Sarah Davenport MBACP (Dip. Couns), MBACP (Accred.)
Are you struggling to be happy and optimistic? Do you feel weighed down with your problems? What would you like to be different? Would you like to be more confident, enjoy life more, have better relationships and feel fulfilled? What is getting in the way of this happening? Would it help to come and explore what keeps you stuck and look at ways to understand this and help you move forward?
We all experience emotional difficulties during our lives. It's when we realise that we are no longer coping well or not recovering from these difficulties that it may be time to seek counselling. Counselling can help to bring about change if you are stuck in destructive or unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking, or are unable to leave the past behind.
I have been a qualified counsellor since 2012 and can offer the opportunity for you to explore your problems with someone who is neutral, non-judgemental and has no agenda. My style is compassionate and engaging as I believe that therapy is fundamentally about developing trust in order for you to make changes. We will remain focused on your problems to allow the time to fully explore what is causing the unhappiness or difficulties in your life.
My private practice is based in a quiet, relaxing, discreet room on the ground floor of the Bayside Business Centre with wheelchair access. I have designated parking spaces under the name of Sarah Davenport. For more information about where to find me, see my room find out more about counselling and frequently asked questions please click on my website link (above).
I offer both short-term counselling and longer term, open ended, one to one counselling for young people (16+) and adults. I also offer counselling for trainee counsellors. I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework.
I welcome trainee counsellors looking to do your 40 hours of personal therapy. I offer discounted counselling (£30 per session) to enable you to identify and work through your own issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited member of the BACP
- CPCAB Higher Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 5
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred Therapy) Level 4
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
- Certificate of Proficiency – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- BACP Register Number 07151
- Introduction to Couples Counselling by Deborah Winterbourne (2018)
- Dynamics of Power and Control (Sexualised Trauma) by Zoe Lodrick (2017)
- Working relationally with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma - delivered by Christiane Sanderson (2017)
- Stalking Training by You First (integrated domestic abuse service) (2017)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (2016)
- Counselling for depression (2015)
- Abuse within adolescent relationships (2014)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (2014)
- Art therapy (2014)
- Working with self harm (2014)
- Domestic violence/abuse and the MARAC process (2013)
I am committed to remaining current in my work and attend regular seminars, training and conferences.
I have been a qualified counsellor since 2012 and in private practice since April 2014 offering counselling for a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship and family difficulties, OCD, bereavement, problems affecting teenagers and domestic violence and abuse.
Before setting up my practice I spent 3 years at Poole Domestic Abuse Project counselling the survivors of domestic violence and abuse and also worked as a volunteer for Victim Support.
I have had specialist training in working with people affected by domestic and sexual violence and for teenagers in controlling and abusive relationships. I attend regular conferences as a member of the Southern Western Dorset Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum and the Safer Poole Partnership. These conferences have included raising awareness of issues surrounding the grooming of children and young people, managing the risk for people involved in prostitution, tackling sexual violence, forced marriage, coercive control, so called honour based violence and modern slavery.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coping with and working through the experience of domestic violence and abuse
Respectful and healthy relationships between teenagers
Controlling and coercive relationships
Domestic abuse and violence within teenage relationships
Teenagers struggling with the pressure of school/teenage life
Building self esteem, improving communication and assertiveness
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Sessions are £45 each and last for 50 minutes.
An initial consultation is £20 for 50 minutes.
Some reduced fee concessions are available depending on certain circumstances which we can discuss in the initial consulation.
I offer a reduced fee of £30 per session for the 40 hours of personal therapy required by trainee counsellors with a fee of £20 for the intial 50 minute consultation.
I have extensive experience in counselling the survivors of domestic violence and abuse. I have found that much of this work is in helping clients to understand and come to terms with what has happened to them so that they can rebuild their lives and start to be able to trust people and their own judgement again. Often clients feel that they have lost their identity as they have been worn down with the abuse and we can work together to discover who you were and look at who you would like to be. This is usually long term work to enable us to carefully and compassionately explore what has happened and to hopefully let go of your past enough to enable you to live the way you choose.
I also have experience of counselling teenagers who have been in violent, controlling and coercive relationships.
I work with teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression and low confidence.
Maps & Directions
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I currently have no available sessions as I am at capacity with clients.
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