Sarah Palmer - An experienced counsellor in central Wells
As you are currently looking for a counsellor or therapist I expect life has brought you to the point of thinking "how can I make the things better for me now?"
You might be feeling:-
- like you are out of control and do not have the personal resources to stop feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stressed by events.
- as if important relationships just aren't working properly; maybe, at a time when we should all feel closer to loved ones, you are feeling more distant or isolated.
- sad and depressed; why is it when you are meeting socially with others you are unable to participate in their apparent lightness and happiness?
- personally unfulfilled - "everyone else seems to be sorted, why do I feel like I'm missing something?".
- lonely or isolated; the people closest to you can't understand how you are feeling, or possibly you don't want to burden them with what you are going through.
If you have been affected by any of these things, then I may be able to help.
Practising from a professional, comfortable, convenient location in Wells, with 9 years of experience, you will find me approachable and welcoming. Being an integrative counsellor, means that we can work together in a way that best supports you. Appointment times are flexible.
You may have decided to work with a counsellor or therapist because you have recognised that you need some help or support to move forward. Perhaps you are seeking to change something in your life, to deal with a difficult situation or relationship, to overcome a habit or behaviour, or to better understand yourself. Whatever your reason is for your search today, you will want to know that the counsellor or therapist you decide to meet with is professionally trained, ethical and experienced but also approachable, empathetic and someone you are able to build a strong, respectful working relationship with. I believe that I can offer you all of these - and warmth and compassion as well.
I'm what is known as an "integrative" counsellor, which basically means that rather than following a single therapeutic approach, I draw on elements from many different types of therapy. This means that we can find a way of working together that suits who you are, how you like to work and what is beneficial to you at different stages of your journey. This is important, because developing a strong therapeutic relationship is just like building any other productive relationship, in that we need to find a way of communicating and working together to achieve your goals.
I qualified 7 years ago following 3 years of study and have been in practice continuously since I qualified. Although this profile includes a list of issues that I can work with, I believe that therapy is about working with you as an individual - you may have an issue but you are an individual.
As well as private practice, I have also been a counsellor for an eating disorders charity for the last 5 1/2 years and have gained much experience working with individuals affected by all types of eating disorder such as:
- compulsive overeating
- binge eating
- failed dieting
- EDNOS and other eating issues.
What am I actually like? Well, friends and family would say that I'm approachable, positive, open, have a good sense of humour and put people at their ease. I've always been the one to tune in on other peoples' feelings and seek to support and help them with personal issues. I don't shock easily and am good at remaining calm and level headed when faced with difficult situations.
I live in the centre of Wells with my husband. I practice from home where my counselling room is comfortable, private and professional. Free parking is always available nearby and the Wells Bus Station is just 1 minute away.
Finding a counsellor or therapist that you can work with sometimes takes a few tries and it's important that you find someone you can build a good working relationship with. If you'd like any more information about me or how I practice, please, feel free to call or email me, I am only too happy to answer any of your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- SARSAS - Understanding Trauma and Abuse
- PODS - Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation
- OCN - Advanced Practitioner - telephone Counselling Skills
- OCN - Telephone Counselling Skills - Mental Health Helpline
- ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- SWEDA (Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association) - Understanding and Working with Eating Disorders Training
- MIND Bristol - Mental Health Telephone Counselling Training
- Men Get Eating Disorders Too - Understanding Eating Disorders in Men
- University of London - BSc Hons in Biology
8 years general counselling since qualifying.
6 1/2 years as a counsellor at SWEDA (Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association).
2 1/2 years with MIND Bristol mental health telephone support helpline.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
This list can only give a brief description of areas that I have worked in - for a personalised and individual assessment of how I might be able to help you, please, feel free to phone or email me.
One-to-one counselling - 1 hour £40.00
One-to-one counselling for students studying for a counselling qualification - 1 hour £30.00
Telephone or Skype/Zoom/Facetime counselling - 1 hour £40.00
Concessions offered for
Student rates available.