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MBACP (Accred), Dip. Counselling

About me

When life is tough, one of the hardest things is to admit you are struggling and knowing what to do to make yourself feel better. Finding the right counsellor who will work alongside you is important – I aim to build a therapeutic relationship that is unique to you and offers what you need.

As a BACP Accredited Integrative Counsellor, I use a range of counselling therapies to support you as you make sense of what has gone on in the past, what is happening now and explore changes that you would like to make for the future.

As we work together to explore your situation, we would also look at coping strategies. For example, you may be suffering from anxiety, depression or sleeping difficulties, and so our work would be proactive and solution focused, often involving new thinking and behaviours that are more helpful.

I have helped many individuals and couples to find a greater sense of control over their lives when coping with challenges including, but not limited to;

Affairs & betrayals      Anxiety & stress      Attachment issues

Bereavement & loss      Childhood trauma    Depression

Divorce & separation  Emotional abuse      Life changes/events

Low self-esteem             Pregnancy loss      Relationship difficulties

Suicidal feelings          Trauma                  Work related difficulties

I work with both individuals and couples, ensuring that the experience is uniquely tailored to your goals and moves at a pace that is comfortable to you. The work can be short or longer term and with regular reviews, you can ensure that you are getting the most from our sessions.

I have resumed face-to-face counselling in addition to offering video (Zoom) or telephone counselling and I can be flexible between approaches to meet any changing needs.

I hope that my support as a warm, respectful, non-judgemental counsellor will bring increased self-awareness and empower you to find those elusive answers and a re-focused direction.

Have a look at my web pages to see if I seem like ‘the right fit’, then contact me by email or telephone for a no-obligation chat. I offer an initial session at a reduced  fee, so that you can be sure that I am the right therapist for you. You are not alone in this. I look forward to hearing from you,

Sarah

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Accredited member BACP
  • Level 2 Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO recognised)
  • Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health (Cache endorsed)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • B.A. (Hons)

In addition to my private practice, I am a counsellor at a BACP Accredited Counselling service in Camberley where I see both Individuals and Couples.

I previously led a bereavement support service in Wokingham where I was a supervisor and ran bereavement training courses. I have over 20 years of supporting clients through their unique experience of grief and loss. I also understand that we experience grief responses (despair, identity-loss, loss of purpose and direction) for various life events; relationship break-ups, divorce, career changes, retirement, empty nests, illness and disability etc and so I often use my bereavement expertise in my broader work as a counsellor.

I have many years experience of working with children on the Autistic Spectrum (in a Teaching capacity). This experience has enabled me to understand and empathise with different mindsets and perceptions of the world; I understand the social, emotional and practical challenges faced when living with ASD and I ensure that my counselling sessions are accessible whilst being mindful of sensory sensitivity.

Professional Development Training Including:

  • Managing Anxiety
  • Working with Trauma
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Understanding Menopause
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Working with Suicide Ideation
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Autism Masking
  • Narcissism
  • Couples Counselling
  • Body Modification
  • Effects of Virtual World/Social Media
  • Neuroscience of the mind-body connection
  • Working with Creative Tools in Therapy
  • Integrating Artwork into your Counselling Practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Individual £50 for 50 minutes
  • Couples £60 for 50 minutes or £100 for 90 minutes
  • Reduced fee for initial session

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACS on or before the day.

When I work

Daytime and  evening appointments. I can accommodate shift working.

Further information

Location

My counselling practice in Wokingham is within easy reach of Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley, Earley, Maidenhead, Reading, Sandhurst and Woodley.

Appointments and availability

Daytime and evening appointments. I am able to accommodate shift working.

Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Online platforms

Zoom