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About me

Well what a year it’s been for our mental health. The pandemic has changed all of our lives in so many ways and given us all manor of challenges and opportunities that have led us to reflect on the way we lived our lives before and make almost constant adaptations to our daily lives. These changes and uncertainties may have brought new worries to the table or exacerbated previous issues or brought to light feelings and emotions we may previously have been unaware of. As we begin to emerge from the lockdown restrictions, many more adaptations are looming which might feel daunting or overwhelming at this point in time.

I know from my counselling journey how frightening, draining and isolating it can be to experience feelings and emotions that feel too heavy to discuss with family and friends. I have a deep appreciation of how life changing it can be to find the space to explore and process these challenging feelings and find ways to move forward with greater clarity and understanding.

You may already be very clear about what you want to work on or may be confused and uncertain. Either is fine as we are all very different, and through our relationship we can work to gain deeper understanding of what has previously or is currently occurring in your emotional world.

Maybe you’re feeling the effects of isolation, loss of connection, anxiety, panic, stress or depression? Or experiencing family issues, separation or divorce? You may be suffering a bereavement or betrayal or just generally feeling sad, lost or unhappy. Perhaps you're living with low self-esteem or self-confidence and would like to talk to someone who will genuinely hear you and work with you collaboratively to find your own inner strengths and a way forward.

I offer a non-judgemental, safe space in which together we can explore your difficulties and long held beliefs to cultivate new ways of working that evoke empowerment, healing, growth, change and personal development.

​As divulging personal and perhaps previously unshared information with someone new may feel daunting or unsettling at first, I offer a reduced price initial consultation and assessment appointment to enable us to discuss what you might wish to explore in your sessions with me. If we feel we may be able to work well together, we can then arrange to meet weekly on either a short or longer-term basis.

Simply send me an email and make today - day one - of a brand new chapter in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified online counsellor.

As a member of the PESI UK, BACP as well as the OnlineEvents CPD Hubs I am able to continuously keep up to date with their latest training presentations including up to the minute support around the evolving Covid-19 situation.

I am committed to furthering my continued professional development through reading,  supervision, attending CPD events and undertaking online CPD.

I have completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance

Some recent training I have completed includes

  • Qualification in Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor (80 hours professional development - accredited by ACTO)
  • Dr Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Treatment Mastery Course
  • Heal Your Heart After Grief - Help your clients find peace after break-ups, divorce, death and other losses - David Kessler
  • The Challenge of Uncertainty with Ernesto Spinelli
  • Working with Erotic Transference and Countertransference - David Mann
  • GDPR and BACP Ethical Framework Review
  • Human Toolbox Practitioner Training - Lindy Wheeler
  • Overview of UK Attachment and Trauma Congress
  • Personal Insights Into Attachment Theory - Richard Bowlby

Qualifications

BSc in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Integrative Counselling from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor at:-

  • Life-Force Centre for Natural Well-Being in Colchester
  • Mentis Tree CIC in Bury St Edmunds

I am a Registered Member of BACP and UKCP.

I am a Human Toolbox Authorised Practitioner

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Additional information

My fee is £50 per 1 hour weekly session which can be paid by BACS payment or by credit card prior to the session.

The initial hour long consultation and assessment session is £25.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Appointments available Mondays to Thursdays 9am - 7pm (last appointment) 

Sessions offered online via Zoom.

I also have some face to face sessions available at my home in Holbrook.

Further information

Online sessions available. I currently have availability between 9am and 8pm.

I also offer face to face sessions from my home in Holbrook - a 10 minute drive from Ipswich or a 15 minute drive from Manningtree.

The following In Person sessions are suspended until further notice due to COVID 19.

I also work from The Hub Business Centre in Ipswich which has disabled access, parking nearby and is walking distance from the town centre.

Holbrook
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP9 2PP

2 Civic Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2QA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom

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Sarah Harvey, BSc Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP reg, UKCP.

Sarah Harvey, BSc Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP reg, UKCP.