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About me

* Special Note: I am available to take on new online clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Current clients say that online counselling is working well for them.

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, with a private practice in Battersea, and am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

There are times in life when we all need support. By creating a safe, empathic environment I can work with you to process tough emotions and come to terms with them. Normalising difficult feelings and finding healthy ways to express them is particularly beneficial for building resilience and moving forward.

Therapy sessions are confidential. This means that you can talk about things you might not feel able to discuss with anyone else, in a safe environment, knowing you will not be judged. As your therapist, I will aim to help you find better ways to cope and bring about changes to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.

As an integrative therapist, I use different techniques from a range of therapeutic models to suit each client and their individual circumstances. This model allows me to respond to you in a way that will best fit your needs and empower you to process even the most challenging emotions. Listening to your questions and beliefs about counselling at the outset is crucial as it will enable us to form a trusting relationship which forms the basis for positive therapeutic work.

Areas I can help with include anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, feeling sad, panic attacks, low self-esteem, and family issues. I am an experienced bereavement counsellor and worked for a number of years supporting bereaved family members, of all ages, in a hospice setting.

I have extensive experience supporting children and young people with a wide range of issues like depression, anxiety, bereavement and loneliness that can arise for many reasons including family separation, emotional neglect and abuse, domestic violence, and the loss of a loved one. I worked as a counsellor in a primary school for a number of years and now see children in private practice.

I also work with clients who use the 12 step recovery programmes to address addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, eating disorders, and other related issues.

How to get started with counselling

  • Send me an email letting me know about you
  • Have an initial online or telephone assessment
  • If you decide we are a good fit, we can agree dates and times
  • Sessions are generally weekly and last 50 minutes
  • Each session is £60

If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions you wish to discuss please contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training involved three years of academic and clinical study as well as my own personal therapy. My diploma was gained at the Mary Ward Centre and is a BACP accredited qualification. I continue to adhere to the BACP ethical guidelines as a part of my practice.

I have 15 years of experience of working within health and wellbeing settings and am a qualified life coach.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £60.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Battersea
London
SW11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Appointments available daytime and evening Monday - Friday. Some availability on Saturdays.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families

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Sarah Bernard (PgDip, MBACP)

Sarah Bernard (PgDip, MBACP)