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About me

Hello I'm Sara! A Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotist at Love2Live Therapies and my aim is to help and support you with your aim.

I offer two types of therapy:

  1. Person Centred Counselling - a 'being' therapy
  2. Hypnotherapy - both 'being' and 'doing' therapy

Counselling - a 'being' therapy 

My aim as a therapist is to be with you and to offer you a time and a safe place where you can explore issues which may feel too worrying or confusing to explore alone.

Counselling offers an opportunity for you to gain understanding about yourself and your situation in a confidential, safe, comfortable, calm environment and in a way that is useful to you.

Together we will work towards the aim you have set for therapy, I will support you as a qualified ethical professional towards achieving the aim you have identified.

Person Centred counselling is a humanistic therapy. We are all humans but are all individuals with different needs.

Not one style of counselling will suit everybody; do you learn through talking or creating hands on? Or do you learn best watching and learning from examples? It's important to work in a way that is best suited to you to ensure you get the most out of your therapy sessions.

I work in a multi sensory way as this is impactful for therapeutic change and a very supportive way of working. It will give you the tools you can use in daily life to soothe and motivate depending on the aims you have set for yourself. It really makes a difference to how you live your life, how you feel and how you respond,  it also helps boost your resilience to life's challenges . My clients have said they find this an effective and impactful approach to help and support them in getting to where they want to be.

Talking and listening  - Sharing your story is an important part of the therapy but we can do this in different ways:

  • CBT style including worksheets, questionnaires & techniques
  • Nature therapy - using natural elements of nature eg stones, trees to inspire, relax and reflect.

Walk and Talk - socially distanced at this time

I have a love for nature; it is so healing and it is all around us when we take time to connect with it. If you would like a socially distanced walk and talk session we can arrange to meet outdoors or we can work with Nature Therapy online or on the phone. It's a wonderfully accessible and healing way in which to work.

The benefits of adding a bit of Hypnotherapy...

  • whole body relaxation
  • pain relief,
  • phobias, and addictions,
  • fears and also
  • confidence boosting techniques
  • personal awareness
  • grief work
  • journeying
  • immune boosting to fight illness
  • problem solving
  • creative solutions
  • anxiety reduction

Over time I have come to see the benefits that this type of work offers to my clients,  and how they really value this helpful way of working alongside the counselling support. It can really speed up the counselling process and can offer real ease when you feel vulnerable and worn out from whatever is on your mind right now.

How might I help you? 

You are very welcome to contact me for a 30 minute phone session or zoom chat, it gives you an opportunity to ask me any questions you might have.

I do hope I've given you enough information but if you need any more please feel free to get to simply take advantage of the free get to know you session - that's what its there for!

I wish you well, maybe see you soon and take care.
Sara.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience - here's a snapshot

I have worked as a teacher (HLTA) in a number of primary schools teaching across all subjects and in particular social and emotional development (SEAL). I have supported children with SENS including those on the autistic spectrum in schools and also in therapy.

I have worked extensively with domestic violence, both victims and perpetrators, anger management and childhood sexual abuse.  I work with clients suffering from the after effects of impactful belief systems in childhood. I also work with the intense issue of  shame.  I have extensive experience with those displaced through war and refugee journeys. Relationship difficulties and family dynamics.

These are some of the key areas in which I have extensive experience but as an experienced counsellor working with social and emotional needs for over 20 years there are many life issues which have resolved in my counselling practice.

I'm also currently working for MHA in a voluntary capacity with those who are isolated and vulnerable.

Qualifications

  • Counselling Psychology MSc, PG Dip, Cert. Keele University
  • Clinical Hypnosis Ad Dip Hyp, Dip Hyp Staffordshire University
  • HLTA (Primary) Manchester University
  • Early Years Care and Education (NVQ III) NCFE
  • Play work Foundation NCFE
  • Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Introduction to Shamanism  - The Three Ravens College

2020 Continued Professional Development

Covid 19 Bereavement & Loss Training- focusing specifically on this very particular time of loss and how practitioners can best support bereaved clients during this time under these most difficult circumstances.

  • Covid 19 RSM Lectures
  • Supervision workshops
  • Dream workshops
  • Working with Young People Online
  • Working with Autism in therapy
  • Understanding Compulsive Hoarding
  • Gender Identity
  • The Polyvagel Theory in Therapy
  • Personality Disorder Workshops

Further training 2020/21

  • Creative supervision - accredited training NCS
  • Shamanism in Psychotherapy The Three Ravens College

Upcoming presentations and lectures 2020

  • BSCAH Webinar on Anxiety Nov 2020
  • I shall be demonstrating a focussed breathing technique and a hypnotherapy safe space technique.

Lecture for BSCAH Online Foundation Training

  • Hypnotic and therapeutic techniques to support Sexually Traumatised Clients Dec 2020

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

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Fees

From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Free 30 minute Get to Know you Session phone call or zoom/doxy

Fees for Counselling, Creative Counselling or Hypnotherapy are all the same hourly fee except sometimes in creative therapy ie silversmithing there are additional charges for materials.

I offer a reduced rate for concessions from £30 - £44 together we agree the fee you can honestly afford to pay.  Please contact me for further details.

I now also offer the option of booking a 1.5hour counselling session. Clients have told me this is a helpful option particularly when they want to fast track the counselling.

Supervision Fees - clinical or humanistic 

using both The seven eyed model  and  Creative Supervision interventions where helpful. 

£45 -  60 minutes

£50 -  90 minutes

£60  -  2 hour session

Concessions for students in training.

Key worker counselling £25 per hour for up to 8 sessions (see below for details) this offer will be available until the end of June

During this time I offer Key worker Counselling at £25 per 1 hour session for up to 8 sessions, this is part of the National Counselling Society Key worker Counselling Charitable Scheme. Evidence that you are a key worker will be required as part of the scheme requirements. Please contact me for further details.

Availability

9.30am- 9pm Monday - Friday

Occasional weekend availability

Further information

I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and follow their ethical framework.

I am a member of the British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis, for whom I deliver workshops and lectures. I adhere to their ethical framework.

  • I am a member of the National Counselling Society Key workers scheme
  • And BSCAH NHS support scheme

These schemes have their own regulations for further details please contact me or the relevant organisation directly.

Outside of lockdown I run creative workshops from home open to all for enjoyment and personal growth in a safe confidential happy environment. These are priced individually depending on the materials we use ie silver smithing materials cost more than card making materials.

  • Eg -£25 per half day per person screen printing for positivity.
  • £60 per person per half day silver creations with love.

I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office

I have a current DBS check and I'm insured

Other ways of working:

Visualisation - using a relaxing, pleasant relaxation to explore your life issues in a symbolic way, if you choose we can include ego strengthening to help you feel stronger and better about life. I am trained to work in this way, its a powerful way to make life changes, this can be a one off session or a 6 - 8 session course or longer if you prefer, afterwards we use simple sketches and work with your imagination to gain understanding so that you can move forward in your life in a way that is useful to you.

Shamanic Psychotherapy - enjoyable visualisations and creative exercises to develop your self awareness and connectedness with the world/universal general wellbeing skills and strengths building your inner strength and self awareness for a more balanced you. I am currently extending my training in this field of psychotherapy.

Creative Therapy - this is really useful when words are too painful to express. It's a great way to work with very difficult and painful emotions. Don't just think of painting weird pictures (though some of my pictures are weird) there are so many different ways of working if you are interested and open to the process it's a very powerful way to gain understanding and make change. These can be one off sessions, or you might have a session, reflect, book another session when you are ready, reflect - gently paced powerful therapy.

Stoke On Trent
Staffordshire
ST12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There are two steps up to my front door. We can book an upstairs appointment counselling or craft room or a downstairs- kitchen counselling or kitchen wellbeing workshop. Home visits are possible with proof of disability.

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have an Accredited (NCS) Diploma in Creative Supervision and can offer both Clinical and Humanistic Supervision. I am trained in the 7 eyed model.

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Sara Llewellyn MSc PG Dip NSC Accredited

Sara Llewellyn MSc PG Dip NSC Accredited