Sarah Armstrong Reg. MBACP (Accred)
I know from my own experiences as a client just how helpful it can be to talk through painful issues within the boundaries of a safe, confidential and non-judgmental relationship. Whatever you bring to this relationship, whether it is an issue of long standing or a particular problem of the moment, counselling can help you to make sense of what you are experiencing, bring about the changes you want, and move forward in life.
My way of working is based on the person-centred philosophy that we are all designed to carry on growing and developing throughout life, and as an integrative counsellor I draw on techniques from a variety of different therapeutic models, depending on what I feel will be most helpful to you.
I have a particular interest in the use of expressive arts within counselling. As part of our work together I may invite you to explore an issue using a combination of art materials, movement or writing. As with anything else I may suggest, you are free to say if you would rather not do this. If you would like to find out more about the person-centred art therapy skills that I use with adults, there is a link at the bottom of this page to a short article which you might find helpful.
Before training as a counsellor I taught at secondary level and in further education. As well as counselling, I work as a student mentor at the University of Sheffield. I have experience of working in a play therapy setting with children as young as six years old. In my private practice I am able to offer counselling to children from around age ten.
I see my counselling clients at Greystones Medical Centre, which is close to Ecclesall Road in the Hunter's Bar/Banner Cross area of Sheffield. Parking is available on nearby streets, and there is disabled access to the building.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip HE Counselling (Sheffield Hallam University, 2009)
Reg. MBACP (Accred)
Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
Certificate in Fundamentals of Couple Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (Temenos, Sheffield)
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues. If I feel that I am not the best person to help you, I will signpost you to someone who is more able to address your needs.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial appointment of up to one hour, free of charge. After that, if you decide to continue, my fees are on a sliding scale from £30 to £50 per hour depending on your circumstances. We will discuss this at our first meeting, and I may be able to offer reduced rates if you are on low income.