Sarah Drury MBACP
Hello and welcome to my profile.
People come to counselling for a variety of reasons, a significant life event such as a bereavement, past trauma, depression and/or anxiety are just some examples. Whatever the reason for you needing support it is important that you find the right person. Our initial session would involve us finding out if we can work together, If you are unsure I can offer a half and hour session for us to meet and discuss your needs. I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Here I offer some information on how I work.
I am a very calm and empathetic person. I work in a way which is supportive and honest. I provide a safe space where clients are able to share in confidence, supporting clients to feel safe with difficult feelings that may come from the past or present time. I have additional training in counselling those who've experienced bereavement, sexual violence, and domestic abuse. I currently volunteer at the Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre and previously spent 2 years volunteering as a bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care. I hold an enhanced DBS and regularly update my skills through training and supervision.
I often use mindfulness and focusing to help clients feel grounded and more able to be with their difficult or suppressed feelings. Focusing is a way of safely connecting with an experience. You can read more about it here: http://www.focusing.org.uk/an-introduction-to-focusing. Often we suppress difficult emotions and over time they build up until we can't control them anymore. We become overwhelmed and find it hard to understand how we actually feel. Focusing is extremely useful in these circumstances and so are creative therapies. The creative therapies I suggest often consist of writing, expressive art work, or guided imagery (you do not have to have art skills to engage in expressive art).
Often words can't fully express how we feel. Creative therapies are very helpful when working with feelings that are difficult to express or traumatic. They are therapeutic in their very nature because they access different areas of the brain, helping us to tap into the subconscious in a way that is difficult to reach by talking alone. The counselling work that I provide is client led, which means the client has a choice of how we work and is free to make an autonomous decision about what would work for them.
If you are interested in working with me please contact me via email, I can then call you back at your preferred time.
Whoever you choose as your counsellor please make sure they are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the UK Council for Psychotherapists, this will ensure the counsellor is practising safely and within ethical guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background is in healthcare, I was a registered adult nurse for 9 years. I have been a trained counsellor since 2016. currently I work in a support role with primary aged children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Training and qualifications
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course - 2019
- Focusing, Introductory levels - British Focusing Association 1-5 - 2019
- Devon Enhanced Autism Training – 2018
- Anxiety - Early Help for Mental Health - 2017
- Stop Abuse for Everyone - Level 2 NDADA Nature and Impact of Domestic Abuse - 2017
- Foundation Degree Arts in Integrative Counselling with the University of Worcester – 2016
- Cruse Bereavement Care - Certificate in Bereavement Awareness training – 2015
- Certificate in Counselling - 2014
- Post Graduate training in End of Life Care - 2011
- Diploma of higher education in Adult nursing University of the West of England– 2010
- Registered Adult Nurse 2010 - 2019 (no longer registered with the NMC)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Session 50 minutes : £40
Concessionary sessions are available to those experiencing financial hardship
Full payment, in cash, must be paid at each session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Friday 2pm onwards
Online availability - please email for details
Types of client