Welcome and thank you for looking at my counselling profile.
Perhaps you are considering counselling because you are struggling with difficult feelings and emotions.
People come to counselling for lots of different reasons. Sometimes we experience a sense of being alone even thouigh we are surrounded by people, or struggling generally with our relationships. Sometimes we feel we cannot cope, or just need someone to talk to.
I am a trained counsellor for both Adults and Children and Young People
I offer an integrative counselling style. This means I draw from different approaches, like person centred and this can be very effective in helping us to make positive changes in our lives.
I also use psychodynamic approach and this is useful when we look at the attachments we have made throughout our lives and finding our resilience that helps make us able to cope in difficult times.
Sometimes we just lose our way and we need a bit of help and support to get back on track. Talking things through with someone who understands and accepts us can be enormously helpful in finding our way through confused feelings and emotions.
I have experience and success of working in with people who are experiencing emotional pain and trauma. Trauma can be sudden or it can be caused because of lack of nurture or abuse. Whatever the reason, it is most helpful to talk this through rather than keep it locked away. I have extensive experience of working with adopters, adoptees, and children or adults who have been in the care system.
My own life experiences and personal journey has helped me to develop the insight and awareness which I believe are crucial in an effective counsellor. I consider myself to be approachable and I understand how difficult it can be to face up to and deal with difficult areas of our lives, and talk about ourselves which can feel frightening or uncomfortable.
I believe that it is only through being heard, being accepted, being valued, that positive and long term changes can happen. However, within this, integrating strategies such as, cognitive behavioural techniques such as goal setting or journaling, can be helpful in providing a practical aspect to our work together, especially if you are experiencing anxiety. I also use creative techniques at times.
If you feel I could be of help, you can contact me by phone or email to discuss anything further. (details below) or see my website for further information www.sandymarwicktherapy,com
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling -Integrative (Adults)
Postgraduate Diploma in counselling Children and Young People
I also completed:
- Theraplay -Level 1
- Non-Violent Resistant Work with Families
- Dydiac Developmental Psychology -Level 1
- Behavioural Couple Training for Alcohol Dependence
My past experience is in the performing arts and I was a community dance co-ordinator and teacher focussing on the needs of disabled young people through inclusion. I have extensive experience of working with a range of abilities and needs.
After this I qualified as a social worker where I gained experience in working with families who were in the process of adopting, or were going through some difficulties and needed support. I have experience with all areas of social work over the 20 years of my career but the most rewarding was the relationships that I made along the way.
Very importantly, I have a lot of life experience and a very empathic and understanding approach to the difficulties which people often face just trying to cope with their lives and their relationships. I believe a good therapist or counsellor is not an expert on other people, but someone who understands, through their own experience or listening to others, the difficulties and struggles which most of us face in our lives.
I also understand how difficult it can be for people to take this step and contact a counsellor. My style and approach will be very much based on what you want and need from counselling, and the pace you are comfortable with. I will help you to explore and discover what is right for you. Many people for example, come to counselling expressing a sense of loss or confusion about 'who they are'. Sharing fears and feelings about this can give a greater understanding and acceptance of oneself. It can be an enormous relief just to be able to speak to someone who understands and can accept these thoughts and feelings.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session for an individual
and £65 for parent/carer work per 50 minute session
I can offer some concessions on a case by case basis.