefully I can help to put you at ease.
The types of problem I work with include:
- Family, friendships, and parenting
- Ageing and health issues/scares
- Stillbirth, miscarriage or loss of a child, abortion
- Living with anxiety, phobias or depression
- Finding meaning in your life, loss of direction
- Loneliness, shyness, loss of identity and low self-worth
- Relationships and mixed race partnerships
- Bereavements, both persons and pets, loss of friendships and isolation
- Becoming a carer, coping with disability
- Work difficulties, bullying, redundancy, changing career, becoming self-employed
- Managing stress or anger
- Domestic violence and abuse, sexual abuse, mental cruelty
- Caring for family members with special educational needs, learning difficulties (including ADHD, autisc spectrum disorders, physcially challenged clients), or indeed experiencing these conditions yourself
- Alcohol abuse, subtance and drug use, self-harming
- Emotional eating or food control
- Personality disorders, either being diagnosed with them or having parents who had these diagnoses
You don't have to be on the list to call me for an informal chat!
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Level 5.
Open University courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Introduction to Counselling
Mental Illness in Society
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.
I have an enhanced DBS check (previously CRB), and hold professional indemnity insurance.
I have worked offering adult bereavement counselling services for St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, and have been a youth counsellor in local Harris Academy Schools for four years. I have been in private practice from my home office for two years. Before I became a counsellor I worked for ten years with young children and their parents, and am acquainted with concerns experienced by the gifted and talented, children with Asperger's, ADHD and ODD, physical challenges, hearing and speech difficulties.
As a carer myself I am passionate about supporting the parents of children with learning difficulties such as Asperger's, autism and ADHD, as they are so often overlooked, and I also value working with individuals with physical challenges. I have personal experience of the trials of mixed race relationships, and also the identity issues of mixed race children.
My continuing personal development (CPD) training, and areas of personal interest, include:
- Bereavement Support training: St Christopher’s Hospice
- Families Experiencing Domestic Violence Workshop: Separation & Reunion Forum
- Capacity Building Project: Tavistock and Portman Trust; included modules on depression, anxiety and phobias, eating disorders, attachment, PTSD
- Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Lewisham Children’s Centres
- Working with Suicidal Clients: Andrew Reeves, BACP
- CBT for OCD: Sally Ingram, BACP
- CBT for Procrastination: Windy Dryden, City CBT Coaching
- Negotiation Skills: Meaney, McConnell International
- Time & Work Effectiveness: Meaney, McConnell International
- Understanding Eating Disorders: Allie Outram, BACP
- Understanding the Impact of Childhood Abuse on Young People: Aqualma Murray, BACP
- Dealing with Difficult People: Nicola Martin, City CBT Coaching
- Supporting Children with ADHD: Bromley CAMHS
- LGBT & Psychotherapy - 35 Years of Change: Dominic Davies, City CBT Coaching
- Introduction to Couples Counselling: Pam Nell, AEB
- The Madonna/Whore Complex: Jacqueline Simon Gunn, Online Events
- Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum: Liane Collins, Online Events
- Grounding Techniques for Client Trauma: Olivia Djouadi, Online Events
- Cognitive Behavioural Coaching - The Key Concepts: Windy Dryden, City CBT Coaching
- Supporting Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss: The Foundation for Infant Loss
- Trauma and Beyond: British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mixed race partnership problems
Loss of a child
Caring for children with SEN and physical challenges
I can consider local visits for people unable to come to my office, according to location and accessibility.
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Do feel free to call me if you would like a brief chat about what counselling is, and isn't, and what it might be able to do for you. If you are feeling nervous about starting this can be a real help to allay anxiety. You can also take a look at my website, www.talkthinkact.co.uk, to get more of a feeling for me and for how I work.
I offer a full hour of counselling for your fee, whereas many other therapists work on a 50 minute session basis.
Cost of counselling for a young person up to age 20;
£45 per hour
* If a young person is self-funding their own counselling then they may benefit from my concessionary rates if they are able to attend between 9-6pm. See details below. Please be sure to mention this when booking your session.
Cost of counselling for adults;
Cost of counselling for couples:
Initial 90 minute session £75
Ongoing 60 minutes sessions £65
I have a limited number of places available on concessionary fees. These apply to those registered unemployed, OAPs, under 20's, carers and full-time students or student counsellors.
I can only hold these sessions during the daytime hours of 9-6pm and they may have a short waiting list. Do call me to discuss.
Cost of concessionary sessions £40
Clients sometimes tell me that they have had counselling before but it has not worked for them, and it will not if you cannot reflect on the work we do together and make it relevant to your personal life during the other 167hrs of the week. I have no magic wands to wave, but can only hope that the insights you make can help you to start to make changes, where before you may have thought that aspects of your life were beyond your control.
It is my hope to support you through this challenging time, and encourage you to make good decisions in your life.
The name of my website is www.talkthinkact.co.uk which I hope reflects what will happen in our meetings;
Talk discussing your concerns in complete confidentiality
Think process events which have happened
Act calmly, assertively and with direction
Do take a look there if you would like to get more of an idea about me and my training, and please feel comfortable to make that call.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Disabled parking spaces between our building and Waitrose next door.
Monday - Friday 7.00am - 8pm Saturday 10am - 3pm Sundays closed :-)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|