About me

As a trained and experienced Integrative therapist with over 16 years’ counselling experience, I aim to offer counselling that helps you to work through whatever challenges you are currently experiencing in life, and consider changes you may have been thinking about. Integrative therapy is an approach which acknowledges that individuals are unique, and that life experiences are different for everyone. When working together, I can draw upon different therapeutic approaches to meet your individual needs. 

Through my counselling work at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service, in GP Surgeries and in Independent Practice. I have worked with people from a wide range of ages and diverse backgrounds. I work with many individuals contemplating life changes, struggling with relationship or family issues, separation or divorce, low self-confidence or self-esteem, anxiety and depression. I also have considerable experience of working with grief and loss, through eight years of training and volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care.

I have previously worked for the Richmond Fellowship, a mental health charity, providing employment support and advice to adults returning to the workplace following a period of depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health challenges. I understand how difficult it can feel to return to work, or consider career and work-life changes at any stage of life and this remains an area that I am passionate about.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Senior Accredited and Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and initially started working as a counsellor in GP Surgeries in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and in Independent Practice. I also worked as a counsellor at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service for over 10 years, providing counselling to undergraduate and post-graduate students. 

My early training was in Adlerian Individual Psychology where encouragement and hope are at the core of the counselling relationship. I am a qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor. This is an approach which acknowledges that individuals are unique, and that life experiences are different for everyone. As an Integrative therapist, I can draw on different approaches to meet your individual needs. 

I am also a qualified and experienced Supervisor working with counsellors and trainee counsellors. 

Qualifications 

BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Middlesex)
Diploma in Adlerian Counselling (Theory and Practice of Individual Psychology) ASIIP Dip.IIP
CST Diploma in Integrative Counselling 
ASIIP Accredited Diploma in Supervision - Cambridge Supervision Training (CST)   
Accredited Certificate in Group Supervision - Cruse Bereavement Care 
Cambridge Groupwork Certificate in Group Analysis - Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)     

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£60/hour session.

Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB22

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified supervisor with significant experience of working with both experienced and trainee counsellors.

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Sally Swain

Sally Swain