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About me

Feeling stuck and don’t know where to turn? Struggling to come to terms with something that’s happened or upset you? Feeling low, unhappy, or full of fear and anxiety? Struggling to deal with difficult emotions and make sense of your feelings and what’s happening?

Talking to a counsellor in confidence can help you work through bottled up feelings and emotions that are affecting your overall wellbeing.

I’m here to listen and offer you the time and a safe space for you to work through your feelings and the things that are troubling you - at your own pace, and, removed from your everyday life.

You know yourself better than anyone, so I’m not here to advise or tell you what to do. Neither am I here to pass judgement. Instead, I seek to create a confidential, trusting space where you feel safe and able to reflect on your life and talk things through. You do most of the talking and exploring; I listen and show you the power of being truly heard.

If you choose to work with me as your counsellor, my aim is for you to feel you’re walking into a calm, peaceful haven for one hour a week. This is your time. I’m disconnected from your life and you can talk to me freely and in confidence without feeling guilt or worrying about upsetting anyone. I’m there for you.

The emotions and feelings you're experiencing are private and the idea of sharing these may leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed, so it’s important for you to take your time in choosing the right counsellor to support you. I offer a complementary 30-minute appointment where you can meet me, ask any questions, and see if you feel a connection and at ease talking to me - before booking any sessions.

My counselling room is in Huddersfield, close to the M62 and easily accessible from surrounding areas like Brighouse, Halifax, Leeds, and Manchester. I also work with people across the UK offering online and telephone counselling sessions.

How can counselling help?

  • Coping with stress and anxiety
  • Relationship breakdowns and difficulties.
  • Difficult life decisions and situations.
  • Coping with feeling sad, depression and low mood.
  • Dealing with major life events and changes.
  • Coping with ill health, loss and bereavement
  • Work-related worries and concerns
  • Low self-esteem and confidence problems
  • Feeling emotionally stuck with unwelcome thoughts and feelings
  • Coming to terms with life and things that have happened.
  • Problems with addictions and abuse
  • Questioning around your identify
  • Reflecting on your purpose and life journey.

My website https://www.sarahholbrook.co.uk/ offers more information about me and the counselling service I offer if you want to take a look.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member (376106) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Enhanced DBS certificate for working with adults and young people.

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • General Certificate in Online Therapy.
  • Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM).
  • Transactional Analysis (TA101) certificate.
  • Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 for working with adults and Level 1 for working with children.

Other training and workshops

  • Treating Generalised Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Working with gambling and addiction.
  • Working therapeutically with Asperger's clients.
  • Insight into the World of Aspergers and High Functioning Autism.
  • Successful Practice when Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Moving you practice online.
  • Transformational coaching.

Experience of working with adults and young people.

Aside from my private practice clients, I have experience of working with adults and young people in different settings:

  • I've been working with 16-18 year old young people for over three years at a local local Sixth Form College and am now employed part-time. I love working with this age group, and, as part of a well established, very experienced team at the college,  I've gained extensive experience of working with a broad range of areas that trouble young people.
  • I work with adult clients referred from a local employee assistance programme.
  • I work as an Associate Counsellor for GamCare, a national charity which provides free counselling services and support for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
  • I've worked in a GP surgery offering general counselling services to referred patients.
  • I've worked with a cancer support charity, offering counselling to people affected by
  • a cancer diagnosis; patients, family members, carers and the bereaved.

As a counsellor I have experience of working with and exploring:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Work-related stress
  • Depression, low mood and feelings of sadness
  • Relationship problems
  • Family issues and challenges
  • Cultural issues
  • Bullying (including workplace bullying)
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Gambling and addiction
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Divorce and separation
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Identify and self
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Personal development
  • Transition and change
  • Impact of life changing events
  • Loneliness
  • Cancer and life limiting illness
  • Carer support
  • Personal development and life-coaching
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • ADHD
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Negative thinking and unwanted thoughts
  • Academic stress and motivation

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial 30 minutes appointment free of charge.

6 sessions paid in advance £270 (a saving £5 per session).

Sessions are 60 minutes long.

Reduced rate of £40 for students and counsellors in training.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer counselling sessions on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Further information

Enhanced DBS checked for working with adults and young people.

Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

There is space for parking a car.

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Sarah Holbrook - MBACP Registered Counsellor and Qualified Coach

Sarah Holbrook - MBACP Registered Counsellor and Qualified Coach