Sarah Metianu MBACP Registered Counsellor
I believe counselling is a collaborative process and that my role as your counsellor is to support and work alongside you as you begin to speak about, unravel and come to terms with the different aspects of your life. Counselling can help you in managing your current situation and look at new ways of coping, but I also believe it can help by giving you insight, a fresh perspective, deeper understanding and increasing self-acceptance on your past life experiences.
There are many reasons you might have for coming for counselling; whatever yours are, I hope to offer you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive setting. I've had counselling myself at difficult times in my life and so appreciate its value, as well as the importance of finding the right counsellor for you.
My approach is integrative - this means I work within a variety of therapeutic approaches, allowing me to draw on the elements that I feel will work best for you. Counselling is a collaborative process and my aim is to work with you so that you get the most out of our time together. I also offer sandplay therapy - sandplay is a non-verbal way of working using a sandbox with toy figures and symbols to create scenes of miniature worlds that may reflect and give a visual representation to some of your inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns.
I have experience of working with adults facing a number of difficulties and concerns, and offer both short or long-term counselling.
I offer a FREE 30-minute face-to-face meeting either in my counselling room at 21, St Cuthberts Street in the centre of Bedford or via phone or a Zoom call. This is to see how it might feel for us to work together, for you to ask any questions you may have, and to explore your hopes for therapy. Please contact me if you would like to arrange this.
* During the national lockdown I'm offering telephone and online video counselling sessions via Zoom. Once if feels safe to do so, I'll be returning to face-to-face sessions, including sandplay therapy. If you would like to find out more about the adjustments in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, please ask. *
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
- Certificate in Integrative Sandplay - ONGOING
- Level 5 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (ABC)
- Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Concepts (ABC)
- Level 2 Understanding Substance Misuse (CPCAB)
- Introduction to Counselling Young People
- BA Hons: Fine Art
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer an free 30-minute no obligation meeting
I feel that it's important for you to feel comfortable with me as your choice of counsellor. With this in mind I offer an initial 30-minute face-to-face meeting to see how it might feel for us to work together, for you to come to my therapy room and ask any questions you may have, and to explore your hopes for therapy.
Ongoing counselling costs £45 per session, each session is 50 minutes long
- I offer both short and long-term counselling
- Concessions are available (including a reduced £35 rate for student counsellors)
- Payment can be made by bank transfer, PayPal or in cash
I have a private practice at The Therapy Room, 21 St Cuthberts Street, in the centre of Bedford where I work from on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (including evenings) and Saturday mornings.
Concessions offered for
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (including evenings) and Saturdays