Sarah Middleton BACP (Accredited) BSc AGSMD
In my experience taking the initial step and speaking to a professional counsellor in complete confidence can bring with it a real sense of relief. But taking those first steps to seek counselling can feel very difficult, particularly when you are in the midst of emotional difficulties or relationship problems and suffering either from depression, anxiety or maybe just suffering from a general feeling of unease. These may be feelings that you find difficult to talk to others about, or which they in turn might find difficult to understand.
As your counsellor, I can provide a space where you can be accepted and enabled to explore your difficulties without being judged. My experience means that I am professional, resilient and reliable, and able to work with you to explore the current issues that are giving you problems. Often these present day problems are rooted in the past, although you may not be aware of this link, therefore counselling seeks to understand how past experiences, relationships and feelings are being replayed in the present and causing you problems.
In the counselling process, and, in particular, in the relationship between counsellor and client, patterns of relating emerge, inner thoughts and feelings can be explored and understood. This then allows for personal insight, growth and the possibility of change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP (Accredited) Counsellor and senior NHS Clinician working in SW London weekdays and evenings. If the working week is too difficult for clients I can see clients on Saturday mornings.
BSc in Integrative Counselling.
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
To ensure that I can provide an effective service, I have regular supervision for my client work, and continue to work on my own professional development, through training workshops.
As well as having my own private practice I work as a counsellor at an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) clinic in Sutton. I worked as a counsellor at a London University. For many years I worked as a counsellor at a counselling charity in Sutton, where I trained in counselling assessment and continue to work as part of the assessment team.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
One of the key areas of my work is couples counselling.
I have a particular interest and experience in counselling individuals and couples with issues concerning fertility.
I have an interest and experience concerning young onset dementia, especially the rare forms of dementia
Issues related to acting and performance
I offer short term or long term face to face counselling, for individuals and couples.
Each session lasts 50 minutes for Individuals - £60
Each session lasts 60 minutes for Couples - £95
Individuals - £70
Couples - £100
I can offer (if necessary) online counselling via Skype or FaceTime.
I work from my home in Southfields, both East Putney & Southfields District Line stations are equidistant, a 10 minute walk..