Hello and welcome. I'm Sally, and I am a Psychological Therapist with over 20 years experience as a Counsellor. I currently work as a therapist with the NHS and also run my own private practice. I offer treatment for symptoms of depression, anxiety and all areas of difficulties that affect emotional wellbeing.
My experience includes several years of working in Health and Social Care, Substance Misuse and the diverse range of problems associated with this for both family members, partners and those affected by addictions.
My original training was in Person Centred Counselling and this remains at the heart of my work. I am shaped by both life experience and professional practice. I am flexible in my approach and work with brief, solution focused therapies and also longer term counselling. I am experienced at working with issues stemming from the many faces of abuse, relationships, family conflict, difficulty in dealing with others, as well as adjustments and loss.
How can I help?
No matter what fears, feelings or concerns you are wanting to address I aim to help you build on the positive experience of being accepted and understood. A strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is at the heart of any good therapy, this will encourage you to feel you are in a better position to help yourself.
Although unable to offer private sessions to anybody actively involved with substance misuse or alcohol problems, I am happy to offer counselling to those who are stable and in recovery from addictions. I am also able to offer support to family members or partners who are wanting to find a better way to cope and gain a more clear understanding of how to help themselves rather than getting lost in just helping others.
I have never lost the joy of being able to explore, together, a way forward and to help others find a new sense of self and direction. Once established this can start to help you feel less stuck, less trapped by the past or fearful and worried for the future.
Throughout my counselling I incorporate a Mindful approach and I embrace regular Mindfulness practice as part of my own life.
What should I expect from our counselling sessions?
I offer an initial 20-30 minute telephone or face to face meeting which will help us both decide if therapy with myself is right for you. There will be no charge for this.
I work from a comfortable therapy room in my own home or I am able to offer a clinic venue if preferred. Some early evening and Saturday appts are also available, we can discuss the best times for you when you make initial contact.
Please call me on either 07592 873117 or 01458 273259 or alternatively, you can click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning 1997
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling 1998
- Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling 1999
- European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2000
- (CPCAB The Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
Achieved BACP Accredited status 2007 (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Current Practice: Psychological Therapist (Counsellor) NHS.
Department of Emotional Health and Wellbeing. I work from several GP Surgeries in Somerset.
Previous: Turning Point Somerset. Treatment for Substance/Alcohol Misuse
Brief Solution Focused Therapy/ Longer Term Therapeutic approaches and counselling.
Group Work: Co-facilitator for Intensive Day Programme. Group Support facilitator for Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention Programme
In house Trainer (for staff) Motivational Interviewing programme.
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.
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
£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session
I offer a free initial 20-30 minute telephone or face to face meeting. Following this we will discuss your individual situation regarding fees.
Concessions will be considered, students etc, we can discuss this when you make contact.
Please call or email me if you have any questions.
I am flexible in offering appointment days and times.
I live in the main street of a small town and there is ample free parking close by. Ground floor clinic setting if needed or sessions within my own home in a comfortable therapy room.