Sarah Loeb MBACP(Accred)
0131 666 1688 / 07932 826602
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a qualified counselling supervisor and a COSCA accredited trainer. I have practised as a counsellor since 2000, working mainly for charities specialising in working with trauma. I have a private practice – ‘The Edinburgh Counselling Partnership’; I also run training courses on counselling.
I love working as a counsellor and feel passionate about the value of counselling. My clients say that it has resulted in improved self esteem and self belief, better mental health, improved relationships with others, and enhanced work performance.
I believe that the quality of relationship between therapist and client is imperative to the effectiveness of counselling. The relationship that develops between myself and the people I work with is at the core of how I practice. Honesty, trust, respect, understanding and empathy underpin my work. For me, a crucially important task in counselling is to offer a safe space where a person feels nurtured, well supported, able to take risks, where growth and development is possible and an indivdual feels secure enough to get in touch with more vulnerable parts of themself.
How Can Counselling Help?
Psychotherapy and counselling are processes which can help people to live more fulfilled and resourceful lives by providing a space that enables reflection and development.
This therapeutic space allows people to address and resolve specific problems, make decisions, cope with crises, and improve relationships.
My Counselling Approach
My counselling approach is integrative, based on a belief that we all have capacity to make meaning of our existence. I integrate the theories of Person Centred counselling, Psychodynamic counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) using the theory of Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). I am also influenced by gestalt and use mindfulness within sessions if appropriate .
I tailor my approach, to meet the specific needs of each individual I work with, choosing the theories I utilise accordingly.
A key aspect of my approach is the idea that we are able to change our perceptions of the world, that we can always find alternatives to the ways that we view life. Therapy is a process of personal growth, a way of moving on with life, of exploring meaning, and of experimenting with new ways of being in the world.
I charge a reduced fee of £35 for the first session. I use this time to allow us to explore together what you would like from counselling, what has led you to seek out counselling, and whether I am able to meet your needs as a counsellor. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the counselling process or how I work. Don't worry if you're not entirely sure of the reasons you want to come to counselling we can explore these together.
One of my clients once said to me that finding the right counsellor was like trying on shoes! You have try on a few before you find one that fits. It's really important that you feel happy to work with me. There is no obligation for you to return to counselling after the first introductory session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor / psychotherapist (MBACP Accred), a qualified clinical supervisor and a COSCA Accredited Trainer in Counselling Skills.
I began my counselling training in 1997 and started to work full time as a counsellor in 2000 particularly with people who have experienced trauma. I am currently working as a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist. I also work as a trainer, running a range of courses training professionals to work therapeutically
Before developing my private practice I was a senior counsellor managing a team of counsellors in a BACP-accredited service where I worked for 12 years. I also taught on a counselling diploma course and was the trainer for the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills: Substance Use and Dependence; an accrediated course which I developed.
I have undertaken and published research on the effects of counselling : ‘What difference does counselling make? The perceptions of drug using clients on low incomes’.(Edwards and Loeb (2011): Counselling and Psychotherapy Research). I have also delivered presentations on counselling, the impact of counselling and working with dependence at several conferences as an invited speaker.
I hold a BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, a certificate in counselling Supervision, PG Cert. in Community Education and an Honours Degree in Psychology. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Before qualifying as a counsellor, I worked as a sexual health worker and later with homeless young people. I also tutored in adult education specialising in self confidence and self esteem courses.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also provide counselling to those who are finding it difficult to cope with the changes that parenthood brings.
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Fees per session are as follows:
£55 per hour for individual counselling (I charge a reduced fee of £35 for the first session)
£55 per hour for couple or relationship counselling (minimum session time 1 hour 30 mins)
£55 per hour for family counselling (minimum session time 1 hour 30 mins)
£55-60 per hour for supervision
Reduced fees can be negotiated for those less able to pay.
Frequency of Counselling
This can be discussed and agreed at your first session. Most clients find counselling works best if they attend weekly. Sessions last one hour.
Confidentiality is paramount to my service. In most instances information shared within sessions will remain confidential, however there might be some things that I cannot keep confidential either for legal or ethical reasons, e.g. when someone is at risk of serious harm.
Exceptions to confidentiality will be clearly explained and discussed in the first counselling session.
I welcome People of all cultures, genders, sexual orientation,religious or ethnic backgrounds.
I work within and am accountable to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice. A full description can be found at: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
In line with BACP requirements I am professionally supervised. This helps to ensure that clients receive a professional and effective service.
My counselling location is in Leith which is within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre and served by major and frequent bus routes.
Free on street parking is also available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work flexibly and offer appointments in the daytime, evenings and at weekends. At the moment I'm busy so appointment times are limited. Please contact me to find out availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/Psychotherapist with a qualification in counselling supervision who specialises in supervising counsellors working with issues related to trauma and / or substance use.