Sarah Blanchard Msc MBACP
Welcome to Sarah Blanchard Counselling and Psychotherapy in North London.
I am an experienced qualified psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered member with BACP, working in private practice in north London.
We all have times in our lives when we struggle with distressing feelings, difficulties or experiences.
At times when we feel so confused that we feel lost, and nothing seems clear, counselling and psychotherapy can offer a safe space, a time to feel really listened to, understood and accepted.
Exploring your feelings, hopes, fears, relationships and choices, will support you in coping with the events and issues in your life, and enable you to consider the options available for you.
Psychotherapy can be of help to you if you are finding it hard to recover from traumas, experiences from your past, recurrent difficulties such as relationship problems, depression, addictions, working life, anxieties and also if you wish to overcome certain recurrent patterns in your life.
Counselling and Psychotherapy works better when there is a relationship of trust established between counsellor and client
I seek to establish with every one of my clients, no matter their background problems or circumstances, a supportive and non-judgmental relationship.
.What clients have written:
“I started therapy because I felt stuck in both my career and personal life , as well dealing with anxiety. Working with Sarah for the last nine months has been extremely helpful. She has made me feel comfortable and safe making it easy for me to open up, helping me deal with my anxiety and problems preventing me from moving on. I am now moving forward into a new and exciting job and taking greater risks in my life. Therapy was specifically helpful making me aware of issues that I have overlooked and in offering me tools to address it in my day to day life. Sarah has guided me through this journey and helped me self-discover what is important to me in my life.”
“ When I was a little boy I was sexually abused by my father. It went on for seven years, until I was eleven. I was additionally abused by three other men, two of them teachers. I bottled all that up and carried on with my life. I never sought help because I thought it was OK, a survivor. But I carried a great deal of shame, guilt, anger, shyness and hatred of authority all my life. And sometimes it was very noticeable- caused me and others around me problems. Then a friend advised me to see a therapist. Whilst my partner had suggested for years, I had rejected the notion and associated therapy with weakness. Actually though, I was scared. I went to Sarah, pretty much at random, partly because she was not too far away from where I live. And I am very glad that it was her whom I chose. When I first saw her I cried. Gradually and gently she has helped me along a journey in which I have come to terms with some difficult issues. Sarah helped me tackle them. I can’t say it has been easy, but now I see that I had been walking around dragging a ball and chain of my life. I suppose you have to be ready for therapy, and I recommend Sarah when you are. I feel so much freer now. I am hardly shy anymore. I feel confident, creative and positive. Cannot thank Sarah enough.”
“I found Sarah just after losing my father and she helped me to process that and to find myself amidst the chaos that my life then seemed. Thanks to her, I learned how to understand who I am and better analyse how and whyI am making my decisions, leading me to enjoying what I want to enjoy in life in a very genuine way. Thanks Sarah !”
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained 5 years of training in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy.
I have a Master in psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck University.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I had years of experience working as a volunteer counsellor in Waterloo Community Counselling.
I have several years of social work experience in the UK and France in variety of settings with adults and children.
I can also provide counselling and psychotherapy in English and French.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each consultation is charged at £60.
Sessions last for 50 minutes, and we meet once a week.
I am offering 'open ended' therapy.