Sarah Quirke MBACP Accredited
I believe everyone holds the answers to their own issues and relationships but sometimes need help and guidance in finding these answers. Talking to a trained therapist without any agenda other than trying to aid their client to find their way forward, enables the client to thoroughly explore their feelings, thoughts and emotions in a safe, contained and non judgemental way. I work with the person as a whole, not just the problem.
I come from a Person Centred background, however, I use my training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in my work where I feel it may be required and helpful for my client's process and progress. I offer long term and short term work if that is what your needs require. We will agree that between us as the relationship is a joint collaborative one where counsellor and client work together towards the client's ultimate goal.
I offer evening sessions for convenience as well as usual working hours. I do not work Saturdays.
I work with individuals and couples who may be experiencing difficulties in their relationships, themselves or whatever form they are.
I have worked extensively with children and adolescents and will often use art tools to aid the work. I will also use other methods such as art to aid all my clients - not just children.
CBT works particularly well for issues such as anxiety, OCD, depression, phobias and avoidance.
I originally trained as a counsellor after suffering a trauma in my life and I received counselling and came to understand how powerful and helpful it was. I decided as a result, to change career and leave working with children in an educational setting to concentrate on my training.
I now find that I am in a fantastic position of being able to work with children as well as adults using different techniques and strategies that are suitable for each person and situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB COUNSELLING SKILLS CERTIFICATE
CPCAB COUNSELLING THEORY and STUDIES CERTIFICATE
CPCAB ADVANCED DIPLOMA THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING
CPCAB LEVEL 5 COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY CERTIFICATE (Diploma equivilent)
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT TRAINING
COUPLES COUNSELLING CERTIFICATE
I have been a school counsellor working with ages 4 - 18 for many years, I have worked with adults in a Charitable Counselling Agency in Hitchin. I have also worked as a counsellor for a Charitable Organisation in Bedford for people aged 13 -25. I have my private practice based in Lower Stondon working with both adults and children.
I am Enhanced DBS checked.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance
I am co-founder of OPALS running training workshops for counsellors, parents and teachers about working and coping with children and adolescents.
I offer clinical supervision to trainee and qualified Counsellors as well as other professionals.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adolescent issues such as peer pressure, parental difficulties, risky behaviour, promiscuity, attachment issues and self image, anger, self harm and confidence issues.
Parents struggling to understand their children and how to cope with those tricky adolescent years.
Parents coming to terms with 'empty nest syndrome'.
Children/Adolescents - £45.00 per 50 minute session
Adults - £45.00 per 50 minute session
Couples - £60.00 per 1 hour session
EAP £55 per 50 minute session
Supervision. 1 hour £45.00
I have attended workshops on self harm, trauma, surviving childhood sexual abuse. media arts, sand tray, Aspergers, anger, groupwork, bereavement, long term counselling, brief therapy, systemic work, dissociation.
As a trainer, I offer training workshops on; self harm, sand work, bereavement, working with children and adolescents as well as anger and anxiety.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, trainee counsellors, people in the helping professions and teaching profession.