Sarah Hirsh Draper
The key principles at the heart of my therapeutic work are reflected in the name of my practice - Empower Psychotherapy and Counselling. My approach to therapy is based upon collaboration, support empathy and gentle challenge. Working together, you will gain greater understanding and insight into your own life situation. This can significantly improve your sense of wellbeing, empowering you to deal with the difficulties and challenges you face, creating alternative perspectives for your future, and ultimately enable you to work towards fulfilment of your goals.
Over time, patterns become established in the way we relate to others, in our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In this sense, the past can influence the present. Although what has gone before can bring greater understanding, the focus and catalyst for this exploration is always the ‘here and now’ experience that my client wishes to bring. We work together to try and understand your emotional life better, exploring the patterns and ‘coping strategies’ that may be repeated in our daily lives. This brings greater understanding and self-awareness, which can facilitate growth, alleviate distress and lead to meaningful change for the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative psychotherapist, informed by a number of therapeutic approaches, refining my practice through years of training and clinical experience. I’m trained to facilitate a process of understanding yourself better so that you are able to acknowledge and nurture aspects that are a source of strength and recognise areas that are perhaps less helpful - bringing about new perspectives for your future. I am a registered member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists) and the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have spent a number of years as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS as well as seeing clients through organisations such as Mind, Marie Curie and The Counselling Foundation.
My psychotherapy and counselling practice is able to support clients with a wide range of issues including, but not exclusively:
- BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS
- LOW CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM
- RELATIONSHIP DIFFICULTIES AND BREAKDOWN
- CAREER CHALLENGES AND WORK RELATED CONCERNS
- FERTILITY AND FAMILY PLANNING
- FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND PARENTING/STEP-PARENTING ISSUES
- SUPPORT FOR MUMS – ‘MUM-ME’
- LIFE TRANSITION AND AGING
- PSYCHOSEXUAL ISSUES
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are charged at fifty pounds for each therapy hour of 50 minutes.
My motivation to train as a psychotherapist was my genuine belief that talking therapy can be transformative. Previously my professional background was in media production, recruitment and business development both in the UK and overseas. I’ve worked in corporate environments and understand the pressures associated with busy lives, and, as a parent and step-parent myself the challenges of juggling a career and family.
My psychotherapy and counselling practice is able to support you with a wide range of issues and I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly if you have any questions or queries.