Sara Thorne MNCS Prof Accred.
I'm a warm and friendly counsellor with a relational approach to my work. I believe that if we can build the kind of relationship where you feel safe, respected and truly valued as a human being, then this will create a strong framework within which you can explore whatever is feeling difficult. My style is relaxed and conversational because I understand how difficult it can be to open up to someone you've only just met.
I am interested in who you are, and believe that you already hold the answers that you need inside of you, and counselling can be a way for you to rediscover what is already there. Seeking help can be a turning point, as it’s a way of acknowledging that you matter, and that you're willing to explore the possibility that life can be better than it is now.
Face to Face, Video or Email Sessions
I offer both face to face sessions where you come to see me in person, Video sessions or counselling by email for people who prefer to access a slower paced approach from the comfort of home. You can find all the details of how this works by following the link to my website at the top of the page.
At present I am only able to offer video or email sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a BACP accredited course, and I'm a registered, professionally accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I've previously worked in the NHS, both as a midwife, and in public health as a stop smoking specialist advisor; I've also been a holistic therapist.
I've had several years experience of working for a charity offering counselling to adult survivors of sexual abuse.
I’ve lived in America and the UK where I've supported families through the birth process and early child raising. I've also overcome many personal life challenges which I feel help me understand and connect with lots of different people and situations. I'm the mother of a large, grown up family, and currently live in Bristol.
Although I'm trained as an integrative therapist - which means that I will choose different ways of working depending on what's right for you; I like to call myself a relational therapist because I believe that, firstly, it's the warm and trusting relationship we develop that helps bring about positive change.
I work with whatever is meaningful for you, which might include your spiritual or personal beliefs, creative writing, dream work and imagery. I also feel that humour and the ability to sometimes laugh with one another can be helpful!
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a former midwife. I have an interest in working with women and sometimes partners who have been traumatised by the birth process. Birth trauma is not uncommon, but sadly new parents often find it difficult to talk about as there's a false expectation that having a new baby should bring nothing but joy. Exhaustion, and upsetting memories about the birth can lead to postnatal depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I offer you an experienced and gentle approach to help you explore and resolve what is troubling you.
£45 per 60 minute session
£10 for an introductory session which allows us to meet and have an opportunity to see whether working together feels right.
- £30 per week for email counselling
You can find full details on my website sarathorne.com also listed at the top of the page. I am very happy for you to contact me with any further questions, or for an informal chat about what you feel you need.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
I usually work in an upstairs room, but may be able to negotiate a ground floor room if you're unable to access stairs.
Types of client