Sarah Stokel-Walker - Registered MBACP, BSc (hon) Counselling & Psychotherapy
My name is Sarah, and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, with over 12 years experience in the voluntary, government and private sector.
People search for a counsellor for different reasons ...
Perhaps you have experienced a life changing event .. or you have developed unhealthy ways to cope with things .. or maybe 'on paper' your life should be perfect, but this doesn't match how you're feeling...
I aim to provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for you to express yourself freely.
Counselling sessions take place in Louth LN11 and Retford DN22. There is free parking on site.
What happens in a counselling session - do I tell you my problems and you tell me what to do?
.. Not quite! We work together to figure out how best to support you and move forward. Whilst I may suggest things that could help, counselling isn't 'done to you' .. we form a team.
Isn't it weird talking to a stranger - how are you going to know what I mean?
I often hear that people are surprised by how comfortable they feel in sessions, and how easy they find it to talk about things. I empathise with your situation, feelings and history - and will often relay things back to you to make sure I 'get you'.
How long will I need to come to counselling?
This depends on why you have come to counselling, but I have worked with people who felt better after 3 sessions, and I have worked with people who felt more supported in counselling that lasted months. This is something we can regularly review so that you feel happy with your counselling timescale.
Can we meet before I go ahead with counselling with you?
I can offer a 30 minute meeting to make sure you want to go ahead with counselling. This is charged at £20. Alternatively you can ask anything at all via email or telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
My main body of training was at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham, where I completed a BACP accredited BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (honours) degree (humanistic/integrative theory)
I am a Registered Member of BACP, which means I have evidenced that I have sufficient knowledge, qualifications and experience to be on their register.
I have completed:
Trauma training (2018) Dementia Friendly Training (2015)
Self harm and suicide awareness training
Alcohol awareness training
Drug and alcohol counselling training (2010-2013)
Mental Health workshop
Harm Minimisation (for drug and alcohol use)
Pro-Social Modelling workshop
Safeguarding children training
Safeguarding vulnerable adults training
Health and Safety training
From 2005-2013 I worked in the government sector, where I supported people who have experienced depression, anxiety, panic disorders, drug and alcohol misuse, trauma, abuse, and self harm and suicidal thoughts.
I have also offered counselling in a number of settings, including to children and young people in schools, to prisoners, to carers and people who have experienced head injuries and strokes, and to homeless adults.
I welcome referrals from health providers, EAP, insurance companies, schools and of course, self-referrals.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- 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
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment issues
- Substance Misuse
- Eating Disorders and Body Image
- Self Harm
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Individual counselling : £35 per session
Couples/ family counselling : £40 per session
Payment is due at the beginning of each session in cash, or in advance via bank transfer or Paypal
** There are a number of reduced rate appointments available for those who are struggling financially or are in receipt of certain benefits. I would hate for someone to not seek counselling or be supported because of money, so please ask me for more information about this **
How I work ...
I offer both short and long term counselling depending on your needs. We can focus on a few specific issues that you would like support with, or we can work together to explore things in more detail, including how past experiences and relationships shape behaviours today.
I regularly review our sessions together to make sure that you are getting what you need from counselling.
I am enhanced DBS (CRB) checked to work with both children and adults.
I am fully insured
I value your confidentiality, and this will be discussed during our first meeting.
If there is anything that you aren't sure of or would like to ask please either give me a ring or send me a text or email. I believe there is no such thing as a silly question, so please feel free to ask me anything about counselling and how I work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have a waiting list, and will have space for new clients from the end of September. Space will be available on Thursdays in Retford, and evenings in Lincolnshire. Thank you
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|