About me

Hello and welcome

My training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (T.A) focuses on the well being of the person, and how the influences of the past affect the here and now. This knowledge helps individuals and couples to understand patterns of behaviour that may no longer be serving them well. Quite often bringing into awareness  just one behaviour can make a difference to the relationship with the self and others

I have recently qualified in Contemporary approaches within Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT); this allows for the integration of different therapies such as CBT, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and person-centred, alongside the basis of T.A enabling me to provide a more flexible integrative approach within the therapy room. How this can help you is a more professional approach to being able to understand and help with better coping strategies.

CBT works well with anxiety or depression looking at the cognitive side of the problem e.g., how thoughts affect feelings, and how feelings affect behaviour using this alongside. CBT works well with short term solution-focused therapy.

Some individuals prefer a cognitive approach and a small task of keeping a diary or noticing feelings surrounding certain av=ctivities can help with understanding anxiety particularly - social anxiety. 

A mindfulness approach works well with obsessional thoughts, overthinking and anxiety and can bring relief to symptoms. A simple task of a 5-minute meditation 3 times a week is proven to reduce anxiety and calm the mind to prevent panic attacks or reduce the intensity.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) works well with symptoms of low self-esteem and is a gentle approach to problems. Quite often the harshest critic can be the self-talk; many individuals work well with CFT where historical issues have created low self-esteem.

The person-centred approach puts you the client at the heart of the therapy and helps me to understand your story. This works well with decision making and helps to create better outcomes by working through life decisions with another person ie a therapist to gain confidence.

Psychotherapy can bring insight to help you understand where the issue/s may have begun, and guide you on the road to recovery. Understanding where a habit, behaviour or thought has originated from can be the first step towards change.

Many people want to change a behaviour or habit and psychotherapy can help with understanding the 'why'  helping to gain motivation towards a successful outcome you desire rather than what others want for you. This process can be slow and sporadic; however, to prevent relapse or setbacks due to critical thinking therapy supports that one step back is ok,  and reflection is as important as progress. 

I work with individuals and couples 18+ providing a secure, confidential environment to find a positive way forward.

I request from clients that online or phone therapy be attended in an environment that supports confidentiality and we will not be disturbed for 50 minutes. 

I provide an inclusive service supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

The first session is usually an introduction to understand your needs and see how we can work together.

Remember this is a brave and noble step you will take and one that may change the direction of your journey through life.

You Are No Longer Alone

Contact; text or call 07928299517

Training, qualifications & experience

Contemporary approaches within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy BSC Hon University of Derby  July 2021

Supervision Diploma (Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy) June 2021

Certified Cyber therapist (online therapy Institute Europe ltd) Dr Kate Anthony Fbacp September  Experience in the art of online therapy, Text, Chat, Email, video link Virtual life, Avatar,2nd life 2018

Advanced Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy Experienced in the treatment of general mental health issues to the more complex personality disorders, all of which have something in common, most people begin with the need to discover how to cope better. 

Reiki practitioner/ teacher/master Reiki is an advanced sophisticated healing technique that works with the bodies natural healing abilities enabling an overall sense of well being. Additionally experienced in providing guided meditations for the well being of mind, body, and spirit. 

Youth and community  Experienced working with individuals and families of all backgrounds, and life experiences. supporting people with positive lifestyle changes. 

Continuing professional development

Addictions Symposium  (BACP) Observing how conventional and unconventional approaches, have brought new light to the world of addictions around the world, 2016

Family coaching emerging futures Coaching family members to choose and maintain goals. After a person with an addiction has chosen to be in recovery and maintains a different healthier lifestyle, it's easy for the focus to still be on them, this way helps family members to choose a different focus and a healthier way forward.2016

I also support the travelling community and understand the culture and encourage easier access to therapy. 

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Supervision

I work from the seven eyed model of supervision (peter Hawkins and Aisling McMahon)

That focuses on:

1. The client; who they are and what their issue is, what they chose to share, which area of their life they wanted to explore, and how this session's content might relate to content from previous sessions.

2. The strategies and interventions of the supervisee with the client, using metaphors and images

3. The relationship between the client and the supervisee; how the supervisees history affects the therapeutic relationship.

4. The supervisee; the transference and countertransference, that could affect the therapy they provide.

5. The supervisory relationship; the parallel process that may play out during supervision.

6. The supervisor focusing on their own process; how the work with the supervisee affects the supervision relationship.

7. Focusing on the wider context; Professional codes of ethics, the context the supervisee works from, the relationship with other agencies or other supervisors, social, cultural and political beliefs and economic context.

The cost for supervision is £60 per 60 minutes or £90 per 90 minutes.

Currently, there is a space for 4 supervisees for group supervision starting in October at a cost of £70 per 2 hours attendance.

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Online phone, and Email therapy
Individual sessions

£60 for 50 minutes

Relationship/couples counselling

£80  for 60 minutes

Online therapy is via  zoom a safe encrypted platform

Email Therapy is via Hushmail a secure encrypted email.

Email therapy is given the same focus and requires information of no more than 150 words. The first session is normally a phone call or a 30-minute zoom call to assess your needs, or email no more than 150 words to sandra.williams.psychotherapy@hushmail.com 

Concessions are available, on short and long term therapy. please ask at the initial assessment

mindfulness for better work focus and stress reduction. I provide 4 weeks of mindfulness meditation for groups with a minimum of 4 in attendance

I have provided a 5minute snapshot of the mindfulness meditations on my website
http://www.thetherapistschair.co.uk/mental-health-in-the-workplace/ ‎



Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday and Friday's afternoon is available; however, there are some sessions available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in 4 weeks time. waiting list available.

Further information

Attending Face to face requires information relating to Covid -19

As a requirement of face to face, I would ask if you have been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has Covid or are suffering symptoms you suspect could be connected to Covid-19,  to attend the session online. Where a positive result is received and the proof is provided a fee waiver is in place.

Membership

I adhere to the ethical guidelines of the: 

British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

The United Kingdom Association for transactional analysis psychotherapy (UKATA).

and the

EATA Europea association for transactional analysis.

I provide short term focused solutions and long term open-ended therapy 

I provide a Podcast for mental health well being accessible via Anchor; https://anchor.fm/s/2b9b1b78/podcast/rss 



Burnley
Lancashire
BB11

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Whatsapp

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I work from a Transactional analysis perspective; However, I am able to work integratively understanding the different therapeutic modalities.

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