Sarah Laycock

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MBACP, MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, PG Dip, BSc Hons
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Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hey, I’m Sarah. I’m a neurodivergent counselling psychotherapist offering sessions on the telephone, via Zoom or face-to-face within the Craven and Pendle area.

As a neurodivergent individual with chronic illnesses, I understand how quickly things can feel out of your control. Considering counselling and looking at counsellors is an important step to finding yourself again, and looking through the wealth of counsellors out there can feel intimidating. For me, finding someone who understood and accepted my differences was important, someone I could connect with and trust was paramount. Hopefully, I can ease some of that overwhelm with explaining a little about me, my practice and how we can work together to make the changes and reach the goals you have.

Often we shoulder our burdens for far longer than we should but we manage… until we don’t. Friends and family are great support systems most of the time but sometimes they’re not enough which is where counselling can help.

Being autistic informs my practice in a number of ways, from my understanding to my working hours and gives me a different insight into your problems and experiences. I am qualified in Psychotherapy and Counselling which affords me the varied skillset to draw from multiple disciplines, techniques and modalities to tailor and personalise your therapeutic experience to your specific needs and problems. I work collaboratively alongside my clients in a non-judgemental environment to allow them the safety and comfort to explore their problems at their own pace, providing support and stability until they have built a skillset and feel empowered to face things on their own again.

I am passionate about neurodivergence and disability with vast personal and professional experience with Autism and ADHD specifically.

My core values include respect, collaboration, trust, authenticity and balance.

I work integratively with children aged 5 years+, teenagers, adults and older adults in person and remotely but I have a preference to see children face to face where possible to allow for more creative working.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Masters Level 7)  from Leeds University
  • PGDip Psychotherapy and Counselling from Leeds University
  • BSc (Hons) Level 5 Psychology and Counselling

Experience

  • Bereavement Supporter with Cruse Bereavement Care, focusing on complex grief and health needs.
  • Counsellor with Open Door service supporting vulnerable members of society within Lancashire.
  • I complete regular professional development in line with professional body regulations in areas that benefit clients and broadens my understanding to be reflected within my practice. I attend monthly supervision with an advanced level supervisor and I'm fully insured.  
    I hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate working frequently with primary school aged children across a range of topics including self-esteem, family, making friends, growing up, and emotions. 
  • I know basic Makaton (to level 3) and British Sign Language (BSL) however I am not yet proficient and I am undertaking both to a higher level. 

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

Creative Therapy 

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session

Free no-obligation initial 15 minute consultation appointment

Concessionary fees offered to counselling trainees and those on low income

When I work

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Afternoon
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I can be flexible with my working hours to find a mutually beneficial time to meet, please email me for current availability.

Further information

I am bound by the ethical guidelines and professional integrity of the BACP who are my chosen governing body and set forth the professional governing codes and rules I adhere to.

I receive regular clinical supervision from an advanced level counsellor.

I attend regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in client-led areas to ensure I am working with the most current, relevant information and keep skills up-to-date.

I am fully insured and comply with the GDPR regulations, 2018.

I hold a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and frequently work with primary school aged children.

Please see my website for more information.

Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Sarah Laycock
Sarah Laycock