Sara O'Donnell - Wateringbury Counselling Practice
Lodge Cottage 283 Tonbridge Road
Hi I'm Sara O’Donnell,
I am a trained Psychotherapeutic counsellor based just outside West Malling in Kent. I’m a member and listed on the accredited register of the National Counselling Society who abides by the code of ethics in my industry. My course is also accredited by AIM Awards and the Royal College of Nursing. I genuinely care about my clients and treat each person who walks through my door as an individual and never impose a “one treatment fits all” approach. You are a unique individual and my commitment is to listen to your challenges, however big or small, and then treat accordingly.
I offer counselling therapy to support you in times of difficulty. I treat everyone who comes to me in the utmost confidence. With trust, empathy and gentle understanding, my aim is to help you release and work out the issues, which are affecting your health, your relationships, your work and your quality of life.
Counselling gives you the chance to find and explore your problem with an experienced therapist. It’s ideally suited for someone who wants to understand both themselves and the issues that most affect them in a safe, supportive and healing environment. When we have this space to explore ourselves with another human being in a confidential safe environment, we feel understood and heard and we can then begin to make sense of our problems and past, and begin to heal.
Counselling offers insight into difficulties that may have arisen from the past and it recognises how these difficulties may still affect you in the here and now. The main focus of counselling is on changing your negative thoughts and behaviours into more positive ones. The way I work allows you to feel both accepted and heard and is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself, to understand your feelings and express your deepest worries in a confidential safe setting.
If you are unsure whether counselling is right for you, or you want to know more please feel free to contact me today on 01622-230367 to book for your free 30 minute no obligation consultation. Please note: Prior to any therapy taking place I invite you to a free no obligation assessment so that we can meet face to face and you can get all your questions answered. And I can ascertain that counselling is the best course of therapy for you and your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in hypnotherapy in 2015 gaining my diploma and then I did a further 2 years Diploma in level 4 Psychotherapeutic Advanced Professional Counselling.
2015 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills Dip Hyp C.
2016 Diploma in Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
2017 Diploma in Level 4 Advanced Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
1996 Counselling Certification West Kent College.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
All sessions are 50 minutes and can be purchased online via The Therapy Cabin website for ease and cash and card payments are also available to you.
Counselling 1 Individual £50
Counselling 6 Sessions (paid in full discounted £20) £280
Half Price concessions are available, terms apply. To be discussed at your consultation with Sara
Why Might I Need Counselling?
A lot of people carry deep hurts and unhealthy emotions from the past that can have a hugely detrimental affect on our current day behaviour, our relationships and our life in general. These hurts could include traumas, bereavement, loss, the breakdown of a relationship, abuse etc. These hurts could go back as far as childhood. But whenever and however the hurt happened, the result is often the same - unhealthy coping strategies as a way of dealing with our unmet emotional needs. More often than not, these defence mechanisms or coping strategies have kept you in the same repetitive cycle, maybe even for years.
You might find you:
Have an issue from the past which is interfering and impacting on your present day life
Have something which has been troubling you for a long period of time which you can’t solve by yourself
Are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed
Are finding it hard to talk to friends or relatives about your issues and they just don’t get you
Are aware that your relationships and work are being affected but don’t know what to do about it, or how to change things.
During counselling I help you explore and identify your needs, your boundaries and where appropriate, give you more helpful coping skills. Think of this as a set of tools to help understand yourself, your feelings and needs, which in turn sheds light on why you do the things you do – even if they are self-destructive. In short, I help you make sense and understand your behaviour and then give you a healthier way of living. In a way, counselling offers you a way back to you – by helping you recognise and accept your own internal worth.
Sadly, when we don’t acknowledge our own internal worth, nor understand our inner feelings or needs then we tend to come from a place of overwhelm or confusion. We are that person who is intent on pleasing everyone else but ourselves. Just carrying the weight of this baggage around within us is hugely unhealthy and stressful to our being. Often it will impact on your relationships, your health, and career. It is at this crisis point, the recognition that the way you are living is counter-productive to a healthy, happy meaningful life, that many people turn to counselling for help.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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