Sarah Blunden. Dip. BACP Accredited Person Centred Counsellor / Supervisor
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. It is your counselling, you decide.
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
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 charity counselling children.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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I offer an initial 50 minute introduction offer of £25.00 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 £60.00 per 90 minutes.
Supervision will cost £50.00 for 90 minutes. The student rate will be £40.00
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am.available Monday to Friday 9.00am-20.00pm Saturdays 09.00am-15.00pm. I currently do not have a waiting list, so you could start your counselling as soon as you like
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I qualified as a counselling supervisor at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.