About me

About me


I am fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Relational Counsellor; I am also full accredited with the UKCP, using a relational approach that allows me to work in a way that suits your specific needs. I offer a safe confidential space with a non-judgemental approach for you to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. I want to work alongside you in a respectful, empathic and gentle way, empowering you to make positive changes to your life and to support you through what could be a uncomfortable at times.

How can i help?

Counselling provides a safe, secure and confidential environment which leads towards developing a trusting therapeutic relationship. This can enable you to explore the difficulties you are experiencing and gain a deeper understanding of both yourself and the nature of your difficulties.
Counselling is the first step in enabling you to take control of your life and develop the self-awareness and confidence to make the changes you want.

Your first session

Finding the right counsellor can be a difficult process which is why I offer a free consultation before we decide if we want to start to work together, this can either take place over the phone or face to face.

My therapy room is a safe warm environment where I hold my face to face sessions, there is on street parking and I ensure I allow enough time between clients to uphold confidentiality. Once we have met for our first session we can then decide on a suitable time and day to maintain regular sessions.

As well as face to face Counselling, I offer Skype and telephone counselling. Skype counselling proves very effective and enables me to reach clients who may feel more relaxed talking with the comforts of their own home or clients who may not have easy access to transport. When using these methods we will arrange a suitable time for you to call me and payment will be made via bank transfer prior to the session.

I offer appointments day or evening and some weekend work can be available if required, please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have, I will be happy to help, please note if I do not answer your call I will endeavour to call or email you back as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma and am a UKCP accredited therapist.

The model that I have trained in is the Relational Approach. This combines the analytical aspect of the Psychodynamic Approach with the warmth of Person Centred therapy. I also consider other theories in my practice such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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.

Fees

Additional information

My usual fee is £40, but I do operate on a sliding scale according to what you can afford. I can also offer reduced fee places for students and people on low incomes.
Couples therapy £50

Availability

I offer appointments day or evening and some weekend work can be available if required, please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
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Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw