About me

As an Integrative Counsellor, I work with different theories including Relational, Humanistic, TA, Psychodynamic and Gestalt. The core of my work is the relationship we develop between us as it is an essential part of growth and change and this will be the start of our work, building a relationship where you can feel safe, be seen, be heard, be accepted and be understood.

Our past impacts both our present and our future so together we will explore yours to better understand it's impact upon you. This will enable you to not only have a better understanding and acceptance of self but to live with your past and not be governed by it. We will work at your pace, exploring what you need to explore whilst challenging thoughts and behaviours. I am empathic, seeing the world through your eyes to better understand what it is to be you. I am also a lover of nature and work within the natural environment sometimes integrating it into our work.

I currently offer three ways of working together: THE GARDEN ROOM, Sparham - Based in our garden, The Garden Room is a comfortable and calming space surrounded by the relaxing sights and sounds of nature which can allow stress and anxiety to dissipate. This can enable our relationship to develop and deepen, a crucial part of our work together. WALK AND TALK - Excercise releases endorphins and being outdoors is a natural de-stressor so this form of therapy can be incredibly beneficial. We can walk around the village of Sparham  (a very gentle walk), Foxley Woods (with the exception of Thursdays) or Sparham Pools (this one requires a good level of fitness). Suitable attire will be required as the Walk and Talk takes place whatever the weather unless it is extreme. ZOOM - Some people feel safer working on-line, particularly during the pandemic, but also the screen can offer a barrier which can lessen anxiety and help calm you.

You can contact me via email or telephone; if I am unavailable, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can. Please note, I do not always check my messages at the weekend. We will initially have a 20 minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs and expectations and how we can work together. If we are both happy to proceed, we will arrange our first session; (if you are wishing to proceed with the Walk and Talk sessions, our first session will take place via zoom. Sessions are usually weekly to develop the relationship but can become fortnightly.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling
- Middlesex University

Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- City College Peterborough

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- City College Peterborough

Awareness in Bereavement Care: A Foundation Course

- Cruse Bereavement Care

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Walk and Talk Therapy

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and cost £40 during the hours of 9am-5pm.
I also offer limited evening sessions from 5pm to 8pm which cost £50.
I have limited concessional prices for students and members of the farming community. Please contact me for further details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can see clients during the day and selected evenings either at my home in our Garden Room, on Zoom or Walk and Talk in Sparham and the surrounding area.

1 Main Road
Sparham
Norwich
NR9 5QU

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker