Sara Kirkpatrick, Humanistic Counsellor, PG Dip, MBACP
Hello, and welcome to my page. You may be reading this because you are struggling with feelings, thoughts or behaviour patterns that make living your life seem hard.
You may be trying to cope with the effects of negative thoughts, anxiety and loneliness, depression, low self-esteem or shame. You may not recognise yourself in your feelings of anger or stress. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with emotions following a bereavement or relationship issues, or numb to the joys and excitement of life.
It could also be that you don’t know why you feel like this, or have a sense of being out of step with the world. You want to feel better.
At times like these it can be difficult to find perspective on what needs to change for you to feel the way you want to feel within yourself, about your relationships or in working life.
How counselling can help
It can be helpful to talk to someone who is not already involved in your life, in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space.
As a trained counsellor I can help you explore what’s happening, notice your patterns and gain new insight on the connections between your experiences and the way you feel and act. This understanding can open new possibilities for change, offer up new choices and get you unstuck.
Counselling with me
A recent client said:
“Sara created a safe space within which I could explore events from the whole of my life which had remained unprocessed. Having talked through those events, with Sara’s help, I was able to put in place a number of mechanisms to look after my mental health in the future. If I find myself in a position where I need help processing life events again I would return to Sara without hesitation.”
As a qualified counsellor practising humanistic therapy, I believe we all have the capacity for change, and that we are all unique individuals who respond to our circumstances in life differently. This means there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. I will work alongside you to find the right approach to meet your needs.
I have particular experience working with bereavement, low self-esteem and ‘inner critic’, anger, anxiety and panic, and childhood neglect / abuse.
I understand that making the decision to come to counselling can be a big step, and there are many therapists to choose from. That is why I offer a free introductory appointment so we can meet and talk about what you need from your sessions, and how I could help you.
Contact me by email or phone if you would like to know more. Our initial meeting is free. Further sessions cost £35-£45 for 50 minutes, depending on income. I may be able to offer limited spaces on reduced rates if you are on low income, so if you have any questions about fees, or anything else, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified, BACP registered counsellor offering individual therapy. I hold a post-graduate diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton. In addition to private practice I also work for a local community based counselling service that specialises in depression, stress and anxiety.
My particular areas of experience include:
- critical and negative thoughts
- bereavement / loss
- anxiety and panic
- low self esteem
- childhood neglect
- relationship issues
- postnatal depression
- infertility / childlessness
Before working as a counsellor I worked for several years in support services including mental health peer support, women's services, and with people with Asperger's / autism.
I am committed to my Continuous Professional Development, including training courses, workshops and on-going supervision. This is in keeping with the BACP Ethical Framework.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial session to find out more and to see how we could work together.
Further sessions cost £35-£45 for 50 minutes, depending on income. I may be able to offer limited spaces on reduced rates if you are on a low income, so please ask.