Sarah Lodge MBACP - BA (Hons)
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a counsellor working in Southend. My counselling practice is in a peaceful, private building not far from Prittlewell station and major bus routes into Southend.
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/therapist 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
- 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.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Work-related stress
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£40 for an individual 50 minute session.
Concessions for student counsellors are available.
Payment methods can be either cash or bank transfer.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have Availability on: Friday afternoon 2pm - 8pm Saturday morning 8am - 1pm But I also have other appointments available by arrangement please enquire for more details.
Types of client