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Sarah Clark (MA, PGDip, RMBACP) Relate Trained: Couples, Individuals & Families

Ashford, Kent, TN24 07944 695465 07944 695465
Ashford, Kent, TN24
07944 695465 07944 695465

About me

Welcome! I am a Counsellor and Relationship Therapist with 27 years’ experience working with people going through difficult times. Trained with Relate, I work with individuals, couples and families, believing that everyone has their own unique experience of life and their own understanding of what it is that brings them to see me.

I do not know what your current situation is, but I am guessing that you or someone close to you is:

  • experiencing confusion, sadness, anxiety or fear
  • facing a dilemma
  • struggling with a relationship
  • dealing with illness or bereavement
  • in emotional distress

You may have been grappling with the situation for a while or it may just have come upon you, but the fact that you are visiting this website tells me you would like help and support.

It can be a struggle to deal with difficulties alone. My aim is to provide a safe place to talk openly and in confidence. My hope is that together we will find a way to look differently at what you are going through and for you to gain some relief from this.

Whatever gender, race, sexuality or class you identify as, whatever your physical or mental health or disability, any religion or none, I will listen and talk to you with respect, honesty and compassion.

I offer expertise gained from the 20 years I worked as a Social Worker in Adult Social Care as well as the 15 years I have worked as a Therapist. I now work solely in my private therapy practice but previously worked in hospices, hospitals and the community with adults experiencing illness, disability and emotional distress.

Over the years, I have gathered a range of knowledge and techniques. I tailor these to the individual, couple or family I am talking with and to what is troubling them. However, my overall practice is guided by the integration of Systemic and Psychodynamic Theory. Put simply, this means that I am curious about what is happening to you at present as well as what experiences you may have had in childhood and in your life up to now.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

2005-2019: I worked as a Counsellor for Relate, primarily with couples

2015-2107: I worked as a Counsellor in an NHS funded service, primarily with individuals

1991-2013: I worked as a Social Worker in Adult Care in a hospital, a hospice & in the community

Qualifications

2017: BACP Certificate of Proficiency

2017: MA in Relationship Therapy - Relate Institute

2016: Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy - Relate Institute

2012: Postgraduate Certificate in Couple & Individual Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy - Tavistock Centre For Couple Relationships

2006: Graduate Certificate Foundation in Couple Counselling - Relate Institute

2000: Modular Certificate in Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling - Regents College

1993: CQSW and MSc in Social Work

Training

  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness
  • Internet Sex Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shame
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing & The Stages Of Change
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Adult Protection & Safeguarding

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Although "Gender Dysphoria" is listed above in the "Areas of Counselling I Deal With", I believe the term "Gender Identity" better expresses the experiences individuals face around this issue. "Identity" seems a more open and less judgemental term than what I see as the more medical term "Dysphoria".

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

An initial telephone consultation of up to 30 minutes is free

Individuals:   £60.00 per 50 minute session

Couples:       £70.00 per 50 minute session

Families:       £70.00 per 50 minute session

I do not charge for breaks and holidays that you make me aware of in advance.

However, I do charge the full session fee for cancellations and missed appointments with less than 24 hours notice.

Further information

I am a Registered Member of BACP and follow their Code of Ethics.

I receive regular supervision.

I am based in Central Ashford. Pay & Display parking available close by.

The online counselling I offer is via Zoom (password protected).

I am happy to work with you for a certain number of sessions or on an open-ended basis depending on your circumstances.

Ashford
Kent
TN24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I offer early morning and evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Sarah Clark (MA, PGDip, RMBACP)  Relate Trained: Couples, Individuals & Families

Sarah Clark (MA, PGDip, RMBACP) Relate Trained: Couples, Individuals & Families

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