Sarah Freed, Counsellor, Couples Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist
I can offer you 15 years of professional experience, to help you try and make sense of where you find yourself today and, more importantly, to support you in finding where and how you would like to be.
Here are some ideas about how individual therapy could help you:
- Improve empathy and communication in relationships
- Reduce anger, stress, anxiety, depression
- Ease the pain of bereavement
- Understand more deeply sexuality, identity, spirituality, cultural issues and beliefs
- Promote a more positive, flexible mind-set
- Create a healthier work/ life balance
- Provide the development of tools and coping strategies to use during difficult times
- Promote a sense of personal liberation and autonomy
- Allow you to take personal responsibility
- Encourage the development of greater self-discipline
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
Life is so busy. We are all on the treadmill of relentless responsibilities, demands and expectations, which at times can overwhelm us. This doesn't mean we are 'weak'. Searching for support from therapy is a very brave and resourceful thing to do. Mostly, we go through the motions, holding it all together, until usually something happens to effect the status quo. We may start to feel very low or even depressed and every little thing becomes a huge effort and we can't see the good things in front of our eyes anymore. We may be treading water and struggling with anxiety. Unconsciously we know that if we don't keep going, the fear is we may sink – or even worse – drown under the pressure.
We may have lost someone or something dear to us through bereavement, the end of a relationship, a job, our health, moving house etc. There may have been an event (or events) in our lives that perhaps we've always known we need to deal with and process the feelings, but we put it off and perhaps hope it will go away.
These wounds that we carry around with us, not only bring sadness, but also cause us to question ourselves and our lives and they can effect us in other ways too. The old ways of finding support through our families, relationships or community may not be available to us or, if they are, we may not wish to burden those closest to us with our difficulties. So we carry on feeling low and/or feeling anxious...until we seek help.
Within the therapy I provide, I make use of various techniques as appropriate, such as mindfulness, breathing & relaxation, body scanning and visual imagery to help combat stress and anxiety. I also use creative methods such as clay, sand, drawing equipment, shells and stones, the written word (poetry, story telling, letters) etc to encourage the expression and understanding of feelings. This can be hugely beneficial for depression sufferers, in particular, to externalise their suppressed internal world.
My Transpersonal approach to working with couples can offer powerful methods which quickly and effectively access the core reasons for difficulties in relationships. You will learn tools to use on a daily basis to improve and sustain a healthy relationship. This is not simply a 'quick fix'.
Couples come to therapy for lots of different reasons. You may want to learn how to:
- Communicate more effectively
- Develop a more empathic relationship
- Argue and manage conflict effectively
- Create a more loving, intimate relationship
- Raise children effectively together
- Manage when a partner has been unfaithful
- Deal with the pain and sadness of infertility
- Navigate the influence of other family members
- Understand how bereavement and loss impact a relationship
- Understand the strain of work or financial difficulties on relationships
- Manage the conflict that cultural differences can bring
- Deal with health issues and their impact on your relationship
- Manage when a partner is suffering from anxiety, stress or depression
So many couples are finding this approach hugely beneficial. Whatever the reason your relationship is struggling, please get in touch to discuss what might be possible. Please note that I only have daytime appointments available at present.
I have written two poetry/ self-help books exploring personal transformation:, Mending the Soul. A Journey Beyond Abuse (2017) and Finding Your Voice (2018). Both can be found on Amazon.
For more information about how I could help support your specific needs, please visit my website www.cambstherapy.org
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited, Certificate (HE) Counselling, Diploma Counselling, Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling & Psychotherapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Certificate Family Life in the Therapeutic Space
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available on Tues & Thurs daytime
Types of client