About me

  • Do you find that your mind keeps returning to a problem which you cannot put down?
  • Have you been ignoring issues in the hope that they will go away?
  • 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.

I am a BACP registered counsellor based in Burnt Ash Lane BR1, and 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, 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. 

My counselling approach will 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 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 feel that it is important to look at you holistically in order to help you to lower your stress levels and regain balance in your life. 

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
  • Infertility
  • 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, autistic spectrum disorders, physically challenged clients), or indeed experiencing these conditions yourself
  • ​Alcohol abuse, substance 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
Understanding Children
Introduction to Counselling
Mental Illness in Society

I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.  I 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. I have been in private practice from my home office for five 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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mixed race partnership problems

Loss of a child

Positive Psychology

Caring for children with SEN and physical challenges

Photos & videos

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Do just give me a call if you would like a brief chat about what counselling is and what it might be able to do for you.  If you are feeling nervous about starting this can be a real help to lessen any anxiety you might have around coming for the first time. 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.

I am offering individual adult counselling face to face for £50 per session,  young people under 21 for £45.  Do check my website for concessionary charges, and those for counselling students, couples and unemployed.




Availability

Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm

Friday 11.30am - 8pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm Sundays closed :-)

Further information

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.

Flat 34 Rotunda Court
133 Burnt Ash Lane
Bromley
Kent
BR1 5GD

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Disabled parking spaces between our building and Lidl next door.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Social

Sally Spigner

Sally Spigner