Sara Pietrafesa Dip.Couns. Registered Member MBACP
Hello my name is Sara and I offer you a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental relationship to help you feel safe enough to embark on the courageous journey of therapy.
I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor, offering time and a confidential, safe space where you can begin to explore any issues which may be concerning you.
Counselling is about helping you make sense of your thoughts and feelings, so that you can then make decisions about what, if any changes you wish to make in your life. I believe that each person is the expert on themselves and I am there to support and help people to find their own way forward at their own pace.
You may understand where your problems lie, or it may not be so clear, but you do know that you feel unable to cope as usual with everyday life. I am aware that, at first, you might feel anxious or vulnerable about sharing personal aspects of your life with me. My commitment is to offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, where you can feel free to explore your experience of life and express your thoughts and feelings about the difficulties you are facing
Counselling is not a magic cure, but at times it can be difficult to talk to family and friends about how we are feeling, sometimes it can help to talk to someone neutral who is trained to listen with warmth and kindness and accept us for who we are. It is not about finding solutions, but more like untangling a knot: if you find the right ends and tug at them gently, things can start to feel better. Counselling can help to improve self-esteem and self-confidence or provide much needed support following a Bereavement, Divorce, Relationship difficulties, Illness or Redundancy.
I work from pleasant premises in Solihull offering daytime and evening appointments. My premises have car parking and I do try to accommodate clients with disabilities.
In addition to my private work, I have worked as a Counsellor in a large GP practise, as a specialist Bereavement Counsellor for Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service attached to Solihull Hospital, as a Trauma Counsellor for a large Crisis Management Organisation and as a workplace counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation In Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling
Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Personal Coaching
- Award in Education and Training
- Training courses delivered in:
- - Mental Health First Aid
- - Stress and mental health
- - Developing resilience
- - working with bereaved children
- Specialist Training completed in:
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Anxiety and Depression
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
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
Fees: £40.00 per session
April 2020 - I am currently offering concessionary rates for key workers
I am a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics