Sarah Stevens BACP Dip counselling
My specialised area is working with anyone who's life is affected by food and/or body image issues having worked within the field of Eating Disorders for many years, both as a support worker for family members as well as one on one with people struggling with Eating Disorders.
There are many types of eating disorders including: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia as well as different combinations of disordered eating and poor relationship with body image.
These can come about when we can feel particularly lonely, challenged, frightened and lost, or when trauma, anxiety, depression and grief overwhelm us. Likewise, a sudden illness or unexpected event can precipitate a disordered relationship with food and the body.
These are the times when it can be helpful to share those thoughts and feelings with someone who we can trust.
My intention is to create a warm, safe and compassionate space to allow you to express yourself freely and to work towards creating life choices that are healthy for you.
Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore and reflect on issues that are affecting your relationships, your life style choices and essentially your relationship with your self.
It can help you to make choices that fit with your values and inner truth as well as supporting you through the challenges that these changes may bring. Counselling can help you to understand how you approach life, how you may want to change and how to enhance your quality of life.
I work from an Integrative approach with Person Centred core qualities, tailoring my approach to your own specific needs and taking into consideration you as an individual.
I use creativity and body awareness to enhance my practice drawing on Mindfulness, yoga and nature to support the therapeutic process.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience of working with people with Eating Disorders began over 20 years ago as a help line volunteer for SEDA (Somerset Eating Disorders Association).
Over the years I continued to have different roles within SEDA including being a Support Worker, working individually with clients whose lives are affected by eating disorders be they carers, family members or sufferers.
Currently one of my roles is in educating young people through workshops as well as giving training to teachers, care staff and counsellors on the effects of eating disorders and how to support someone. I have experience of facilitating workshops for large groups of young people as well as co-facilitating recovery groups.
My experience includes working with people on Twelve Step programs as well as for the Bristol Crisis Line for Women.
I have a Level 5 Psycho-therapeutic Counselling Diploma and am a qualified Yoga teacher, (teaching for over 15 years).
As a BACP individual member, I abide by the BACP code of ethics and I am committed to Continuing Personal Development as a professional counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£45 per hour
Some concessions are available - please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime and evening appointments, weekend appointments available by request.
Types of client