Sarah Connelly Dip. Counsellor MBACP (Registered)
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I am an integrative counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with a special interest in working with older children, young people and adults living with or alongside;
- Autism (ASD) and or ADHD/ADD
- anxiety and low self-esteem
- bereavement, grief and loss
- addiction or problem drinking
I also have a passion for working with older children transitioning to secondary school or young people to College or University and women who have experienced traumatic births.
In addition to one to one and group counselling sessions, I also offer parent coaching sessions. During our sessions together I will help you to understand your child's challenging behaviours, look at more effective ways of responding and the tools to give your child to help them better understand and manage their emotions.
In addition to my private practice, I am also a counsellor for both Cruse Bereavement Care and Actualize Wellbeing. Previously I have worked as a counsellor at One Recovery Bucks (drug and alcohol recovery service) and Time to Talk, a youth counselling service for children and adolescents over the age of 10 years. I also volunteered for over 6 years as a telephone support worker with Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies.
How can I help you?
The focus of my work with any client (older children, young people and adults alike) is to create a secure relationship that is based on trust, respect, feeling heard and being valued.
I work with you to find the best way of helping you to connect to your emotions and feelings. This might be through talking or you might prefer to use more creative tools when the words simply cannot be found, such as painting and drawing, music and play.
My private practice is called The Resilience Tree Counselling Service Herts & Bucks. Resilience is a quality that helps to drive our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Learning how to become more resilient is critical, in childhood especially and underpins a lot of the work I carry out with children and young people with Autism. Building resilience and self-esteem, is also key to my work with those clients who have experienced the death of a loved one or a different kind of personal loss (such as a relationship breakdown or redundancy) and those struggling to overcome an addiction or eating disorder.
Where am I based?
I am currently seeing clients in Berkhamsted, Aylesbury and Tring.
My Berkhamsted room has a reception/waiting area and nearby parking available for free. The Fairford Leys Centre In Aylesbury has disabled access and free parking. The room in Tring does not have a waiting area. I am also able to arrange to see an older child/adolescent within their school setting.
What can you expect?
I understand how difficult it can be to make that first step which is why I offer an initial, free telephone conversation so that you can tell me a bit about yourself (or your child) and why you are seeking support so that we can decide whether we will be well suited to work together. We can then arrange a face to face session to meet in person.
If you are a parent seeking support for a child 16 years or younger or those with severe anxiety or a disability that impacts upon communication, I will request to meet you alone for an initial assessment session so that I can understand your concerns, the difficulties you believe your child is experiencing and how you feel they need support. Please contact me for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (ABC)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency of Voluntary Registration
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course - Awareness in Bereavement Care
- The National Autistic Society – Certificate in Understanding Autism in Women & Girls
- CBT & Counselling with ASD Clients: A Masterclass with Tony Attwood
- Facilitating Groups - 2 day training course with The Langley Training Centre
- CBT & MET for Substance Abuse - Workshop run by Dr Adrian Hemmings
- Moving your practice online - a brief course for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners from Online Therapy Institute.
- Promoting Emotional Regulation in Autistic Children - Creative Education
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Premature/preterm births.
- Transitioning to secondary school, college or university
Face to Face Counselling Sessions:
- Adult One to One Counselling - £50 for a 50 minute session.
- Older Children and Young People One to One Counselling - £50 for a 50 minute session
When working with children up to the age of 16 years I request an initial assessment meeting with the parent/carer only. This is a 50 minute session charged at £50.
Online Counselling - available as either a 30 minute session or a 50 minute session:
30 minute session - £25
50 minute session - £50
Telephone Counselling - available as either a 30 minute session or a 50 minute session:
- 30 minute session - £25
- 50 minute session - £50
Face to face sessions can be difficult for some people and so I also offer support through text or email. These sessions can be tailored to you or your child's specific needs. Please enquire for more information.
Please enquire for group therapy rates.
Concessions offered for
'A place to grieve' is a closed therapeutic support group facilitated by two qualified bereavement counsellors .
We provide a safe, nurturing, non judgemental space to explore your grief, to understand more about the grieving process and to share your experiences with other people who have also lost a loved one
For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07815 076369.
Postnatal depression, parents/carers with a child on the Autistic Spectrum, premature birth. Please contact me for further information.
ASD Girls Social Skills Group
I run a monthly social group in Tring for girls with ASD between the ages of 7 and 11 years. The group provides the girls with an opportunity to learn new skills and socialise with other children in a safe and non-judgemental setting. Please contact me for further information.