Sandra Coulthard MBACP (Accred)
About me: I am an accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience of working with couples and individuals. I work from home in my garden room which provides a private, tranquil setting for counselling. I specialise in relationship problems but also see clients for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, health problems, low self esteem and work-related stress.
About counselling: Coming to counselling at a difficult time in your life is a big step and it is important that you find the right counsellor for you. I provide a calm and neutral space for you to talk and reflect on thoughts and feelings. Together we will explore the difficulties you are currently experiencing and I will help you think about how you want to move forward with your life and relationships. We will usually meet once a week at the same time. Counselling can be open-ended with no set end date or can be for an agreed number of sessions. This will depend on you and why you are coming and is something we can talk about when we meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training background is mainly in psychodynamic counselling but I have also trained in person-centred counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Among my qualifications I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, a Certificate in Marital Counselling and a Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills.
I have over 20 years experience as a counsellor. As well as my private practice, I have worked as a counsellor in a range of settings including counselling agencies for couples and individuals, a workplace counselling service, the NHS (in a hospital psychotherapy and counselling service) and a sight loss charity (Macular Society). I usually see clients face to face but am an experienced telephone counsellor and have worked extensively online during Covid.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I worked as a telephone counsellor for over 17 years with a sight loss charity and am experienced in helping people affected by these issues. I now help run a local support group for this charity.
Concessions offered for
Fees for sessions are £40 for individuals and £50 for couples. I offer some flexibility of fees for those on low incomes. I offer a free initial half hour consultation so that we can decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Payment can be made either by cheque, cash or bank transfer. I may charge for sessions cancelled at short notice.
Daytime and evening appointments available
Day time and evening appointments available. Counselling takes place in a residential area of Chelmsford and street parking is available. I am also on a regular bus route from the centre of town (54 and 56 buses).