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.
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.
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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£45 for an individual 50 minute session.
Student counsellors - £30 for a 50 minute session.
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|
There is disabled access into the building and there is a lift within the building along with a disabled toilet on the 4th floor where my office is based.
I have appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesday afternoons and evenings, Thursday morning, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Types of client