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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 2nd October 2022

About me

Counselling is a place where you can explore your true self, unpack the baggage the world has given you and a confidential space where you can be you (take off the mask you hide behind). I'm not saying it's going to be easy and we will explore difficult feelings that may be confusing, stressful or painful but there will be some laughs along the way, even if you don't feel like it now. Exploring these emotion will help you to deal with them and maybe put them to bed for good. If you are ready, then I am ready to work with you by supporting you but never give you advice, as what works for me might not work for you. The sessions are tailored to you and your needs. Which means I use different counselling approaches (integrative). I can also give you skills and tools that will support you in reaching your goal. Each session is 50 minutes, which are weekly.

It all starts with a completely free 20 minute initial phone call. No obligation, This gives you the chance to ask me questions and to see if counselling is right for you. So click on the message me button or text me on the number above.

About me;

  • I am a qualified counsellor with over 5 years experience. I specialise bereavement counselling, below are some other areas of counselling I deal with.
  • I work with ages from 13 years plus, from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. I have worked as a counsellor within a number of charities that specialise in emotional well-being for children and adults.
  • One of them charities was Mind, I supported clients through their anxiety, looking at ways to challenge their thoughts and feelings that come with anxiety.
  • Alongside my private work, I also work for a bereavement charity. Counselling children and adults to explore their feelings around their loss.
  • I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means I work within the ethical framework, I keep my CPD up to date, have regular supervision.
  • I am DBS checked, fully insured and registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s office.)

What happens after you have made an enquiry with me:

By email/text/Whatapp/FB Messenger ?

  • I will try to reply back to you within 24hours (This might not always be possible).
  • I will offer you a time slot for me to call you, for your free 20 minute initial phone call. If the time isn't ok, then we can find a time that suit you.
  • If the time slot is ok. Then I will call you at that time, I will only try calling you twice. Then I wait for you to get back in contact with me

By phone?

  • I can't always answer my phone. (I do not answer calls from private numbers.) Please feel free to leave a message with your name and phone number.
  • I will get back to you by text to offer you a time slot for me to call you for your free 20 minute initial phone call. If the time slot isn't ok, then We can find a time that suit you.
  • If the time slot is ok. Then I will call you at that time, I will only try calling you twice. Then I wait for you to get back in contact with me

What to expect on the free 20 minute phone call.

  • This is an opportunity for you to ask me any questions and for me to make sure, I am the right person for you. I will do this by asking you some  questions.
  • If we both agree to go forward, then we can book a session called the initial session. this can be face to face or video call
  • Counselling isn't one fits all, so I understand if you don't want to go forward. I believe it's important for you to find the right counsellor, as you need to feel relaxed to be able to open up and get the most out of the counselling process.
  • If you do want to go a head, then a £40 deposit is needed to confirm your booking of the initial session, this needs to be done within 48 hours of making the booking.
  • If this isn't done within 48 hours, I will take it you no long want the initial session and the time slot maybe offered to someone else.
  • Once deposit is paid. I will email a confirmation email will have the counselling agreement, COVID-19 contract attached and other information you will need for your initial session.
  • You may need to sign the counselling agreement, online contract before the session but this will all be explained within the email

What to expect at the initial session?

  • Once the deposit is paid, I will send you a confirmation email with the contract attached and other information for you to read. You will need to sign the contract before the session but please understand this does not commit you to the counselling process and you can change your mind at any time.
  • Once the contract is signed, I will send you an invite to a video call meeting.
  • You will need a private space, where you won't be disturbed for the 50 min session.
  • If we get cut off or the signal goes, I will try to reconnect twice, if no luck, then I will phone you to discuss your options.
  • Once the meeting starts I will go through the contract. I will be asking more questions then I did on the phone, as I want to get a better understanding of you. I will write some notes. (my confidentiality policy is outlined in the contract). I will only ask loads of questions and write some notes in this session.
  • This session is for 50min. If you agree to more sessions, then the session would be the same time weekly (session time and/or day could change , if needs be). Cost is £40 which is the outstanding for the session attending and £20 deposit for the nest session.  End of the session I will send you a payment request for you to pay for you session.
  • You may feel that you only need this session or that we are not right together and wouldn't want any more sessions. Like I said before counselling isn't one fits all, so I understand if you don't want to go forward. I believe it's important for you to find the right counsellor, as you need to feel relaxed to be able to open up and get the most out of the counselling process. Then you just need to pay the outstanding amount of £20 at the end of this session. End of the session I will send you a payment request for you to pay for you session.

What to expect at the weekly counselling sessions:

  • The session would be led by you and what you would like to work on.
  • I may bring up what has happened in the previous session and I may get you to explore your feelings more, but this will be done to support you through your counselling journey and to reach your goals.
  • At the end of the session is when you pay. (£40 that is for the outstanding amount and a deposit for next session.)

What to expect at the ending session (last session):

  • Endings are very important.
  • We need to complete one chapter to be able to go onto the next and that is the same with counselling.
  • Once you have come to the end of your counselling, it is a good idea to have an end session to say goodbye and to put that part of your life to bed.
  • Remember that you can still come back to counselling at a later date.
  • At the end of this session you only have to pay the outstanding amount of £20.

My private practice is called:

SJ Private Counselling and sessions are via Zoom

Training, qualifications & experience

    Dealing with Anger

Level 2 Cert in Counselling Skills

Level 3 Cert Counselling Studies

Level 4 Dip Therapeutic Counselling

Multi Agency Safeguarding Children Foundation Training Level 2

Inner child work

Thurrock safeguarding adults

Engaging with Families

Compassion Focused Therapy Workshop given by Dr Mary Welford

OCD and Hoarding Workshop

Suicide Awareness Course

Dynamic Risk Assessment Course

Fire Marshal Training Course

Level 2 Understanding Behaviour that challenges

Bereavement and loss awareness training

Charging for therapy - Cathy Towers

What are you offering - Martin Hogg

Self-care and vicarious Trauma

Level 2 Safeguarding Children Training

Prevent E-learning

Certificate of Proficiency BACP Reg

Level 2 Cert in Understanding Autism

Children, Young People and Families 2020

Keeping Clients at the centre:inform your practice with the latest research

Working with Bereavement and complex grief

The impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities: Establishing culturally appropriate support

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Identify the patterns undermining your confidence

Introduction to talking therapy outside

Member organisations


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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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial phone call is free and normally lasts 20mins.

I offer online counselling via Zoom

First Step session are £40, I do ask for a deposit of £40 for the first step session, this will need to be made on the initial call or within 48 hours after making the appointment. This is to secure the session. If this isn't done, I will take it that you no longer want the session.

Weekly Sessions are £40. I do ask for a £20 deposit for every session booked to show your commitment to the process.

If you are a student or on a low income, then please ask me about my sliding scale and we may be able to come to an arrangement that best fits your financial situation.

Cancellation or DNA (Did not attend):

Should you need to cancel an appointment please give me a minimum of 48 hours before your session, If 48 hours notice isn't given or you DNA, you will lose your £40 deposit for the First Step session and £20 deposit for weekly sessions

Payment can be paid by: Cash, Bank transfer, Card, Invoice


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Working hours

Mon: 10am-5pm

Tues: 4pm-6pm

Wed: 10am-5.30pm

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Sarah-Jane Archer

Sarah-Jane Archer