Sara Harrington Registered MBACP
The person-centred counselling I can offer to a child or young person aims to help her/his personal, educational and social needs. I am specifically trained in working with children from 3 years up to the age of 18 years.
A key advantage of this type of counselling is its flexibility and focus on the whole individual that is tailored to each child’s needs. It is particularly useful with children and young people who are dealing with anxiety, fears, phobias, low feelings, trauma, loss and low self-esteem, helping to build resilience and confidence. Within the counselling relationship a child will have a special time just for them, a time to talk about life, about feelings and worries, a time to think about things and what happens in relationships around them. This space gives time for children to work through strong feelings and worries that can affect their behaviour.
I can work online with parental permission with children. Where possible I also specialise in using creative arts therapeutically to enable young people to deal with their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and make better sense of their world. Working together, children can find a path toward better well-being and the support to build their own confidence and resilience.
I work in private practise in Woodbridge, alongside counselling practise in schools.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Child Counselling Diploma from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in The Therapeutic Arts (UEL). I am a Registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I work from an integrative approach offering person-centred counselling and in practise use Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Therapy.
I attend regular supervision to adhere to the BACP's strict code of practise, have the Certificate in Counselling Skills and have up to date Safeguarding and Child Protection training.
I have an enhanced DBS check and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 for client sessions which are 50 mins. Payment of a session will be required before sessions commence and when cancellation is less than 24 hours before the booked time.
I recommend an initial parent only phone session where together we discuss what is going on for your child at the moment and this is £40 payable before the assessment. If you wish to proceed, counselling sessions will be weekly.
It is usual to commit to at least 6 sessions and can be longer as required, as it is beneficial to work towards a planned ending. We will enter a therapy contract so our arrangements and the content of sessions are clearly understood. All sessions remain confidential and parents must not be in counselling sessions. Parents will be contacted if there is a concern relating to a safeguarding issue.