Sarah Leach BA (Hons), PCGE,PG Dip, MBACP
Im Sarah and Im a fully qualified counselling psychotherapist based in Harrogate. We all encounter difficult periods in our lives, where we can feel overwhelmed or confused. Times where we feel stuck and as if nobody understands, even those closest to us. Deciding to access counselling is a positive step towards getting some support and moving forward. It can help if you need to offload, to feel accepted, to focus thoughts, look for solutions to problems ,or to build skills in coping with stress or anxiety. It can help you to discover your inner resources, and be more comfortable with yourself. I believe that the most effective kind of therapy is uniquely tailored to each person, and i draw upon my masters level training in a variety of models to find the path that works the most effectively for you.
I offer a wealth of experience and open ended counselling governed by your needs and time frame. My therapy space is a relaxed and comfortable environment in which we can build a warm professional relationship. Clients tell me I am warm and welcoming that I have a sense of humour and make them think!I Understand that taking those first steps can be daunting so please, feel free to phone me for a chat and I can help you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.I would be happy to hear from you and about you.
Please see my website for more information about how I can help and support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and have a masters level Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) from Leeds Beckett University. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Standards and Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I am also a fully qualified and experienced teacher and an NHS trained therapeutic practitioner for special needs.
Experience and specialism
I started my career in teaching working in both primary and secondary schools, as well as the museum service. I trained in special needs with the local authority and the NHS, and worked for many years in a person -centred college as a therapeutic teacher.
Disability and Neurodiversity
I am highly experienced and trained in working with children and adults with physical disabilities and neurodiversity in helping to find ways to be heard. I have worked with clients with cerebral palsy and MND around issues of anger and isolation and I am committed to the disability rights movement. My therapy space is a ground floor room with ramp access.
As an adoptive parent myself, and the daughter of an adopted person, I can offer an understanding of what you may be struggling with at any point during the adoption process, and particularly beyond. I regularly update my training in this area and I am a peer mentor for One Adoption West Yorkshire.
Parents/Carers of children with disabilities/Adoptive Parents
I have worked extensively supporting parents of disabled children and adoptive parents who frequently neglect their own needs.
Counselling, more than anything, gives you the space and permission to prioritise yourself.
In your special role you have often grown used to putting others before yourselves as a matter of course. It can become easy to lose sight of who you are, and what you need to keep you well. I am committed to giving you the space to discover where YOU are, in amongst the many needs and demands of others.
Bereavement and terminal illness
I am experienced bereavement counsellor and undertook my clinical placement in a hospice. I have successfully helped many people through the devastating experience of adapting to the loss of significant people in their lives.
I have been privileged to support people through their feelings of fear and anger around their terminal diagnosis and assisted them in their explorations of spirituality and meaning.
Many people find that their lives are lacking in meaning, they wish to explore the possibility of a richer inner life but are afraid to discuss this openly. Others struggle with some aspects of their particular religion and feel they would benefit from voicing those concerns and working them through. Sometimes existential concerns can cause us anxiety which impacts surprisingly on our daily lives. I understand this and am experienced in helping people to find their own answers to reduce that anxiety.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Adoptive Parents, Parents of Children with Disabilities, Cult Survivors, School Refusal, Neurodiversity.
£40 for a 50 minute session Daytime, £45 evenings and weekends.
Concessions available in certain circumstances
Evening and weekend sessions may be available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday to Friday 8:30 am to 10:00pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|