Hi, I'm Sandie, a professional counsellor based in Hitchin.
Sometimes our mind can become cluttered with racing thoughts that make us feel anxious and stop us from moving forward and living the life we wish for. When this happens we can be left feeling stuck, helpless, or just really frustrated.
Perhaps you feel the weight of current or past difficulties is holding you back and interfering with your work or family relationships. Maybe it's a loss such as: bereavement, a significant life event or changes at work that have left you feeling conflicted and confused. Sometimes we can cope with challenging life events, other times they grind us down leaving us feel feeling alone in our struggle.
At times like this counselling can help.
I can help you by offering a calm and confidential space for you to pause. Together we can talk through your difficulties, think about your experiences, contemplate what they mean to you and empower you to find a way forward.
You may want to focus on current problems and at other times it may be helpful to think about how your past is impacting on your present situation. I welcome whatever issues you wish to bring, explored at your own place.
When we feel overwhelmed, the thought of making the changes we hope for can seem daunting, but it is completely normal to feel this way. I understand that, trusting a counsellor with your thoughts and feelings takes time and courage. I am patient and compassionate and will do my utmost to make you feel welcome and safe, enabling you to get the most from counselling. My background in nursing underpins my rigorous counselling training which gives me a unique insight and additional information into how emotional difficulties impact physical health.
I invite you to contact me by email or phone, if you have any questions and to arrange a free initial 15 minute phone consultation. This will be an opportunity for us to have a brief chat about what is going on for you right now and how I can help you. Should you then wish to go ahead with counselling, we can book your first appointment.
Sessions are 1 to 1 and last 50 minutes.This comes with no obligation to commit to further sessions and is an opportunity to see if my approach suits you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in the community (Manor House Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire).
- Associate counsellor at Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living.
My background is in nursing and in the voluntary sector as a Samaritan listener.
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
- I charge £45 a session.