Sandra Buckley (Dip.Couns, CPsychol)
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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
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.