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About me

I am a counsellor with special interest, and extensive experience, in supporting people who care for others. Caring for someone else is looking after needs of another person when they are unable to do it for themselves. This can take many forms perhaps you are looking after a parent or grandparent that suffers from dementia or ill health. Maybe your partner has cancer, or you could be a parent or carer of a child who has learning difficulties or mental health.

I understand that holding a caring role can feel overwhelming especially as you are likely to be trying to balance it alongside other aspects of your life, such as work, family or looking after your own needs. It may feel lonely and isolating. The situation you are in may leave you feeling low, anxious or stuck.

Caring can lead to having to make some difficult decisions which may lead to feeling guilty if it involves thinking of yourself. It is not unusual that there is not much left to change focus from caring for someone to looking after yourself. If you feel you would like to give yourself some space and support in looking after your own emotional wellbeing, please get in touch.

I understand that starting counselling may feel daunting and it is important to speak about what feels right for you with the right person.  I offer an initial free consultation (up to 30 minutes) so we can assess your needs and how we might be able to to work together.

Please get in touch in to see how we can work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified, fully insured Humanistic Counsellor. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice within their ethical framework.

Alongside my private practice, I volunteer with a charity that supports carers. Counselling support is offered to a range of caring roles, such as parents, someone with dementia, Alzheimer's, Autism, someone with a mental health issue, drug and alcohol issue or learning difficulties. I have also volunteered for Brighton and Hove Mind in the past.

I continue to inform my practice through attending seminars, courses, workshops, networking with other professionals, reading books, papers and outcomes of research.  I am on the Committee of a local network of practicing counsellors and psychotherapists, which I currently hold the role as Secretary.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I offer a free consultation (up to 30 minutes).

I currently have some limited low cost sessions available.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I offer online counselling sessions through Zoom and sessions on the telephone. This makes it accessible from home wherever you are and there is no need to worry about leaving your home.

Shoreham-by-Sea
West Sussex
BN43

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Languages offered

None

Online platforms

Zoom

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Sarah Goodman MBACP

Sarah Goodman MBACP