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About me

How might counselling help you?

My passion is for helping people find understanding, acceptance and confidence - to be their authentic selves and to take control of their lives.

Maybe you have struggled for a long time to overcome the obstacles and challenges life has thrown you, or maybe you are going through a tough time right now that has set you back.  You may have questions you can't answer, patterns you can't break out of or maybe your usual coping strategies just aren't working. Maybe you feel alone, stuck, hopeless.  Perhaps you feel like you don't really know - or can't fully be -  who you really are. Maybe you don't know what's wrong, but you want things to be different.

I know what a relief it is to be able to talk to someone, perhaps for the first time, who truly listens and is on your side.  As a counselor, that's my role.  I provide a safe, confidential and calm space where you can talk freely, and if you don't know what to say or how to say it, that's OK.  You decide what you want us to work on.  I will listen, support and sometimes challenge you.  Together we will explore whatever comes up and make sense of it to help you figure out how to move forwards.

About me

I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with 4 years' experience working with individuals in a mental health charity (where I am now a trustee) and in private practice. I have also worked for 20+ years as a qualified Psychologist and professional Coach, and have helped hundreds of people overcome personal and interpersonal challenges to improve their lives.

I work with clients of all backgrounds, and all genders and sexualities within the LGBTQA+ community.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications and Memberships

  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
  • BACP - Individual Member
  • UKCP - Psychotherapist in advanced clinical training
  • Member IARTA
  • Focusing Practitioner
  • NLP Master Practitioner

Other Qualifications and Memberships

  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
  • Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching
  • Member Association for Coaching

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

I offer a free initial conversation for us to decide if I am the right person to work with you.

After that, I charge £45 per 50-minute session.  I also offer a small number of reduced cost slots for those on low income.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Further information

I normally work face-to-face in a small, quiet office in my garden.  Due to COVID-19, all sessions are currently online (zoom, skype, facetime) or by telephone.

Andover
Hampshire
SP11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

3 small steps up into counselling room.

Availability

Daytime and some evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Sandra Buckley (Dip.Couns, CPsychol)

Sandra Buckley (Dip.Couns, CPsychol)