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MSc MBACP MNCS (Accred) Adult, Couples & Teen Counsellor

About me

Hi, I’m Sarah, I offer a warm counselling service in-person in Hale, near Altrincham, Cheshire or online by Zoom or phone.

I'm qualified to Masters level and I use a tailored approach to support adults, couples and teenagers with a broad range of issues.

I offer you a free initial phone consultation.

Why you might be thinking of counselling..

It’s very natural to feel worried, down, confused and frustrated at some time in our lives, most of us do. The stresses of modern life, particularly the challenges of the past couple of years, can simply become too much. When unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours start to affect your life and relationships with those around you, it may be time to consider getting help to make sense of what’s going on. I will help you to gain the insight and clarity to find a positive way forward.

My focus is relationships..

My interest is relationships; whether with ourselves, a partner/spouse, our parents or children. 

I often work with couples and individuals who are experiencing relationship issues and who may be facing difficult decisions about the future.  I also help clients through the process of moving on from separation or divorce including navigating the often daunting process of dating and forming new relationships after the end of a long relationship.

Relationship satisfaction has a profound effect on our wellbeing and ability to flourish in life. I use a combination of therapeutic approaches tailored to your needs, to help you find ways to overcome relationship challenges and find more contentment.

My approach..

I tailor my approach to your needs and I adapt it as necessary so that I am always supporting you in the best way possible.  I use a combination of counselling approaches and can also use positive psychology and behavioural tools and strategies to help you work towards achieving the change you desire.

A little about my prior experience..

I have a rich and varied life experience which helps me to understand and connect with my clients.  I have enjoyed previous careers in the corporate sector and in the NHS as a midwife and in education as a secondary school teacher. This prior experience means that I am well placed to work with issues around pregnancy and the postnatal period as well as with women's health issues more generally. As a teacher I gravitated to the pastoral aspects of the role and now I am able to bring my experience with young people in schools to my work in counselling teenagers.

In addition, I understand the particular demands of the health and education sectors and am particularly happy to support those working within these sectors.

Please do get in touch..

I am warm and empathetic, and clients have described me as calm, compassionate and understanding. I aim to make you feel at ease quickly and offer you a safe supportive space to explore your concerns.

It's important to find the right counsellor, please do get in touch so that we can have a chat to see how we might work together and how I can offer the support you're looking for.

I currently have both daytime and evening availability.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Degree in Counselling & Positive Psychology

MBACP and MNCS (Accred.)

Certificate in Couples Counselling

Diploma in Working with Sex Addiction, Couples and Individuals (currently completing)

Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling

PGCE in Secondary Education 11-18 years and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

DipHE in Midwifery

BSc Hons Information Technology

In addition to my work in private practice, I work as a counsellor for a group of GP practices and with an NHS Trust providing counselling to staff. 

In these roles I have gained a broad experience of counselling clients with issues including depression and anxiety; grief and loss; relationship issues including communication issues, contemplating divorce and post-divorce/separation and co-parenting/children issues; domestic abuse; postnatal depression and birth trauma; infertility; self-esteem and confidence issues; life transitions and changes; existential fear/life meaning; social isolation.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Moving on from divorce
  • Navigating dating and new relationships after the end of a long relationship
  • Sex addiction/ compulsive sexual behaviour - I also work with partners 
  • Life transitions, mid-life issues
  • Pregnancy and birth anxiety, birth trauma, postnatal depression, transition to becoming a parent
  • Menopause and women's health issues
  • Parenting difficulties,  Co-parenting issues
  • School issues
  • Social anxiety and feelings of isolation
  • Issues arising from Covid,  anxiety,  long Covid etc.

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individuals £60  per 50 minute session 

Couples £85 per 50 minute session

Teenagers £40 per 35 minute session 

I offer a free 20 minute initial telephone consultation, which provides a good opportunity for you to tell me a little about the issues that have brought you to seek counselling and provides the chance for you to ask any questions you may have.

We can explore what you hope to achieve from counselling and how we might best work together towards these goals.

This initial chat allows us to begin to get to know each other and helps you to decide if you feel that I am the counsellor to offer the support you are looking for. 

When I work

I currently have both daytime and evening appointments available face-to-face in Hale,  Altrincham or online by Zoom.

Further information

I work in person as part of a group practice of professional therapists in spacious, comfortable and private therapy rooms at the Hale Village Therapy Centre, in the heart of Hale village close to Altrincham in South Manchester.

The rooms are very conveniently located within easy reach of the neighbouring towns of Manchester, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Sale, Worsley, Lymm and Warrington as well as the wider North West region via motorway network at the nearby M56 junctions 6-7. 

Hale Village Therapy Centre, 213 Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15 9TB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom