Sara Bradly, Certified Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist/ Counsellor MA MBACP
I like to think of my practice as like a warm and welcoming shelter from the cold, where those parts of ourselves that feel so unlovable and not good enough out there in the world, can feel welcome and respected, seen and heard.
My hope is that I might offer you a little respite from the world: a sensitive, gentle, non-judgemental companionship. Somewhere you can feel at ease to explore any matter that's troubling you.
Here, between us, we can go deep. We can explore uncharted territory - we can be honest, confident in the knowledge that whatever you share is treated confidentially, held with the utmost respect and is not judged.
My way of working is particularly suited to you if you're experiencing any kind of anxiety - including social anxiety, panic and depression.
I am a qualified Focusing-Oriented Therapist with a Masters degree in Person-Centred Counselling (MA).
Free Initial Consultation / Fees
I offer a free 30 minute no-obligation initial consultation to all prospective clients. I do this from an ethical commitment to enable you to explore and find the right therapist for you without it being a costly process.
The Following fee options are available:
- Pay as you go: £45 per session
- Six week slot booking: £240 (equivalent to £40 per session)
- Twelve week slot booking: £420 (equivalent to £35 per session)
- Concessions: £30 per session (limited availability and only available to people on a low income with no other financial means).
If you decide to commit to therapy, it is usual to have weekly sessions for either a set period of time, decided by you, or on an on-going basis until you feel the time is right to end.
To book your free consultation simply send me an email with your availability or give me a call and I will endeavour to offer a time that suits you.
What is Focusing-Oriented Therapy?
Focusing is a powerful psychotherapeutic process which can be used to gain clarity on what you feel or want, to obtain fresh insights into your situation, and to promote change or healing of your situation.
It involves acknowledging thoughts and feelings that are present in a typical problematic situation in your life, and then sensitively and with curiosity, looking beneath the surface and connecting with the bodily ‘felt sense’ (inner knowing) of the problem. Throughout the process you are gently and skilfully guided, enabling something new to arise that comes from within you. It is a process of bringing aspects of yourself that are out-of-awareness, into awareness, with acceptance and empathy. In this process, change and healing can begin to take place.
Focusing can be a talking-only therapy, or it can be combined with art materials (no artistic skills necessary) and objects to symbolise and clarify the inner knowing or ‘felt sense’.
I offer both ways of Focusing and offer it according to the client’s wishes - it may be that you might like some specific Focusing sessions interspersed with more general counselling sessions, or you might like to do Focusing in every session. The choice is yours.
Most clients I work with find Focusing enjoyable and insightful, but if it turns out that it doesn’t suit you for whatever reason, we can simply leave it out of sessions, and adopt a person-centred counselling approach instead.
Between sessions, once you are familiar with the Focusing process, you’ll be able to practice it at home in order to advance your therapeutic progress.
You are always in charge of your process, and nothing is ever imposed on you.
Focusing is Research-Based
Focusing is based on the extensive research over 15 years of Professors Eugene Gendlin and Carl Rogers in the 1950s & 60s at the University of Chicago, where they analysed what it was that made therapy successful.
They found that without exception, it was when a client attended to this inner knowing, or ‘felt sense’ that the outcome of therapy was successful.
Gendlin therefore developed a way of enabling all clients to be able to get in touch with the felt sense. His method - Focusing - is now taught and practiced across the world by thousands of people.
Professional Membership includes:
- registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). BACP is a professional body that is committed to high standards in counselling and psychotherapy, and the protection of the public. By being a registered member of this organisation I adhere to an accepted and approved code of conduct and accountability.
- member of the International Focusing Institute, New York.
- Safer member (Norfolk safeguarding children board)
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Counselling (University of East Anglia).
Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist (International Focusing Institute, NY)
Certified Focusing Trainer (International Focusing Institute, NY)
Seven years experience in Person-Centred Counselling and Focusing, both with individuals and in groups, including employment at the University of East Anglia on the PG Diploma Counselling course. Five years experience in private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Counselling / Psychotherapy Fees
- Free 30 minute initial consultation
- 50 minutes: £45.00 per session
- six week slot booking: £240 (equivalent to £40 per session)
- twelve week slot booking: £420 (equivalent to £35 per session)
- concessions: £30 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|