Sarah Aldridge MBACP (Accred)
Hello, I am an experienced Counsellor with a practice in East Finchley, N2. I work with people experiencing a range of difficult issues. We can work together to explore your difficulties and to have space to help us understand what is going on for you at present.
I offer a space to be understood and explore aspects of yourself with a view to gaining insights and understanding, and focus on being less stuck by bringing about internal change. People come when they are struggling with relationship and family issues, abuse, depression, anxiety, health issues and bereavement. It can be helpful to you if you are struggling with stress at work, or difficulties getting on with family members.
My experience is gained from NHS services, the voluntary sector and working in specialist services for health anxiety and cancer. I also offer Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and am currently training in Couple Therapy for Depression. I am BPC and BACP accredited.
I offer brief and open ended work, this is something we can think about in the first session. You can get in touch or arrange a meeting to see if this will be helpful for you at this time.
How can counselling help?
Talking to a therapist in a safe, confidential space can allow problems to be thought about differently and begin to be resolved.
If you are struggling with something specific such as anxiety or relationship problems, or just feeling stuck or that things are overwhelming, it can be beneficial to have a therapist to explore and consider issues together. Some of the areas I work with include:
- divorce and separation
- low self-esteem
- work and career problems
- anxiety and depression
- bereavement and loss
- family and relationships issues
- abuse - physical and sexual
- ageing and midlife issues
- health issues, cancer and diabetes
What should I expect in my first session?
Therapy provides an opportunity for you to express thoughts and feelings about your difficulties in a confidential, consistent and safe place, and to think together about these issues.
The first meeting is an assessment so that we can both think about if counselling is what you are looking for at this time, and to think about if we want to work together.
I offer both fixed term and open-ended therapy, we can discuss which option will suit you best when we first meet. Sessions following on from this last for 50 minutes, and I have availability in the day and evening.
About my approach:
Psychodynamic therapy aims to work on quite deeply held or less conscious patterns and thoughts. We work together to make them more conscious and so there is more understanding of why things keep happening or patterns are repeated. This does allow an opportunity to think about difficulties that might have been around for a long time but still have an impact today.
That said, these are your sessions to bring what you want to talk about and there is no pre-set agenda.
I also offer DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) - a sixteen session model.
If you would like more information or to arrange a meeting, please contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in private practice for 8 years and also work as an NHS therapist. Previously I worked as a therapist for the Tavistock Centre, a cancer charity and for Raphael Jewish Counselling. I have also worked for SANE, the mental health charity.
I have a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from MHCPC and am also trained in Brief Dynamic Therapy. I am an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Practitioner and am currently training in Couple Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relationships).
I am a registered member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council www.bpc.org.uk) and an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling www.bacp.co.uk). I follow both their ethical codes in relation to clinical practice and supervision.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Midlife and menopause
- Perinatal and postnatal depression
- Health issues including diabetes, cancer and chronic pain
- Holocaust and trauma
- Fertility related
I am currently training in Couple Therapy for Depression.
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The fee is £55 per session although I can offer concessions in some circumstances
DIT is £65 per session
East Finchley, N2: The practice is easily accessible in East Finchley with free parking (on and off road). There is a tube station 8 minutes walk away and many bus routes. Clients travel from all areas of north London including Barnet, Edgware, Archway, Wood Green, and further afield.
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Before and after work, and daytime appointments available.
Types of client