Sarah Comerford BSc (Hons), QCG, AdvDip, MBACP
About me and my counselling approach
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re feeling the need - or desire - to seek some help and support in your life, and perhaps make some changes. You may have something specific that you are looking to change or gain help with, or it may be that you are feeling stuck and experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, uncertainty and/or being overwhelmed. Counselling can, I believe be an incredibly valuable tool to help you, regardless of the issue.
I work as an integrative therapist, which means I am trained in and incorporate the 3 main proven psychotherapy approaches in my practice. These are Psychodynamic, Person Centred and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I am therefore able to adapt the most beneficial aspects of these approaches to tailor my work to the needs of the individual client: after all, everyone is different and unique.
I believe relationships are at the heart of what it is to be human and so the core emphasis of my therapeutic approach is relational. I can work with you to explore the significant relationships in your life, whether that be with family or friends, work colleagues or partners, as well as the relationship you have with yourself.
It is essential that your counsellor is someone with whom you feel safe and able to share important parts of your life with, without fear or judgement, and I understand that this can be a difficult process. I am passionate about providing an open and safe environment for you so that you get the best out of our time together: in order to facilitate this, our initial meeting will be for you to get to know me and for us both to gain a sense of whether you feel comfortable with us working together to help achieve your desired outcomes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Human Psychology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
- Level 4 in Advice and Guidance
- Safeguarding for young people 2018
Short courses in:
- Working alongside Trans, Non-binary and gender questioning people, their partners and families
- Time-limited Counselling
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Fragmented Minds: Dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder and Psychosis.
- Psychiatry, Psychodynamics and Psychopathology
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have several years experience of working with young people in a school setting and within youth counselling organisations as well as working with individuals of all ages for Arc and Oxford Womens Counselling. This has involved working with, but not limited to, issues around depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationships, low self esteem, stress, panic attacks, bereavement, self harm and abuse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- 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
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£45 per session. Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day, evening and weekend appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|