Sarah Oak Dip. Couns. MBACP (Accredited)
Whilst social distancing remains in place, I am continuing to offer support and confidential service, working entirely remotely, through online, WhatsApp video call and telephone sessions.
I appreciate this may be a new and somewhat daunting way of undertaking counselling, so please feel free to contact me to discuss in more detail and have your questions answered.
We all experience good times and challenging times in our lives. Whilst the good times can feel happy and uplifting, the challenging times can bring us down and leave us feeling low or out of sync with ourselves. Counselling can help you to explore your difficulties, make sense of your emotions and re-connect with yourself.
I am a warm, caring and compassionate Therapist, offering a safe and private space for you to talk through your worries and share your thoughts and feelings openly, without being judged. I work integratively with a combination of therapeutic approaches which means that I will tailor the work to suit your individual needs and find an appropriate way forward, rather than working in a set and rigid way.
I have significant experience in working successfully with clients in areas including anxiety, relationship problems, low mood & depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, low self esteem, separation & divorce, eating difficulties & disorders, co-dependency, people pleasing, self harm and suicidal thoughts. For full details of areas of counselling I have experience of working with, please see below.
Therapeutic Coaching uses a combination of advanced counselling, CBT and solution focus to enable you to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and inner resource. It concentrates on the present and future in order to identify goals, consider obstacles, activate positive decision making and implement rehearsal techniques to achieve your required outcome. This empowers you to self manage and accomplish more, independently.
Walk & Talk Therapy
Sometimes, it may be uncomfortable or difficult to be seated for a counselling session if health issues are a concern. Or you may be looking for an alternative environment to help stimulate thoughts and creativity.
I offer 'Walk & Talk Therapy', which brings together the traditional talking therapy with the energy of walking, side by side at a pace that suits you. Research shows that exercise can have a significant and positive impact on stress, anxiety and depression, whilst improving overall mood. In addition, connecting with nature and being outdoors can be meditative and enrich reflection.
Walk & Talk can offer a new dynamic to get you moving, enhance your emotional well being as well your physical health.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Therapeutic Coaching Certificate
- Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling
- CPCAB Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- UKOL Diploma in Substance Abuse and Drug Awareness
Other Training & Professional Development includes:
- Therapeutic Coaching
- Dissociation & Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Trauma & The Body
- Coping With Infertility
- Panic & Panic Attacks
- Working With Autism & ASD
- Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse
- Social Care Institute for Excellence Certificate in Mental Capacity
- Royal College of General Practitioners Certificate in Drug Misuse, Treatment Planning & Harm Reduction
- MKSCB Safeguarding
- Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults
- IGT4 Healthcare Information Governance & Data Protection
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics to ensure safe and ethical practice.
I also hold a current, enhanced DBS (formally CRB) certificate.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Controlling panic attacks
- Change and transition
- Apathy & lack of interest
- Grief and loss
- Loss of a loved one by suicide
- Survivor guilt
- Loneliness and isolation
- Feeling unhappy, feeling low
- Identity problems
- Experiencing discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping
- Coercive control & abuse
- Facing mortality
- Family breakdown, family problems
- Communication difficulties
- People pleaser
- Supporters of substance users
- Pet bereavement
- Traumatic events
- Personal development
- General counselling
- Personal Therapy for the Trainee Counsellor (concessions available)
- Working creatively; using materials to facilitate therapeutic work
It is vitally important to feel comfortable in counselling, so I offer a free initial consultation session to discuss your needs, what you hope to gain from counselling and how we may be able to work together.
There is no obligation to agree to work with me or attend a set number of sessions.
Individual Counselling (Adults 18+ only)
An initial 30 minute consultation is free of charge.
Counselling sessions cost £45.00 and last for 50 minutes.
Concessions for Counsellors in Training, NHS Staff & Key Workers
I can offer a reduced rate to Trainee Counsellors, NHS Staff and Key Workers - please contact me for information.
If you are a Student Counsellor in training, I can also offer the use of therapeutic language within sessions to support links to course criteria if wanted.
Payments can be accepted by way of cash, bank transfer, credit/debit card or apple pay/contactless, required at the start of each session.
Unfortunately, cancellations made within 48 hours will incur a fee.
Concessions offered for
I work in an open ended way and can provide short-term or long-term counselling.
Sessions are usually held weekly, on the same day & at the same time each week, however flexibility can be offered.
Please be aware that currently, I am only able to offer daytime appointments as all my evening slot times are all fully booked at present.
I work in safe and quiet settings based in Milton Keynes - Shenley Lodge MK5 & Stony Stratford MK11.
These locations are within easy commute of surrounding areas; MK1, MK2, MK3, MK4, MK6, MK7, MK8, MK9, MK10, MK12, MK13, MK14 & MK15.
I also offer remote sessions by way of Skype, WhatsApp video call and telephone.
If you would like to read some of the feedback I have received from clients, please click on the link http://www.sarahoaktherapy.co.uk/testimonials.html to my website.
If you require any further information about what to expect from counselling, please do not hesitate to email me with your question - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading my profile and I hope to hear from you soon.