Sarah Lodge MBACP - BA (Hons)
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a counsellor working in Central Southend. My counselling practice is based within the University of Essex, which is right by Southend Central train stations and is close to all major bus routes into Southend.
Due to the current pandemic the University of Essex where my office is based is currently closed. Therefore at the moment I am currently offering face to face sessions at my temporary room at Prittlewell House only on a Friday and Saturday along with online session.
I am currently offering online sessions using Vsee or telephone counselling. I have completed an online with Online Therapy Institue 'for moving your therapy practice online'.
If you have never had online or telephone counselling before and have questions please feel free to email or call me and I will do my best to answer your questions.
I know through personal experience that the choice to contact a counsellor is rather daunting and scary. Therefore I can assure you that I will show you empathy, honesty and understanding, as well as providing a non-judgemental environment. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore past and present issues in a safe, confidential space.
Despite how daunting counselling may be I have seen that the first step is always worthwhile because I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the benefits of counselling.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist for both children and adults. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore I adhere to their ethical framework and code of conduct which is available from https://www.bacp.co.uk/.
I work in an integrative way which means that I use a variety of different techniques and skills which I tailor to fit your individual needs. This is because I believe every client is different and working integatively allows me to find the right approach for you. I combine techniques from the following approaches to counselling:
- Person Centred
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- TA (Transactional Analysis)
- Solution Focus
- Creative Techniques
- Play Therapy (for children & young people)
At the core of my practice is my belief that you are the only expert in your life. Therefore I believe that every person has the ability to change and that I can provide support and knowledge to help you develop skills that will empower you to cope better with life's challenges.
Training, qualifications & experience
My current qualifications are:
- BA Hons 1st class counselling degree
- Foundation degree in Counselling with distinction
- BACP Proficiency test
- Ascentis Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course. (Cruse Bereavement Care)
- Level 1 Mental Health Training (Mind).
- OCD (Obsessional Compulsive Disorder) 1 day training workshop.
- Living with a narcissist- 1 day training workshop.
- Working with addiction - 1 day training workshop.
- Level 2 in behaviour that challenges
- Note taking and report writing - 1 day training workshop.
- Understanding and working with suicide - 1 day training workshop.
- Treating generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks - 1 day workshop.
- GDPR - A guide for counsellors in private practice - evening workshop.
- Transactional analysis and inner child workshop - 5 day training (25 hours completed).
As part of my experience of being a volunteer counsellor at Place2be I undertook an introductory training course in working creatively with children and young people along with completing safeguarding training.
I volunteered as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care for over a year supporting many clients through the grieving process. Therefore I have a lot of experience working with bereavement, loss and attachment.
I have experience from being a learning support mentor at a college in this role I have supported teenagers and young adults all of whom have additional needs. These included supporting young people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, along with those who have mental health conditions and complex emotional and social needs. As part of my work at the college I have undertaken additional training in special education needs and safe guarding training.
Recently I have worked as a youth worker alongside my private counselling practice as part of this role I supported various different young people from all backgrounds with a variety of different needs. My youth worker role has given me firsthand experience in a local highschool in their chaplaincy office providing young people a safe space to chat and offload. In this role I have worked with families in helping to provide support to young people in need along with running clubs and providing mentoring for young people. I believe this experience is invauable for my counselling practice as I have a greater understanding of the issues young people are facing and have more experience in supporting young people with these issues.
As a registered member of the BACP I am required to undertake at least 35 hours of training each year and attend regular supervision.
I have a current enhanced DBS.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for an individual 50 minute session.
Student counsellors - £30 for a 50 minute session.
Payment methods can be either cash or bank transfer.
Concessions offered for
What happens next...
So once you have made an enquiry we will arrange an initial session. This initial session allows both of us to get to know each other, for us to discuss your needs along with you being able to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you and we can begin to explore what brought you to counselling.
Then if you decide I am the right counsellor for you we can arrange another session to suit your needs. Most clients begin with weekly sessions; however this is something we can discuss and tailor to your needs and lifestyle.
If you have any questions or queries that I have not answered on this page please feel free to call, text or email me. I am happy to help.