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.
I am a BACP registered counsellor based in Burnt Ash Lane BR1, offering an approachable counselling service suitable for both adults and teenagers. 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 able to offer face-to-face counselling at present as I have had and recovered from Covid in August of this year. My room is large enough for us to sit 2m apart and I am disinfecting everything between clients.
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 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, 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
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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mixed race partnership problems
Loss of a child
Caring for children with SEN and physical challenges
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, online sessions are £45. Do check my website for concessionary charges, and those for younger people and unemployed.
Concessions offered for
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.