Sarah-Jane Archer MBACP, Dip.Couns - Integrative Therapist
I'm now offering face to face counselling sessions (COVID-19 Safe) but this will be clients choice. I will still be offering video calls for clients who would prefer this.
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.
I am a qualified counsellor with over 5 years experience. I specialise in anxiety and bereavement counselling, I also offer general counselling (below are the areas of counselling I deal with). I have worked with all different ages from children to adults, who have 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.)
My private practice is call: SJ Private Counselling
Counselling room: Counselling sessions will take place in a lovely log cabin situated in a beautiful garden, which can be accessed by the shared drive, (Stanford-le-hope.).
Directions: The 5A and 5B bus travel through Stanford-le-hope. The Stanford-le-hope train station is over a mile away from the counselling room. If you are driving there are no parking restrictions in the area.
Disclosure: There is a railway line behind the log cabin, that runs infrequently, which you can hear in the counselling room, this wouldn’t affect the counselling process . There is also no toilet access.
What happens after you have made an enquiry with me:
- By email? I will try to get 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.
- 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.
- By text/Whatapp/FB Messenger ? I will try to get 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.
Once you have replied back confirming a time slot for your free initial phone call. I will call you at said time.
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 first step session. 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 I will need a £20 deposit to confirm your booking of the initial Session within 48 hours of making the booking.
What to expect at the initial session?
- Face to face: You’ll sign the contract once you are at the session and confirm you want to start the counselling process. Please understand you can change your mind at any time to stop counselling. 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 take some notes in this session. The session is for 50min. If you agree to more sessions, then the session would be the same time weekly. Or 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. If you do go a head and want more counselling then you pay £40 at the end of this session. That is for the outstanding amount and a deposit for next session.
Please visit my website for my COVID-19 Secure information sjprivatecounselling.wordpress.com/covid-19/
- Video call (In light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 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. Or you 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.
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 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- How to do counselling online: a coronavirus
- Prevent e-learning training course
- Level 2 Safeguarding Children Training
- Self-care and vicarious Trauma
- Bereavement and loss awareness training
- Level 2 Understanding Behaviour that challenges
- Fire Marshal Training Course
- Dynamic Risk Assessment Course
- Suicide Awareness Course
- OCD and Hoarding Workshop
- Compassion Focused Therapy Workshop given by Dr Mary Welford
- Level 4 Dip Therapeutic Counselling
- Thurrock safeguarding adults
- Inner Child Work
- Level 3 Cert Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Cert in Counselling Skills
- Dealing with Anger
- Emergency Paediatric First Aid
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
Initial phone call is free and normally lasts 20mins.
In light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) I'm offering video call sessions.
The First Step Session is £40, I do ask for a deposit of £20 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 fit 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 £20 deposit
Payment can be paid by: Cash, Bank transfer, Card, Invoice
Concessions offered for
Please visit my website for my COVID-19 Secure face to face counselling information: sjprivatecounselling.wordpress.com/covid-19/