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With over 10 years’ experience, including working as a GP Practice Counsellor, I can help you through difficult life experiences, overwhelming feelings, and patterns of behaviour that see your problems repeat themselves; towards stability, peace, happiness, fulfilling relationships and the life you want.
I believe, who we really are is joyful and unique. However, sometimes our relationships (past or present), experiences in life, environments we inhabit, and the emphasis we put on our external world can stifle or block our connection to ourselves: the real pathway to our joy, satisfaction with who we are, and the life we want. This can be confusing and overwhelming and manifest in many different ways which causes us to feel lost in a cycle of suffering. You may feel anxious, depressed, stressed, worthless, sad, guilty, or angry. You may find close relationships or social situations difficult. Your confidence may be at an all time low. You might have found ways of coping which provide a certain amount of relief but recognise this is short lived and the same old feelings or problems keep occurring. You may self-sabotage, self-harm, use addictive coping behaviours, avoid people or places, or go from one toxic relationship to another. You might feel that because of what you’ve been through, the pain and unhappiness you carry is now a part of you. I assure you it isn’t.
Who you really are (joyful and unique, remember!) is always with you, waiting to reconnect. I see my role as helping you nurture that connection and move from suffering towards a more stable, peaceful place, whilst assisting you in working out what you want and how to achieve it. I can’t think of anything more valuable to yourself and your relationships than to invest in your inner world. There is nothing more rewarding than doing the work of healing within and receiving the endless benefits.
“I have learnt so much about myself and others. I now feel I can tackle any challenges that come my way. I feel those that seek your help will be very lucky indeed.” (testimonial by JH)
The way I work
I offer a warm, compassionate approach. Along with a safe, neutral space for you to unpack, explore and understand difficult emotions and experiences, and ultimately, begin to heal. I will listen attentively without judgement or criticism to everything you feel comfortable sharing.
I won’t tell you what you should think or do, instead, I will help guide you in finding your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with problems or difficult emotions. You will be amazed at the solutions that come to you, they will feel authentic and free from internal resistance bringing a sense of ease and control to your life.
Depending on what you want help with I will tailor my approach to best suit your needs. This may include offering information, inviting you to go through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or might be a more general discussion about how you’re feeling and your experiences in life.
Counselling is known to change lives. You can achieve better relationships, an improved sense of clarity, empowerment and resilience, together with a feeling of relief and ease with life. Even if your problems haven’t gone away, you should find it easier to cope with them and feel happier.
“I have always struggled with a profound sense of loneliness, insecurity, lack of achievement, never felt loved, the list goes on and on. After finally coming to terms I needed help, I met Sarah. Roll forward four months, I’m smiling, laughing, no longer feeling despair or loneliness……contact Sarah and change your life. I did.” (testimonial by LM)
Booking a session
It's important to find a counsellor you feel comfortable with. Your reading so far together with your initial contact with me will help to see if we might work well together. You can call or text me on 07884 006594 or, email me on email@example.com. Set aside some time (about 10-15 minutes) and privacy and use the method you'd most prefer. Please provide the following information:
- Why you are seeking counselling. A brief description that you feel comfortable sharing with me is all that’s needed;
- What days/times you’re available should you decide to book;
- Whether you'd like sessions to be in-person, online (Zoom), or a mix of both.
I am available to take calls during my normal working hours, which are Monday - Thursday daytime. If you get my answerphone, please leave a message including the best times for me to return your call (this can be outside of my normal working hours). Occasionally, the first email I send can go to spam/junk, so please check there if you're waiting for a response.
There will be no pressure to make an appointment.
Should you decide to go ahead we will agree a day and time for your first session. It’s normal to be nervous and to have fears about what to expect. I intend to make things as comfortable and easy for you as possible. In time, those fears will go. There will be some basic paperwork to complete before this session which can be emailed or available on the day. I will need a few practical details, for safety reasons, such as your GP, an emergency contact and any medication you may be on at present.
We will make a contract together setting a foundation for how we will work, detailing what you can expect from me, such as respect, confidentiality and reliability. Similarly, what I can expect from you in terms of commitment to attending sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm an accomplished and professional counsellor of over 10 years. I’ve worked effectively as a GP practice counsellor, university and secondary school counsellor, and a counsellor for professionals. I now run a successful private practice.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Person-Centred Counselling. As well as an extensive amount of training and study in specific areas where I have gained skills, techniques and experience, enabling me to provide additional support tailored to your needs.
I'm an Accredited Member of BACP. This is assurance that I'm a competent, safe and ethical practitioner. Through the accreditation process, I successfully demonstrated that I meet a higher standard of knowledge, experience and development.
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
- First session £40. An introductory 1 hour session, giving you a chance to ask questions and begin exploring what has brought you to counselling.
- Following sessions £50 each. Sessions last 1 hour. Most people start by coming once a week, although this is completely up to you, we will discuss frequency at your first appointment. We will regularly review progress to help determine the total duration of our work together ensuring it doesn’t last longer than necessary.
Payment is required on the day of the session.
When I work