Sarah Taylor. Dip Psych Counselling. LINK Barnardo's Adoption Counsellor MBACP.
I am aware that in making the decision to access a talking therapy you are taking the first courageous step towards positive change. Counselling can help if you are experiencing difficulties, distress or anxiety in your life either as a result of a present situation or maybe something that has happened in your past that you would like to make sense of.
We live in a world that seems to put us under ever increasing amounts of pressure or expectation in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes things can get too much and we may feel less able to cope, which may affect family relationships as well as work and peer relationships.
Talking things through can help.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced Psychodynamic counsellor able to work with a wide range of presenting issues, including, but not limited to, abuse (sexual, emotional, domestic, financial, institutional or physical), trauma, suicide and self harm, addictions (including sex and porn addiction), anxiety (including panic attacks), divorce, separation, betrayal.
Psychodynamic therapy works by exploring how your personality together with your life experiences influence your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and relationships. This will enhance your understanding of yourself and so promote the capacity for positive change.
I am also a trained and registered LINK Barnardo's Approved Adoption Counsellor.
How it works:
We agree on a specified time and place for an initial consultation, which usually takes about an hour and is an opportunity for you to tell me about yourself and what has brought you to seek counselling. I will explain to you how I work and we will then think about how you would like to proceed.
If, between us, we decide that this is the right approach for you, we will agree on a regular once weekly day and time with each session being 50 minutes long.
I offer open ended long term therapy, short term brief dynamic interventions and attachment based family therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
WPF Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Theory and Skills
WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. (BACP Accredited Training Course).
Barnardos Approved and Registered Adoption Support Counsellor.
Barnardos Attachment Focused Family Therapy.
NOCN Training for Mentoring.
Safeguarding Adults and Children Awareness
NSPCC Child Protection Awareness
Working with Attachment and Trauma (with Tavistock and Portman Clinicians)
(WPF: Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
(BACP: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
(NOCN: National Open College Network)
Throughout my training and qualification I worked within a Southampton based psychodynamic counselling agency.
As well as seeing private clients I currently also work for Isle Support (see Further Information below)-an island-based reduced fee service for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse and rape at any time in their lives, including childhood sexual abuse; and for a Winchester based youth counselling organisation.
I have trained and am registered with LINK Barnardo's and so am able to offer specialised counselling to adoptees, adopters and their families, birth families, and to any person who might be experiencing difficulties as a result of the adoption procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Although trained in the Psychodynamic modality I am able to integrate other approaches into my work. I believe that each persons experience is different and so in order that you receive the best possible outcome I may use different approaches.
1 hour Initial Consultation- £35
Ongoing 50 minute regular weekly counselling- £45 per 50 minute counselling session.
Families- £55 per 1 hour session
For those on a restricted income I may be able to offer a reduced fee.
I offer a professional and confidential service to individuals of all ages and regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity culture or disability, and as laid out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am fully insured.
I receive regular supervision which ensures that I work in a boundaried and safe way, and according to the needs of each client.
I regularly attend professional courses to enhance my personal development.
I hold an up-to-date DBS Enhanced Certificate.
I am registered with the ICO in line with the Data Protection Act.
Isle Support is a service offered by my associate Linda Johnson (also listed on the Counselling Directory) and myself. I work from Quay Street rooms, and Linda can offer sessions in both Quay Street and Freshwater if more convenient.
Phone: 07490 367763
We both previously worked for an organisation which provided specialist counselling for adults on the island. We have had rigorous training that enables us to work safely and ethically with men and women who have experienced any type of sexual assault, violence or rape at any time in their lives, and including child sexual abuse.
We will continue to adopt the model previously used in the organisation, as it is tried and tested. This includes an assessment to ensure it is safe and appropriate to work with you, followed by up to 24 weekly 50 minute sessions.
We understand that having been sexually abused can make it hard for you to trust anyone and may affect many, if not all, parts of your life. You may be left with some or all of the following: feelings of low self-esteem, shame, anxiety, depression, sleep and self-care problems, relationship difficulties and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms. We can help you learn emotional coping skills alongside the counselling so that life feels less overwhelming.
Please be reassured that by coming to counselling with us you are always left with the choice of what you talk about, and there is no pressure to ever disclose the details of what happened to you. Our role is to help alleviate your distress.
We know that affordable counselling for adults in these circumstances is needed and valued on the island. We have a sliding scale of charges, with concessions for those on benefits or low income.
Here are some testimonials from the clients we counselled in the previous organisation. Names have been withheld to protect their privacy:
"When I was introduced to counselling, my life was very limited. I struggled to leave the house or hold conversations with people. I was given the tools, in a safe and caring environment, to begin to change how I lived my life. This has only been a positive experience for me, and although I still face challenges, I now have the tools to cope with them in a constructive way" (Woman in her 40s)
"Being able to talk about what happened to someone who looked at it (the sexual abuse in my childhood) from angles I hadn't thought of before" (Woman in her 60s)
"The counselling has changed my life" (Woman in her 40s)
"I felt safe for the first time in many years" (Man in his 50s)
Fees per weekly session
Assessment (allow up to 1.5 hours) Free
Proof of unemployment/benefits -£10
Income/savings less than £20,000 -£20
Income/savings less than £30,000 -£30
Income/savings over £30,000 -£45
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes and early evenings available
Types of client