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About me

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 delivered face-to-face in Huddersfield, online (Zoom, email, messenger) or via telephone.

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. With this in mind, I offer a complementary 30 minute online session where we can say hello, we can both find out more, and you can ask any questions you may have, and check you feel at ease talking to me.

I offer short and long term counselling sessions, and have a counselling room in Huddersfield - a short drive from the M62 and so easily accessible from Brighouse, Halifax, Bradford, Leeds and Manchester. I'm easy to find and my counselling room is warm, calm and inviting.

I also offer online (Zoom, email and chat) and telephone sessions, which means that I can work with people UK-wide and is is especially valuable in the current climate of lockdowns and COVID-19. A combination of different approaches can also work well in some cases.

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.
  • Certificate in Online Therapy (Submitted)
  • 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

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 counselling people challenged by:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Work-related stress
  • Workplace bullying
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Low mood and feelings of sadness
  • Family issues and challenges
  • Cultural issues
  • Bullying
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Gambling and addiction
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Divorce and separation
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Identify and self
  • Perfectionism
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Personal development
  • Impact of life changing events
  • Loneliness
  • Cancer and life limiting illness
  • Carer support
  • Personal development and life-coaching
  • Gambling and addiction
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Bullying
  • Overthinking and negative thinking patterns
  • Academic stress

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Individual 1 hour sessions cost £50 (face to face, online or telephone).

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Enhanced DBS checked for working with adults and young people.

Initial 30 minute comlementary online session.

Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

There is space for parking a car.

Availability

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

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

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Sarah Holbrook MBACP Counsellor and Coach

Sarah Holbrook MBACP Counsellor and Coach