Sara Hitchens MBACP Senior Accredited
I am an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist, with Senior Accreditation from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and working to standards specified by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I work with adults (including young adults in higher education) as well as with couples, for short-term or long-term therapy as agreed. I also work using Skype and other online technologies.
My training is integrative which means that I have been trained in a number of different psychological approaches: Person-centred, Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis. And that I combine these approaches in a way that I think will work best for each individual client.
Most of us need help at some time in our lives. It may be help to cope with a significant change in our lives; whether that's the result of the end of a relationship, bereavement, moving overseas, coping with illness, or any of the other life events to which we are all vulnerable. Or it may be to think carefully about our lives and the kind of future we'd like.
Talking to a counsellor is a form of self-help. It requires courage to take the initiative to find a counsellor who can support you to work through issues in your life. It's important that the counsellor you choose is someone with whom you feel comfortable and who works in a way that suits you. That's the reason I suggest that the first session is exploratory with no obligation to continue. It gives you an opportunity to get to know me a little and to ask questions, and allows me to check that I have the skills to match your needs.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or to book a first exploratory session. I am recognised by BUPA, AXA PPP and Aviva.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from CPPD (UK), a training institution accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition to this 3-year training, I I have done additional trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (at the Awareness Centre in London) and in Bereavement Counselling (with the South London Association of Bereavement Services).
I have a Private Practice in Oxford, as well as working for the Oxford University Counselling Service.
From 2012-16, I was in Private Practice in Tokyo; and an EAP provider of mental health services to Peacemind JEAP and Workplace Options. I also provided counselling services to the British School and the International School of the Sacred Heart.
Before that I worked (in the UK) for the Orpington and Farnborough Counselling Service, offering time-limited therapy to a range of National Health Service clients referred by their GPs. I also worked for Lewisham Bereavement Counselling; and with young people in a range of London schools.
I have given workshops on a variety of psychological issues to counsellors, business people, university students, teachers and pupils.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£60 for individuals (for a 50 minute session)
£90 for couples (for a 75 minute session)
I offer a limited number of reduced fee places for those on a low income or in financial difficulties. Please feel free to phone and discuss.
For more information, please see my website: sarahitchens.counselling.co.uk