Sara Thorne MNCS Accred.
Mary Carpenter House
Choosing the right counsellor is an important decision. It's essential to find someone with whom you feel you can connect; who makes you feel safe, comfortable, and has the skills, understanding and experience to help you get the best from your sessions.
I believe that we all have the life answers we need inside ourselves, but that for many of us it’s hard to discover our own inner guidance when we’re struggling with life changing events, relationship problems, depression and anxiety, or painful memories that remain unresolved.
I also feel that making the decision to seek help can be an important turning point, as it’s a way of acknowledging that you matter, and that you are willing to explore the possibility that life can be better than it is now.
Face to Face or Email Sessions
I offer both face to face sessions where you come to see me in person, 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a BACP accredited course, and I'm registered with the National Counselling Society who are accredited by the professional standards authority. 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.
In addition to my private practice, I also work at Kinergy, which is a Bristol charity offering long term counselling to adults who have experienced 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!
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 issues
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.
£40 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.
- £35 for email sessions
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.
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Types of client