Sarah Briggs Dip.Int.Counselling MBACP
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor with an established private practice based in Sunningdale. I offer counselling for both adults and young people on a short or long term basis in a lovely, peaceful setting. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I strictly adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework in maintaining safe and ethical practice.I follow the integrative approach to counselling, which means I incorporate different theoretical approaches to my model, which I adapt to the individual needs of the client. I see clients for a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, difficulties in personal and family relationships, eating disorders and feelings of sadness or loss. You may have reached a time in your life when you feel 'stuck' or 'overwhelmed' and simply need a safe, non-judgemental place to feel truly listened to and where you will be met with empathy and understanding.
Counselling often involves exploring links between the past and present and looking at historical patterns of behavior and core beliefs that may be hindering your life in the present. Developing a deeper self-awareness can lead to change and personal growth. Working with the 'here and now' we can find the tools and resources you need to make changes, leading to a more contended life. I will be on your journey, listening and reflecting on your story and together we will find a path for moving forward. Counselling can be challenging at times but you will be in a trustworthy and supportive environment where I hope you will feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings with me.
I also work with young people, who in addition to simply talking can also express themselves creatively with the use of different art medium such as art materials, symbolic figures, shells and stones. I also use a variety of motivational exercises based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques to help build on their self-esteem. This motivational approach helps young people to challenge their negative thoughts and feelings to develop more positive thinking patterns and coping mechanisms.
During the initial consultation, we can discuss what brings you to counselling and your hopes and expectations of therapy. If you would then like to then go ahead with counselling, we can arrange a suitable time to meet on a weekly basis. It is also a chance for you to ask me any questions you may have about the counselling process.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF)
- BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
- NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
I regularly update my training as part of my Continuing Professional Development. I have received training in the following areas:
- Eating Disorders
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Child Protection
- ADHD and Autism
- Understanding Trauma/PTSD
- Ordinary Magic or Learnable Skills (promoting resilience in children)
- Professional Training In The Therapeutic Use Of Mindfulness
I have previously been a volunteer counsellor with a BACP accredited placement in Bracknell, which offers counselling to young people and for the charity Place2Be.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for fifty minute session. (Monday to Friday)
Concessions for students
Concessions offered for
I offer counselling sessions in a comfortable room based in a peaceful location in Sunningdale, close to bus routes and a 7 minute walk from Sunningdale Station. I am close to Sunninghill, Ascot, Windlesham, Egham, Camberley, Windsor and Chobham.