Sandra Coulthard MBACP (Accred)
About me: I am an accredited counsellor with over 18 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. As well as my private practice, I am also a telephone counsellor for a national sight loss charity and work as a Family Consultant with individuals and couples who are going through divorce and separation.
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 18 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 also an experienced telephone counsellor.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked for over 13 years with a sight loss charity and am experienced in helping people affected by these issues.
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.
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).
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Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an accredited counsellor with over 17 years' experience of working with couples and individuals.View supervision profile