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About me

Hello, I’m Sarah. I’m a qualified counsellor and coach, based in North Kent. I work online exclusively, so it doesn’t matter where you’re based, we’ll still be able to work together if I'm the counsellor for you. 

While I work with a wide range of people and areas, my particular passion is supporting people who are childless-not-by-choice or who are affected by infertility. 

My passion and deep understanding of the issues we face in the therapy room, comes from lived experience. I provide an environment, where you can feel supported and safe because of that awareness.

I work on a short term or long term basis, depending on your needs and with flexibility in mind, because life still happens outside the therapy room. 

Childlessness can often be the trigger for seeking help, but I find that many times there is so much more going on then just that. I have experience of the following circumstances too:

  • Anxiety, worry
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • IVF or other fertility treatments
  • Hysterectomy or other major surgery
    Menopause
  • Sudden changes in circumstances, such as the loss of a job, divorce
  • Feeling lost, a lack of motivation or just feeling dissatisfied with life in general
  • Low confidence, low self-esteem or self-worth

I’m a person-centred counsellor, which means the sessions focus on you and your view of the world. In essence, you’re the expert on you, I’m just here to walk alongside and safely support you, as you explore and work through things.

Working online

I work online using Zoom or over the telephone. 

During the initial consultation, we will explore what you would like to achieve with counselling and we will agree to an initial number of sessions. 

Usually, when working with someone that is childless-not-by-choice, we start with 12 sessions and then regularly review to see if you would like to end before this or continue on a more long term basis. 

Given the deeper nature of childlessness, this can sometimes be months or years, but it's in your control to pause, stop or continue. 

I offer weekly, fortnightly and monthly sessions. 

The first session

I start with a free initial consultation for approximately 30 minutes. 

This is your opportunity to share your expectations of counselling, ask me any questions and get a feel for whether I'm the counsellor for you.

This is perhaps the most important part of the process because it's vital to choose the right counsellor for you. The relationship and trust that is developed is integral to supporting you while you work through things. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB level 2 certificate in counselling skills
  • CPCAB level 3 certificate in counselling studies
  • CPCAB level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling.
  • Volunteer counsellor at Herne Bay Counselling Service 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My specialism is working with people who are childless-not-by-choice, whether that is due to infertility, by circumstance or many of the other reasons people find themselves a part of this community. 

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

I charge £45 per 50 minute session 

33 Hill View Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7NB

Type of session

Online
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