'Soul Asylum' Counselling & Psychotherapy (Sarah-Jane Hart)
Are you looking for a safe harbour from life’s rough seas?
Or are you just chewing on life’s gristle, rather than licking the lid of life?!
I’m an experienced, compassionate, down-to-earth counsellor, offering a head sanctuary while you deal with life’s laundry.
Good quality counselling, where you feel really listened to and understood, gives you the opportunity to clarify your thoughts, make sense of your feelings, make choices about any changes you may want to make in life, and achieve a sense of resolution and peace.
Hi, my name is Sarah-Jane.
Whether you are new to counselling, or returning, meeting a new counsellor can be daunting, and so I’ve written a few words, to give you a flavour of how I work. The most important aspect of counselling is whether we are a good ‘fit’ for each other. I’m an experienced, compassionate, down-to-earth counsellor, so hopefully we can work together to explore whatever you want to talk about. You are welcome to email, text or call me for more information.
I have always been interested in people; how their lives and choices are shaped over the years, and how people make sense of the world, respond to one another and behave in relationships.
Originally I studied Psychology and then mental health nursing, but was looking for something less medical and clinical; more individualised, caring and empowering. The path led me to counselling.
The Person-Centred way of counselling attracted me because I believe real and lasting change comes from within. In this approach, the counsellor doesn’t advise or direct, but instead offers a genuine, empathic, non-judgemental relationship, and a safe, thoughtful space to explore and reflect. I am happy to work creatively if you wish.
One of the most important aspect of counselling is the relationship between client and counsellor. It is therefore important that you find the right counsellor for you, at this time. With this in mind, I offer an initial, optional, 25 minute session for £10, to give you the flexibility to meet me and gauge whether you would feel comfortable working together.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a counsellor at a local charity for children and young people aged 12-26, and at a local University's Counselling Department.
Prior to this, I have been a counsellor for CRUSE Loss & Bereavement, Southampton University staff and students, ‘It’s your Choice’ for young people, and ‘City’ community counselling. I have experience working in NHS mental health settings, (forensic, substance (mis)use and community). I am also a clinical supervisor for other counsellors, helping to guide their client work.
I hold professional indemnity insurance, and have a current enhanced DBS check. I comply with General Data Protection Regulation (2018) and am ICO Registered. I am a registered and Accredited member of the ‘British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (BACP), and am bound by their professional code of ethics.
OCN Diploma in Supervision,
a BA (Hons) Degree, (1st), in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy,
a Psychology BSc (Hons) Degree,
a Post grad Diploma (partial) in mental health nursing,
and a P.G.C.E. (Qualified Teacher Status).
I have further training in Person-Centred Couples Counselling, and have completed
the CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
(Optional) 25 minute Initial Appointment £10.
Thereafter: £40 for individuals, £50 total for couples, per 50 minute session.
£60 per 1.5 hours for counselling supervision.
Payment is by cash or most bank cards, at the start of each session.
Initial Appointment (optional):
I offer a 25 minute initial appointment, with no obligation to commit to further sessions. This offers the opportunity for you to get a sense of how I work, whether I am the right counsellor for you, and to ask any questions that you may have.
Thereafter, if you choose to return, or if you've started with a full session, the number of subsequent sessions is determined by you, and is reviewed each time we meet.
Day and evening appointments may be available.
Located in The Avenue, Southampton, with free parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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