Sara von Sommaruga Counsellor (Children,Teens,Families) MSc, BACP Accredited
Want to be a happier and closer family? Explore difficulties and improve communication?
We all experience difficult times in our lives and struggle to cope on our own. During these times we could benefit from talking to a counsellor.
I have fifteen years experience working as a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor. Over the last 10 years I have built up two private counselling practices in East Grinstead.
I work with children, adolescents and young adults, aged from 8-26. I provide both long term and short term therapy with individuals and their families.
For over thirteen years I worked in local secondary schools setting up and providing counselling to students and supporting staff. During this time I built successful working relationships with local Doctors, CAHMS and young people’s services.
In addition to my MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling for Children and Adolescents I have a Diploma in Group Supervision and have continued to engage in regular training and other developmental activities.
I am an Associate Lecturer at London University, teaching on the MSc Psychodynamic Counselling for Adults. I also provide supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors.
I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical codes and practices. I am up to date with Safeguard training.
What I offer:
Group Counselling/workshops (I am currently putting a group together for teenagers, so if you are interested please let me know)
Mediation between parent/s and child
Short and long term counselling
Individual and group supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors
''Sara is really nice and easy to talk to. Some of the stuff that we talked about was hard but Sara was easy to talk to and very gentle''. Young Person
''Sitting here now, months down the line, I have my child back. They are happier and their old selves, laughing and smiling. My relationship with them is back to how it was and we owe it all to Sara. I will never forget what Sara has done for my family and we would recommend her to any of my friends and family who need help''. Parent
I would be very happy to have a no-obligation chat about any worries or concerns that you might have about your child and to discuss how I could help. Why not give me a ring and ask any questions that you might have about your child attending counselling.
Together we will explore and resolve difficulties and find a way forward
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling for Children and Adolescents,University of London
- Diploma in Group Supervision, London Institute of Group Anaysis
- Specialises in working with children and teenagers
- Fifteen years experience counselling young people in different settings
- Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- Completed foundation course in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London
- Qualified as Suzuki flute teacher with American Suzuki Institute
- BA in Fine Arts, Auckland University, New Zealand
- Continued professional
Child Protection Training
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
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Free Initial phone consultation to discuss your family/child
Individual: £50-£60 negotiable
Support Group for Parents/Carers: price negotiable
Parent/parent couple/families: £70-£100
Individual - £50
Group - £35
Trainee Counsellor - Reduced rate
Appointments are usually held weekly at a regular time which is convenient to you.
I hold DBS Enhanced Disclosure to work with children and young people
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please feel welcome to ring me anytime, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Types of client