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 different issues. We can work together to explore your difficulties and have space to better understand some of these issues.
As well as having a private practice, I work as a therapist an NHS primary care service. Previously I worked for a cancer charity, at the Tavistock Centre and for Raphael Jewish Counselling Service. I am BPC and BACP accredited.
I have experience of working with people struggling with relationship and family issues, abuse, depression, anxiety and bereavement. I have worked extensively with health issues, trauma and perinatal depression.
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
- perinatal depression
- 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.
If you would like more information or to arrange a meeting, please contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work as an NHS therapist. Previously I worked as a counsellor for 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 currently training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Couple Therapy for Depression.
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.
Accredited register membership
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
- Child related issues
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Perinatal and postnatal depression
- Health issues including diabetes, cancer and chronic pain
- Holocaust and trauma
- Fertility related
I am currently training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Couple Therapy for Depression.
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East Finchley: the fee is £50 per session. In some circumstances, concessions are available.
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|
I have both daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client