Sarah Lewis (Reg.MBACP)
Thank you for reading my profile. My name is Sarah and I am a fully qualified counsellor working in both the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
I am an experienced counsellor with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. I work integratively which means I draw on a variety of theoretical models (including person centred, cognitive behaviour therapy, gestalt and transactional analysis) in order to meet the individual needs of each client in a unique and personal way. As a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I work within their ethical framework for good practice.
I understand how difficult it can be finding a counsellor or coming to therapy for the first time. I also believe that having the right therapist is vital to successful counselling. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with the challenges in our lives and need a place where we can have some space to think about ourselves without fear of being judged or criticised.
I believe that we all have the answers within ourselves and by being listened to in a respectful way we can come up with our own solutions. There often isn’t a quick fix but by working together and allowing yourself time for you, I believe change is possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. I work integratively which means I draw on a variety of theoretical models (including Person Centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis) in order to meet the individual needs of each client in a unique and personal way. As a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within their ethical framework for good practice.
For many years I have worked in a supporting role within the domestic violence and sexual violence sectors, specialising in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and harm. My work has involved counselling, crisis work and advocacy. I have worked with Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS), Women’s Aid and currently work as a counsellor with men and women at SV2 (formally Derbyshire Rape Crisis). I have additional training and experience in working with trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).I have undertaken specific training in womens health and issues possibly affecting women including hormonal imbalances, menopause, hysterectomy, miscarriage and infant loss.
I have experience in working with children and young adults in both private and school settings with CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People). This work has been with young people aged 6 -25 years and their families. I have completed further training in working with Looked After Children, child development, separation, loss and attachment, managing behaviours, diversity and identity, child abuse and safer caring. Counselling sessions for young people offer a chance to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours which are causing distress and learn how to make changes to improve wellbeing. I have a varied experience of working with many issues that can affect life during adolescence. If you wish to discuss your own or your child's situation please get in touch.
I have enhanced National Security vetting NPPV Level 2.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
£40 for a 50 min session.
Free 30 minute, no obligation introductory meeting.
Discounted fees for students.
Concessions offered for
I feel it is important to tailor the counselling sessions to suit the needs of the individual, working with creativity, compassion and consideration.
I have my own experience of counselling and understand the courage it takes to reach out for support- so by reading this you have made the first step.
If you would like to arrange an initial meeting please call, text or email me. We can then set up a free initial session where we can talk about what you want to get out of counselling. This gives you the chance to ask any questions to see how you feel about us working together. If you are happy to continue we can then arrange a second session.