I believe that everyone has their own reason for seeking therapy just as every therapist has their own journey they undertook to be available to offer their support. As part of my journey I undertook therapy which helped me to reduce stored up emotions, ease up responsibility and allow self-care into my life. I felt heard and understood. It gave me the chance to understand the benefits that counselling can bring first hand so I want to offer others the chance to benefit from therapy too.
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.
The feelings of being overwhelmed and there being little or no choice, feels familiar. There are times where a situation can bring out anxiety, a constant worry about the situation that surrounds. There are times where it is hard to shut off and sleep is disturbed and restless. The low feeling of everything feeling a bit too much and energy being depleted. This is where I found having therapy helped me recognise the choices that I had and how I introduced a better balance into my life which I have mentioned as self care.
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 registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I practice within their ethical framework.
I am a qualified Humanistic Counsellor. I undertook my training at the University of Brighton. In practice I draw on theories including person-centred, existential principles and Transactional Analysis. I hold a certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.
Alongside my private practice (Counselling with Sarah), 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 and local low cost counselling service in the past.
I continue to update 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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free consultation (up to 30 minutes).
I currently have some limited low cost sessions available.
I offer face to face appointments in Shoreham town centre, I can talk you through COVID safety and more about the location if you would like to get in touch.
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.
If you phone me and I am unavailable to answer please do leave a message or email me.