Sarah Connelly Dip. Counsellor MBACP (Registered)
I am a qualified 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;
- ASD and or ADHD/ADD
- anxiety and low self-esteem
- 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 anybody who has experienced a preterm birth.
I am a volunteer counsellor for both Cruse Bereavement Care and One Recovery Bucks. I also worked as a volunteer counsellor at Time to Talk, working with children and adolescents over the age of 10 years. I also volunteered for over 6 years 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 ASD. Building resilience 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.
Where am I based?
I am currently seeing clients in Berkhamsted and Aylesbury. Both venues have a reception/waiting area and nearby parking available for free. The Fairford Leys Centre has disabled access and parking. 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 13 years or younger or those with a severe anxiety or 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Premature/preterm births.
- Transitioning to secondary school, college or university
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- Adult One to One Counselling - £45 for a 50 minute session.
- Older Children and Young People One to One Counselling - £45 for a 50 minute session
- Older Children (10 – 13 years) initial assessment meeting with parent/carer only - £45 for a 60 minute session
I have a limited number of concessions available for those on a reduced income and for student counsellors. Please enquire for more information.
I run facilitated therapeutic groups for various issues such grief and loss, parents/carers with a child on the Autistic Spectrum, girls on the Autistic Spectrum (with and without a diagnosis), women who have experienced a premature birth, Year 6 children transitioning to Secondary School and Parents of Year 6 children transitioning to Secondary School. Please contact me for more information.
ASD Girls Social 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am able to offer weekday daytime sessions and evening sessions. I also offer daytime sessions on a Saturday.
Types of client