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Reg. UKCP, Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy
London SW1P & Pulborough RH20

About me

About me

My approach is grounded, warm and welcoming. I understand how daunting it can be to begin to share one's innermost thoughts and feelings.

I have over 20 years' experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in both short and long term therapy.   I offer a safe, empathic and confidential space to those wanting to make changes in their lives and who are looking for professional support in helping to bring this about.

How can psychotherapy help?

Psychotherapy can be helpful when facing the many challenges that life presents. These can be sudden - including loss of any kind, or natural life transitions. Either way, uncomfortable feelings can arise and therapy offers a space to look at the feelings and importantly, the opportunities that may present themselves through the particular issues being brought. Therapy can help to uncover hidden meaning and purpose and to affirm a person's strengths and qualities beginning to emerge.   

Approach to working together

I place great emphasis on understanding the client's point of view and to that end adapt my approach to each individual. My integrative training means that I can draw on a variety of therapeutic models. Our work together may include exploration of dreams, creative imagination, visualization, nature-based practices, listening to the body's wisdom, and the arts. There is no one-size-fits-all and regardless of the skills and training of the therapist, it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship and the ensuing collaboration that is at the heart of meaningful psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Introduction to Counselling -  Philippi Trust 2000
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB 2003
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education 2007
  • Diploma in Spiritual Accompaniment - The Norwich Centre 2009
  • Supervision training - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education 2013 
  • Certificate in Advanced Dreamwork - Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education 2015
  • Body Training/Healing of Trauma - Bessel Van der Kolk 2019
  • Soulcraft Intensive Training - Animas Valley 2020
  • Training in BodySoul Module 1 - Marion Dunlea 2021

Over the years, I have worked for various counselling charities as well as for Place2be which offers counselling to young children in schools.  I am an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I abide by the UKCP code of ethics and I am committed to my continuing professional development and attend regular clinical supervision.

I see clients in Central London close to Victoria Station, in West Sussex and online.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I enjoy working with people who are looking to reconnect with the outdoors and have led individuals and small groups in contemplative practices in woodlands in Kent, West Sussex and Somerset.

Fees

£80.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Please contact me by email and we can arrange a mutually convenient time to speak. There will be no charge for our initial session after which we can both decide whether or not we are comfortable to continue with further sessions.


When I work

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Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Sarah Ballingal

Sarah Ballingal