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 and Knowle, offering daytime and evening appointments. Both premises have access to 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 Behaviour Therapy
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Personal Coaching
Specialist Training completed in:
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-Anxiety and Depression
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Fees: £35 per session
I am a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|