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Psychotherapist and counsellor, MBACP

About me

I have a friendly and relaxed approach and will welcome, without judgement, all parts of you. I am continually amazed by the healing power of a trust based, genuine and unconditionally supportive relationship and I strive to offer this to every client I work with. Like many therapists, seeking my own therapy opened my eyes to its magic and I continue to feel awe and humility in light of what can occur within a therapeutic space and at the lasting impact it can have.

I class myself as an integrative therapist with a person centred heart. This means I call upon a variety of psychotherapy models (depending on the needs and wishes of each client), but I hold the key values of empathy and unconditional positive regard for each client closely, alongside offering a genuine sense of myself. My role is to offer and facilitate a space that gives you the freedom to be with yourself; to meet and explore your honest heart, to become more familiar with, and perhaps even embrace, all parts of yourself - including the parts that feel difficult to talk about - the 'good' and the 'bad'.

You will be invited to give expression to your thoughts and emotions and in return will be met with non-judgemental compassion. I observe, I offer these observations lightly, I ask questions and I listen closely to my own intuition, but I believe fully that you are the expert in your own life and as such I will never claim to 'know better', nor will I dictate your process or speed.

In my personal and professional experience, therapy often leads to a greater understanding of the self as a whole person and offers enhanced and empowered decision making for the future. It can open the door to living with intent and with greater purpose.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked closely with teenagers and young adults since 2007. I have previously worked with older adults at the charity, Mind, and do so currently in my private work. I welcome contact from clients of any age or background.

My clients have brought a variety of difficulties, often presenting in a variety of different ways, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, repetitive behaviours, low self-esteem, sexuality exploration, addiction, bereavement, disconnection from self, self harm, suicidal thoughts, trauma, attachment issues, self doubt/dislike/loathing, confusion, maternal/paternal difficulties, fertility issues... The list is endless and very human. Having a safe space to engage in self exploration can be life changing for ourselves and those around us.

I began my career as a secondary school teacher before retraining as a postgraduate person centred counsellor and psychotherapist (level 7). I was always fascinated by (and sought to engage) the person behind the pupil and so honouring that now and being able to work this manner, is a privilege. I have also completed training in the Penn Resilience Programme, which is evidence based and focuses on building resilience, well-being and optimism in all walks of life.

I have a keen interest in the developmental years and how our earliest relationships and experiences play their role in molding our character, self belief, self view, decision making and relationship responses. With this in mind, I offer gentle and respectful companionship as we explore these influences and their past and present day impact. 

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I follow their code for ethical practice and my work is supervised as required by the BACP as a regulatory body. I also engage in annual safeguarding and child protection training and work closely with the local CAMHS team.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Our sessions are held at the same time each week for consistency and flow - this time slot becomes yours and remains so for as long or as little as you require. I invite us to look at our joint availability to see what's possible; you may have a set block of time in mind or you may prefer to work in an open ended way - both are welcome. Holidays are of course expected, but clients are politely required to commit to weekly sessions or (when necessary) replace them with a more time-flexible online session.

Greater flexibility will be offered from September 2022.

When I work

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My availability is currently limited, but further days and times will be offered as 2022 develops.

Further information

A sense of connection underpins the therapeutic process and is at the heart of the trusting relationship I aim to offer and build together with you.

I will invite us to 'meet' before we decide to work together so we can learn a little more about each other.  We have the option of first meeting online or speaking on the telephone, whichever feels most comfortable. You will be invited to tell me a little of what brings you to therapy, what you're looking for and we can discuss how I might be able to help. 

My therapy room has a peaceful atmosphere and is based at The Herbarium in the heart of Lancaster. Clients can enter the Herbarium via the cafe, or via the back door for privacy.

My availability is currently limited, but more times and sessions will be offered as 2022 develops.

If you would like to make contact, please email me.

5 Great John Street, Lancaster, LA1 1NQ

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

My room is based on the first floor of the Herbarium. Unfortunately this can only be accessed via stairs.

Online platforms

Zoom
Sara Bridson

Sara Bridson