Sarah Howard, Integrative Counsellor MBACP, Petersfield (clients age 8+)
Hello, I offer a free first meeting and many ways to cope with anxiety, depression, bereavement, low confidence, trauma, anger, self harm, relationships and mental health difficulties.
“More positive. Less anxious. Less depressed.” D (age 17)
I think it’s a brave step to come to see someone and I can understand if you feel nervous about talking about difficult issues. As an Integrative Counsellor I can provide more options than just talking; I have lots of bits and bobs in my room that we could use and plenty of space to move about or have a safe ‘vent’.
"It has helped with me not getting angry." F (age 11)
If you wish we could use creative approaches such as art, stones, bubbles and a sand tray; or we could work with the unconscious, including inner child work, drama and the bodymind connection. Having different ways of working means that you are free to say as much (or as little) as you wish, it’s your choice. I also believe that, even if we are dealing with really tough stuff, counselling does not always have to be serious and a shared laugh can often help the process along.
“It was the first time I felt really understood, and you helped me get to the actual root of my problems.” T (age 40)
Whatever your age or issue I’m confident that I have something to offer… I’ve worked with young people (from age 8+) in schools and NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) to adult clients in their 60’s at Mind (the mental health charity). I have led groups in schools and at Mind teaching tips and strategies to make life better including Building Confidence, Assertiveness, Mindfulness, Healthy Relationships, Bereavement and Anger Management.
It is important to feel safe and comfortable with your counsellor and I believe that the first session is a chance to see if we would work well together. I have a private conservatory for us to use, with comfy sofas, that provides a quiet space where you can share your concerns without fear of being interrupted. I also have a cat called Lola who might sometimes join us (I can easily shut her out if you prefer).
“I left our first session feeling so comforted and safe; I just knew that everything would be OK.” J (age 54)
What is Counselling?
Counselling inspires change in and around us.
Feeling heard, and supported, by someone who has your best interests at heart, increases self confidence and makes it easier to make decisions. As you become your real self you will act differently and people around you will respond differently.
"A lot of my friends and family have noticed how much more confident I am now – THANK YOU!" N (age 18)
A bit about my background:-
Like many people I have done a variety of things during my life and hope to bring a wealth of experience to make our sessions interesting and, hopefully, have a bit of fun along the way.
I started working in marketing in London and then moved south for family. I have been in many admin jobs and worked as a carer before retraining and going to work for Mind as a counsellor. At Mind I heard about living with mental health difficulties and worked with people to find ways to make their lives easier. I created and ran courses to manage anxiety, depression and anger as well as leading a weekly mindfulness group.
I have run many training courses on managing stress and maintaining good mental health for local colleges, Police, Ambulance and Fire services.
I was a counsellor for young people at Off The Record in Havant for 5 years and have worked with groups in schools teaching tools to cope with bereavement, anger, anxiety and low self confidence.
"You’re the one who pushed that sad little insecure girl and brought out the girl who has sunshine and rainbows coming out of her ass. Thank you for everything, means so much.” C (age 15)
Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will be happy to help in any way.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Integrative Counselling (University of Greenwich)
- Anxiety and Depression in the body
- The treatment of addiction
- Domestic Abuse
- Sexual Issues and Sexual Abuse
- Infant Loss
- Drama Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- “It’s not me… it’s my OCD”
- Trauma Recovery and Post Traumatic Growth
- Rewind Technique for phobias and trauma
- “Creative Play”
- Ongoing evening and one day courses for working with young people (2013 – present)
- Counselling young people aged 11-25 at Off The Record, Havant (2013 – 2018)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in the Rewind Technique which can help with phobias, PTSD, trauma, some OCD and other recurring issues that distress us. I can offer this as part of our ongoing work or as an individual 2 session course to address specific issues.
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First session is free.
Following sessions are £40 for 60 minutes (discounts are available for students and longer term clients).
It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor and I believe that the first session is a chance to see if we would work well together.
Quotes from clients...
"I've seen a number of counsellors over the years and they only really scratched the surface. Going to Sarah was the best decision I have made. Thank you for listening to me. It was the first time I felt really understood, and you helped me get to the actual root of my problems. With the tools and techniques you have shown me I feel a transformed person compared to the first day I saw you. I wish I had met you years ago." T (age 40)
"A HUGE thank you for everything you have taught me. It has really made a great difference to me. A lot of my friends and family have noticed how much more confident I am now - THANK YOU! I will miss our chats lots :-(" N (age 18)
”It has helped with me not getting angry.” F (age 11)
"I’d had therapy on and off over the years but it had never quite got to the heart of things. Then a significant life crisis brought me to my knees – and to Sarah. I left our first session feeling so comforted and safe; I just knew that everything would be OK and I cried like I’d never cried before, healing tears that released deeply buried pockets of pain and grief I’d carried around for over 50 years. There has been much merriment in our therapy sessions too, as Sarah encourages me to experiment with different ways of responding to dissociation and other uncomfortable feelings. Our sessions are always dynamic and uplifting – and leave me feeling far better than when I went in. If you’re reading this testimonial, you have my congratulations! You’ve found a wonderful therapist – the best in my view." J (age 56)
"More positive, less anxious, less depressed." D (age 17)
"Dear Sarah all I can say is thank you. You were there for me in my dark days when no one else was. You're the one who pushed that sad little insecure girl and brought out the girl who has sunshine and rainbows coming out of her ass. Thank you for everything, means so much." C (age 15)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Saturday (evening sessions available).
Types of client