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Sarah McMaster

BA (Hons) Person Centred Counsellor & Supervisor. Reg. MBACP

About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and supervisor currently offering appointments in central Lancaster. My therapeutic approach is person centred, which means I work with each client as an individual and work at a pace which feel right for them. My practice is effective and ethical, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a qualified nurse (RGN) currently working in higher education.

People come to see me for many reasons, it may be that something has happened in their life which they are finding very difficult to live with, this could be something that has happened recently or something which happened a long time ago but which has never been resolved, or maybe even acknowledged. Often people are suffering feelings which seem impossible to shift, these could be feelings of grief, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, fear and confusion.

Sometimes it is not an event that brings people to counselling but a feeling of not having purpose or of being stuck and of wanting to experience change and growth in their lives.

It can be hard to talk to friends and family about how we really feel, we may worry that we are being a burden to them or feel that they will not understand or that they will judge us in some way, sometimes this can make us feel very alone and we can begin to lose hope of ever feeling better. Counselling can help you by providing a safe, supportive space for you to explore your feelings in confidence with someone who cares but will not judge you.

Clients have told me that having the opportunity to talk honestly, openly and without judgement about how they are feeling has given them a great sense of relief and acceptance. As therapy progresses and trust grows many clients find they are able to work through their thoughts and feelings, make sense of them and begin to find a way forward. Working with a skilled, careful and respectful therapist can help get to the root of problems, bring about change and restore hope, which may have previously seemed impossible.

I work with clients experiencing a range of issues including:

  • anxiety / panic
  • anger
  • low mood / depression
  • trauma
  • relationship problems
  • grief & loss
  • workplace stress
  • recovery from addiction
  • the impact of cancer diagnosis / treatment
  • other physical health problems, including chronic conditions and terminal illness

If you want to know more about how I work or how counselling may help you please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Training / qualifications:

  • First Class  degree in counselling - BA (Hons) Person Centred Therapy gained at University of Cumbria
  • Post graduate (L7) in Clinical Supervision
  • Trauma training - Positive Outcomes for Dissociation Survivors (PODS)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Working with bereaved clients - BACP
  • Working with addiction - BACP
  • Understanding Dementia - University of Tasmania
  • Motivational Interviewing - Macmillan
  • Safeguarding children
  • Safeguarding adults

Experience:

  • Seven years in private practice seeing clients with a variety of problems. I keep my client caseload deliberately small so I can successfully balance my time between my counselling work and my lecturing work. I have also found a smaller caseload makes for a higher quality of therapy, so when you attend for therapy with me you can be assured of a genuinely individualised service focused on you and what you need from therapy.
  • Providing person centred counselling to clients in recovery from alcohol / drug addiction within a residential addiction recovery unit.
  • Providing counselling within a free / reduced cost long established local counselling service, seeing clients presenting with a wide range of issues for long term therapy.
  • Managing therapeutic services for a local cancer support service and providing counselling to clients (patients or carers) affected by cancer or bereavement.
  • Employee Assistance Program work - offering time limited counselling for clients experiencing difficulties at work, these may be problems directly associated with work or more personal problems which are impacting upon work.
  • Supervision of student and qualified counsellors

I am a registered member of the British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework and hold appropriate insurance.

I am also a qualified nurse (R.G.N) registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) with over thirty years experience. Having previously specialised in palliative care I am now a Nurse Lecturer on the BSc undergraduate nursing programmes at a local university.

I practice continuing professional development, if you have any queries about my qualifications or experience please just ask.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

Fees are £45.00 per session and sessions are for a full hour, not 50 minutes.

If you have any specific inquires about counselling I am always happy to answer these via telephone or e-mail prior to making a first session appointment.

If after a first session you feel you do not wish to carry on with counselling there is no obligation to book any further sessions.

The number of sessions needed varies for each individual, this is something we can discuss and review regularly together.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

If you have any questions about the way I work or about counselling in general please just call or e-mail me and I will get back to you with answers.

If you are unsure if counselling is for you I would be happy to discuss this with you on the phone or via e-mail before arranging a session.

Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Premises are wheelchair accessible.

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Please contact me if you wish to ask about current availability for supervision.

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Sarah McMaster

Sarah McMaster