Sarah Frances Mills
When you are experiencing difficult emotions such as anxiety and panic, grief, sadness and depression, or suffering low self-esteem or stress, it can feel like a muddle with no way out. I may be able to help and support you on your journey to better understand your feelings and a greater sense of wellbeing. Counselling gives you the time and space to be listened to in such a way that it feels safe to explore, and gain understanding about, your feelings and help you to find meaning, equilibrium and resilience.
My training was Integrative and encompassed different theories and approaches to counselling including CBT and psychodynamic ways of working, however at the heart of my practice I have a Humanistic Person-Centred approach and feel passionately about putting the clients' felt experience at the heart of the therapeutic process, working with whatever you bring to allow you to make meaning from your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I have a personal interest in spirituality and in nature and eco-therapeutic approaches which offer great benefits for both physical and emotional health. My practice is in beautiful natural surroundings and I can offer 'walk and talk' therapy sessions in the Quantock Hills. I use creative interventions such as representational and art materials if clients would like to work in this way. I am experienced in using guided visualisation and self-hypnosis techniques and have recently qualified as a hypnotherapist. I work online through Zoom or on the telephone in addition to face-to-face sessions in a comfortable private counselling room at my home, and walk and talk sessions.
I have over 10 years counselling experience with adults and young people having worked in agencies, private practice and as a secondary school counsellor. I have supported many clients with neurodiversity and learning disability, self harm, gender and transgender issues and sexuality, alongside the full range of human experience. I'm experienced in Mindfulness and an experienced meditator.
I offer individual counselling and couples work.
I am an experienced and Integratively trained clinical supervisor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I am an Accredited and Registered member of the BACP, an experienced counsellor of children, young people and adults. I have a Diploma in Supervision and am an experienced clinical supervisor.
I have spent several years in secondary schools working therapeutically with adolescents from 11-18, including those with Autism and other special needs. I also have a private supervision and counselling practice. I previously had a career both as a teacher and a nursery nurse and can provide play and art therapy as part of my practice.
I update and extend my training regularly in more specialised areas for example addiction, bereavement, abuse, ASD, self injury and eating disorders. I also provide training in emotional wellbeing, Mindfulness and Peer Support to young people.
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
Particularly experienced with adolescents and young people.
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial telephone or Zoom consultation and if you feel that you would like to work with me I would recommend weekly 50 minute sessions, however this can be flexible to meet your needs.
Fees for 50 minute sessions:
1-1 counselling £50
Couples/family counselling £70
Supervision £60 per hour
Available for daytime or evening appointments
I am happy to travel within a 10 mile radius of my postcode for home visits under special circumstances
Initial enquiries are preferable by email or text and I will get back to you as soon as I can