Dr Sara Dowsett - Counselling Psychologist
Therapy is an opportunity for change and a means of structured support at times of difficulty within your life.
I can work alongside you to explore your concerns and provide an insight into your past, current and desired emotional wellbeing. Talking through your personal issues with someone who plays no other role in your life can provide clarity and offer a welcomed sense of relief.
The two main models of therapy I use are:
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Underpinning these approaches to therapy is a continued focus on how you relate with others. Working relationally means I can work with you to identify your established patterns of relating with others and use the therapeutic relationship as a template for understanding this further.
I work from the Coastal Practice in Hengistbury Head, a peaceful and professional practice near to the beach. It has four welcoming therapy rooms and is a pleasant environment for therapy to take place (photos of the practice can be found below).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have recently completed my Doctoral training in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England (UWE) and will have my final viva examination in September 2019. Upon qualifying my title will change to Counselling Psychologist and I will register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Degree
Masters (MSc) Clinical Psychology Degree
BSc Psychology, First Class Honours Degree
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Engagement in regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I have engaged in nine years of education within the psychology and therapy field including three university degrees in psychology and practitioner training. In addition, I have worked in various roles as a therapist over the past ten years. These roles included working at an addiction rehabilitation unit, for child protection services, for the local authority, the NHS, as a secondary school therapist and at two local universities as a student therapist. Furthermore, I have worked as an assistant psychologist at a neurological rehabilitation centre carrying out neurological psychometric cognitive assessments and administering individual rehabilitation plans for clients following traumatic brain injury. The role also included supporting client family members and offering weekly group therapy to staff working at the centre.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
I charge £70 per 50 minute session.
This payment can either be paid online via a BACS payment or in cash. A receipt of payment will be issued to you at the end of each session.
Client and therapist compatibility is key to the success of therapy. I therefore offer an initial telephone call before an assessment session is booked in. The aim of this initial phone call is to provide us with the opportunity to talk briefly about what you would like to get from therapy and for you to ask me any questions that you may have regarding the therapeutic process.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|