Hi, my name is Sarah Blunden and I am an accredited counsellor with the BACP. I provide counselling for adults and children and counselling supervision within the Stoke-on-Trent area. I work flexible hours and currently do not have a waiting list, so if you are wanting to start counselling now, we can agree on a date and time that suits you.
I chose to become a counsellor because I have had many personal life experiences that I feel helps me to empathise more with all I work with. Not that what I have experienced will have the same effect on me that it has on you. We're humans. We experience things differently. There is no right or wrong way with how we deal with the trauma or stresses we live with, but when it starts having a negative impact in our daily lives, that’s when we look for better ways to cope.
So why choose counselling?
Sometimes we get to a point in our lives where things happen or creep up and we literally do not know where to go, who to talk to and how we can make things better.It is a very big decision to start counselling. It is talking about things that make you feel sad, lonely, depressed, anxious, angry, confused etc. and sometimes its talking about things that seem that long ago, it is not worth dragging it back up again. When in reality, it has always been there affecting your life in some way, you might not have recognised it.
Counselling is a safe place where you can talk to someone who does not know you. This can make it easier because the counsellor has no emotional attachment to your life, and will not judge you or tell you how you should be living.
What I offer.
The counselling I provide can be both long term and short term.
My main counselling practice is Person Centred Therapy, which focusses more on how you feel. I do not offer advice or give diagnosis. I will support you in making your own decisions.
I do use various methods when I am counselling because I recognise sometimes people find it difficult to talk. It all depends on what works best for you, when we are working together. Some like to draw while talking, some like to write, some like to use objects to describe how they feel, others just like to talk. It is all about what makes you feel more comfortable.
I also provide counselling supervision to support other counselling practitioners who have a client caseload. I work from the seven eyed supervision model.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing.
Level 4 Certificate in EMDR Therapy
I am an accredited BACP member
I have been practicing as a Person Centred counsellor for over 10 years and my main line of counselling experience is volunteering at a local charity counselling anyone who has experienced rape and domestic violence, either past or present and historical abuse.
I currently work part time at a local charitable organisation.
I have over 10 years professional working practice in working in adult and young people mental health services, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, adult and young offenders, homelessness, rape and domestic violence and learning disabilities. And I have extensive knowledge of professional support services available should you wish to seek additional support.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I offer an initial brief phone call for free, so we can discuss what you want to achieve from counselling and ways we can work together, from there it will be £40.00 per 50 minute session for adults and children under 18 years of age.
I offer a rate of £35.00 per session for students (over 18) and OAPs.
For students studying a counselling course, where personal counselling is a requirement it will be £30.00 per session.
Each session is normally the same time each week, on a weekly basis, either short term or long term.
Couples counselling £50.00 per 50 minutes..
Supervision will cost £50.00 for 90 minutes. The student rate will be £40.00
Monday to Friday 9.00am-20.00pm. Saturdays 09.00am-15.00pm
I am only offering telephone and online support until further notice.
Online support is offered by Skype, Whatsapp, Google Duo, Zoom.
If you would like to start counselling straight away, I do not have a waiting list.
Thank you for taking the time at looking at my page.