Sarah Reilly

Sarah Reilly

London
SW9

07957 338 540

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About me

I am experienced and easy to talk to, and work with empathy and acceptance of difference, individuality, and the difficulties we face in being human. This is my foundation as a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor.

My approach is relational and humanistic, which means I share my knowledge of the human condition with clients, how I understand their struggles, and our work together.  I see counselling and psychotherapy as a process of increasing self-awareness, self-management and personal growth, through the establishment of a safe therapeutic relationship in which difficulties can be explored.

My training is integrative, so I draw on different psychotherapeutic concepts rather than a single one. I see the past as alive in the present, organising responses, sometimes causing restriction and difficulty. My focus is on understanding and appreciating each person’s emotional landscape, coping mechanisms and survival structures. The aim is to expand the sense of self and what feels possible in life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
  • Foundation in Art Therapy (City University)
  • BAHons Sociology (Goldsmiths College)
  • Certificate in Sculpture (John Cass School of Art)
  • Diploma in Art and Design (John Cass School of Art)
  • I am a member of BACP

Having been a counsellor at London Friend since 2015, working with London’s diverse LGBT+ population, I am familiar with issues related to sexuality and gender, the impact of homophobia, transphobia and rigid gender norms.

As well as seeing private clients I also work for NHS England, advising mental health practitioners on how to treat people with learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum who are in psychiatric hospitals.

I am white, English, with a European background, and have lived in London all my life. I love the diversity of our city, the wealth of cultures, and flow of ideas.

Member organisations

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

LGBTQI+ clients

I am experienced at working with with issues related to sexuality and gender, the impact of homophobia, transphobia and rigid gender norms.

Fees

Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually once a week

I offer a sliding scale between £45.00 and £65.00

I offer solution-focused short-term counselling (usually 12 sessions), as well as longer term work

Sessions are held in my therapy room in my house in Brixton, SW9 9RY

Further information

The Body and Working with the Imagination

I have a physiological understanding of emotion and feeling. I offer clients the opportunity to become more aware of how they experience emotions in the body, and familiar with techniques to manage difficult feelings. Working with physiological responses to memories can also help in working through and integrating traumatic experience.

I am alert to creative processes and the imagination. Memories and feelings can be explored through images as well as words, using pictures, photographs, and objects; or simply by paying attention to casual metaphors we chose to convey meaning. This can be an effective and surprising form of therapeutic discovery, and is available to everyone.

Social Context

I am thoughtful about cultural identities and meanings, and work with awareness and sensitivity to the impact of difference and discrimination. Social identities influence our sense of safety and acceptance in the world, particularly if we belong to a minority culture that is not well understood or welcomed by main-stream society, causing low self-esteem and lack of confidence. Counselling and psychotherapy can help with these toxic feelings

Maps & Directions

London, SW9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Sadly not

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

But no wheelchair accessible toilet available

Availability

Please email for availability indicating when you would prefer to come.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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