Sarah Holbrook MBACP Registered Counsellor and Coach
Hello, I'm here to listen and offer you time, support and a safe space to work through things that are troubling you - at your own pace and removed from your day-to-day life. Sessions are confidential, judgement free and currently being delivered online or via telephone.
As a counsellor I find myself in a most unusual situation, where I’m experiencing the impact of Coronavirus on my life, at the same time as you and everyone else. Yes, we may all have different experiences, anxieties and challenges, but we literally are all in this together...though not out of choice! We find ourselves plunged into a world of uncertainty and have been forced to change the way we live, connect and behave. The whole world feels to have shutdown, something we would have felt impossible until now. Life has changed dramatically and suddenly, and we’re all working this out as we go along.
Counselling can help you to make sense of your feelings and what's happening in your world. It offers you the chance to talk to someone in confidence about YOU...and the things that are worrying, upsetting or distressing you. Talking about bottled-up feelings and emotions that are affecting your wellbeing can give you a sense of relief.
If you choose to work with me as a counsellor, when you’re sharing your world and inner most feelings, you can trust me to never judge. Being truly heard is a powerful thing and I’m here to listen and create a safe space for you to work through things in your own way, at your own pace and removed from your day-to-day life.
Choosing the right counsellor to support you through tough times can be a difficult in itself. The emotions and feelings you're experiencing are private and the idea of sharing these may leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed. It’s important to feel safe, comfortable…and to feel a connection with your therapist. This is why I offer a complementary 30-minute session where we can get to know each other and you can ask any questions
I offer short and long term counselling sessions, and have a counselling room on Halifax Road in Huddersfield. This is close to Huddersfield town centre and is only a short drive from the M62, so easily accessible from Brighouse, Halifax, Bradford, Leeds and Manchester. I'm easy to find, there's plenty of parking and my counselling room is warm, calm and inviting. **During this period of social distancing, and inline with Government recommendations, I'm not working face to face but continue to work online and offer telephone sessions.**
How can counselling help?
- Relationship breakdowns and difficulties.
- Difficult life decisions and situations.
- Coping with stress, anxiety, 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
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
Qualifications and accreditations
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM)
- Transactional Analysis (TA101) certificate
- Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 for working with adults; Level 1 for working with children.
- Registered Member (376106) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
- Enhanced DBS certificate for working with adults and young people.
Other training and workshops
- Working with gambling and addiction
- Working therapeutically with Asperger's clients
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and panic Attacks
- Insight into the Wrold of Aspergers and High Functionong Autism
- Sucessful Practice when Counselling Clients on the Autistic Sprectrum
- Moving you practice online
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'm employed as a Part-time Counsellor by a local Sixth Form College, working with young 16-18 year old people.
- 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 work with clients referred from a local employee assistence programme.
- 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 counselling people challenged by:
- Anxiety and stress
- Work-related stress
- Workplace bullying
- Relationship problems
- Low mood and feelings of sadness
- Family issues
- Gambling and addiciton
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
- Divorce and separation
- Bereavement and loss
- Panic attacks
- Self harm
- Suicidal thoughts
- Personal development
- Impact of life changing events
- Cancer and life limiting illness
- Carer support
- Personal development and life-coaching
- Gambling and addiction
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for counselling sessions and sessions are 50 minutes long.
Reduced rate of £40 for student counsellors in training.
Reduced rate of £20 for all key workers.
Evening and weekend appointments are available.
DBS checked for working with adults and children - enhanced