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MBACP

About me

My name is Sarah, I am an Integrative counsellor qualified to degree level and a fully registered member of the BACP.  I am a warm, compassionate, and empathetic counsellor, providing a safe space where you will be; seen, heard and respected.

I work with adults of all ages and with children 11 and older. I offer one to one counselling for short and long-term work, depending on your needs.

I chose to study the integrative approach as it gives me the ability to combine different methods. These methods range from: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Mindfulness; and can help us to find what works best for you, without judgment; no two people are the same, we are all unique.

Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling lost, wondering who we are and where we are going; often repeating patterns and not being able to find a way of changing them. I work predominantly relational, and at your pace, through a process of reflection and enquiry; giving me insight on how my clients interact with others around them. Mirroring this back to my clients can be invaluable, combined with a strong therapeutic relationship.

I have experience working with:

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Feeling sad
  • loneliness
  • Over thinking
  • Low self-esteem
  • Inner critic

I, too, have experienced difficulties and know only too well the negative effect they had on my life. Therefore, I feel very passionate about the work I do.

I also work as a physical therapist, combining my knowledge with an understanding of how the body works and how it connects to the mind. This often comes up in the work that I do with my clients. I see that if we can connect to our body, as well as our mind, we don't miss out on some crucial information our body is trying to tell us. A pain in the neck for example, what are we not paying attention to in our lives? We can often learn to disassociate unknowingly, separating these parts because the physical feelings can be too uncomfortable. If we have a better understanding of why we are physically feeling that way then we have the opportunity to make positive changes; improving our overall well-being and becoming a whole person, not just parts. I strongly believe that becoming more self aware helps to dilute the physical and emotional responses we can feel; this, in turn, normalizes how we see ourselves and the world around us.

How would you like us to work together?

I offer a free 20-minute consultation over zoom or by telephone to help answer any questions you may have and to see if you feel comfortable about working with me on this very personal journey.

I can provide remote sessions over Zoom and Telephone. 

I also provide Face to Face sessions, based in Axminster town centre.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • FDA Integrative Counselling 
  • CPCAB Level 3
  • Sports Therapy level 3
  • Inner Child Therapy level 3
  • CPCAB Level 2 
  • Children and Young Peoples Mental Health level 2
  • CYP level 1: working with children 11 years and older
  • Certificate in online and telephone counselling
  • Bowen Therapist Diploma

I am continually developing my practice by regular CPD courses. These keep my knowledge and practise up to date.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £25.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Standard fees

£40 for an hour - 1:1

Also, I offer a limited number of concessionary spaces, to students or to those on low income.

Concessionary fees

£25 for an hour - 1:1

Lyme Regis, DT7

Chard Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom