Sarah Murray Counsellor & Supervisor of Moment by Moment Counselling
Due to my counselling room being smaller social distancing is not possible therefore I am currently continuing to offer sessions by phone or video, until it is safe to return to face to face sessions. I would like to share that many clients still find this way of working very beneficial and worthwhile. I understand this may not feel ideal for everyone, If you are interested in working with me, but would prefer to wait until we can meet in person, please feel free to get in touch to let me know and I may be able to hold a space open for you.
Whether you have been for counselling before or this is your first experience, I understand that making the first contact and attending the first session can feel like a daunting prospect. It is often the first step to talking about a problem, something you dislike about your current situation, uncomfortable feelings or something from your past. I cannot tell you how brave I believe you are, even just to be reading this profile shows you are considering taking this big step to helping yourself.
My experience is that clients come to counselling for many different reasons and often want to gain something different from sessions, here are some examples:
- Some clients are experiencing difficult feelings they do not understand and do not know how to change, such as anxiety, depression, having panic attacks or feeling sad. They want a space to explore these feelings together, to understand them better and find ways of coping.
- Some clients come with a very clear idea of what they wish to talk about, for example if they have experienced a bereavement, trauma, family issues or relationship breakdown or have a difficult decision they’re facing and want a space to process their feelings to support them to move forward.
- Others feel they benefit from a weekly space that is just for them, perhaps they don’t have a close friend or partner they feel they can open up to and find counselling helpful to offload and process what they are experiencing week to week.
- Others perhaps don’t feel they have a particular ‘problem’ but feel they would like space to do some personal work, to understand themselves better, to learn and develop. For example in this scenario clients have a sense of something underlying and when they attend counselling they are not sure what is going to come out of it until they begin to open up. This has often resulted in clients uncovering something holding them back in life, exploration of how they are in relationships or a consideration of their personal boundaries and self care.
Long story short, there is no right or wrong reason to come for counselling, some clients find as little as 6 sessions helpful, whereas others attend longer term for several months or years. If you’re reading this page there is something within you that is feeling ready and is considering that you might find having this space helpful. Working with a wide variety of clients has shown me how fragile life can be and the difficulties it can unknowingly throw at us. I believe I am a kind, gentle, caring person and that I can provide you with a safe space to reflect on and explore your feelings. Whatever you bring to counselling, please feel reassured that I will listen with an open mind, without judgement and we will always go at your own pace.
At Moment by Moment Counselling my aim is that you will leave each session feeling listened to, cared for and valued, truly for being you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and I am also a qualified Counselling Supervisor. I am a registered member of the BACP and fully insured.
I have over ten years experience within a therapeutic environment, as a listener, a supporter and a counsellor. Alongside private practice I have worked in a variety of roles:
- Empowering adults with learning disabilities to be more independent
- Supporting adults and young people affected by homelessness in a drop-in day centre and in residential supported accommodations
- Counselling within a service for those affected by cancer
- Counselling within a holistic health and well-being centre
- Counselling young people affected by sexual violence
- Managing a counselling service for black, minority ethnic women and girls
- Managing a counselling service for young survivors of sexual violence
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you feel your reason for counselling is not listed above, as previously stated clients come to counselling for a variety of different reasons.
Although I work with adults of all ages, I am particularly experienced and skilled at building therapeutic relationships with young adults (16+) suffering with anxiety. As with all clients, I enjoy being with them on their journey; learning more about themselves, growing in confidence and self-acceptance, which in turn allows them to feel comfortable and be the person they want to be.
Counselling is £50 per session which can be paid by bank transfer on the day of the session.
Please note: The full cost of the session applies for cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice as I am usually unable to fill the appointment at such short notice.
Please don't hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or would like to book an initial appointment:
Text or phone: 07496448176
Or simply click on the message me button on this page.
Please note that I do not check my emails or phone over the weekend, but if you'd like to contact me on a Saturday or Sunday please feel free to leave me a message and I'll get back to you on Monday.