Hi, I'm Sarah - I am calm, friendly and professional. If you are struggling right now, talking things through with me could help. Maybe you have been feeling down for some time but don't know why, maybe you often feel overwhelmed by anxiety, or you have experienced some trauma in your past; perhaps you have an addiction you cannot control or you are having problems in your relationship; whatever the reason is that has brought you here, contacting me will be the first step you take to take back control of your life.
I won't judge, I will listen, and I will use my training and experience to try and help you. I respect that each client is an individual who has a unique set of life experiences, and a unique response to them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling - this enables me to practice as a Counsellor
- NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BSc Honours Degree in Biology
I am a registered member of the professional body, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I work in-line with their ethics and standards, ensuring that my practice is ethical and safe for my clients. I also hold an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate.
I have experience of offering short-term counselling (6-8 sessions), and long-term counselling (open ended). In my current practice I offer largely longer-term counselling but we can discuss this at your initial session and decide what suits you best at this time.
I have worked with clients who have experienced:
- Mild obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Long-term physical health problems; including colitis, diabetes and chronic pain
- Relationship problems
- Fertility/ pregnancy problems
- Domestic abuse
- Childhood abuse (including sexual)
- Sexual violence
I have also attended training courses and workshops on the following:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Creative techniques in psychotherapy
- Narrative therapy
- Safeguarding (for vulnerable adults and children)
- Adult attachment behaviour
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
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
Sessions last up to 1 hour long.
Each session costs £40. It is usual to have a session each week, but we can discuss what suits you best at your initial session.