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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 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.
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
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 £50.00 per 50 minute session for adults and children under 18 years of age.
I offer a rate of £45.00 per session for students (over 18) and OAPs.
For students studying a counselling course, where personal counselling is a requirement it will be £35.00 per session.
Each session is normally the same time each week, on a weekly basis, either short term or long term.
Couples counselling £60.00 per 50 minutes..
Counselling supervision is £60.00 for 90 minutes, based on the BACP requirement of once, every 4 weeks.
The counselling student supervision price is £25.00 for 1 hour, based on the BACP requirement of 1 session every 2 weeks.
When I work
Monday to Friday 9.00am-20.00pm. Saturdays 09.00am-15.00pm
I can offer face to face appointments from October 2023.
I offer telephone and online appointments.
Online support is offered by Skype, Whatsapp, Google Duo, Zoom.
I also offer walk and talk appointments locally.
Thank you for taking the time at looking at my page.