Sarah Rees MSc Couns., MBACP, CPCAB Supervisor
How can Counselling help?
Asking for help can sometimes be difficult. Starting Counselling can feel like a big step to take when you're struggling. I believe that finding someone you can trust and feel safe with is an important part of helping you to talk about all the things that are troubling you. For that reason the invitation is to come along for a session to meet and spend some time together talking about what has brought you into Counselling. In that time you will get a good feel for how we will work together and if that feels helpful for you.
Many people find that having an independent person to talk things through with can really help. Counselling may enable you to look at things differently and find ways to support yourself in living your life more fully. I believe that with compassionate Counselling it's possible to get back in touch with your own inner wisdom and what really matters to you.
How I work
If you choose to start Counselling with me we will work with whatever is on your mind and be guided by you - your feelings and your story. We will agree a number of sessions at the start and check in with each other regularly to make sure your needs are being met. You will never have to talk about things you don't feel ready to talk about.
I like to work creatively if it suits you, although some clients prefer not to - it's about what works best for you.
Above all I provide a safe space where you can explore your concerns fully. I can offer to be alongside you in that time as a supportive, empathic, gently challenging and compassionate companion.
I have experience of working with clients and supervisees by telephone and Skype.
Concerns that I work with
I have experience of working with a wide range of concerns including Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Generalised Anxiety, Health concerns, Cancer, Work Related Stress, Stress, Abuse, Bereavement, Low self-esteem, Spirituality, Passive Aggressve behaviour, Child-related issues
Where I work
I see clients in my practice room at home, which has full disabled access. There is parking and it's about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop at the main road or a 30 minute walk from Nailsea and Backwell train station. I don't have a waiting room here, so it's better to arrive as close to our agreed starting time as possible.
I have found Counselling helpful for me at various times in my life, both as a support in times of sadness and for personal development. I live in a lovely community village with my 2 children, dog and cat. I'm lucky enough to be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the countryside where I live, as well as the vibrancy, diversity and massive variety of things to see and do in Bristol.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my training as an Integrative Counsellor at the City of Bristol College and went on to complete an MSc in Counselling at the University of Bristol. I am also a qualified Supervisor of Counsellors with a CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I trained as a couples therapist at Exeter University and through Interaction Training, and have also worked with couples in groups for a number of years.
My experience as a Counsellor
I have worked with a wide range of clients over the past 10 years and spent some years volunteering as a Counsellor at a local agency for those who can't afford a private Counsellor. I have seen clients for some very short term work as well as for a number of years. I believe that you as client know best what you need from this process and we will be guided by you in choosing the time to end our work together.
As well as working in private practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor of other Counsellors, I spent a number of years training Counsellors at the City of Bristol College and University of Bristol. More recently I worked as a Counsellor and Lead Psychological Therapist at a national cancer charity based locally that supports those with a cancer diagnosis and their close supporters. I am now running a local affordable counselling agency. I have a number of years of experience before training as a Counsellor in both education and the world of finance and business.
Professional body membership
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their guidelines on ethical practice. I am also a member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP) in Bristol, offering my time as a volunteer Treasurer and Committee member.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness, Personal Development, Trainee Counsellor Support and Development.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
My fees are £45 for individuals and £55 for couples for a session. Sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 1 hour for couples. Fees can be paid by cash or cheque at the start of the session or by direct bank transfer. I offer concessions for students and others by negotiation where there a particular need for this. I review my fees annually.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Friday daytime with occasional availability at other times
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a fully Qualified Supervisor (CPCAB Cert) and have a number of years of experience of supervising both individuals and groups.