Many of us have the feeling that something is wrong but we are not sure what it is or that we know our life could be better. Often, the reason for this is that we are living in a way which is out of balance - maybe we put others' needs before our own or we do not look after ourselves well.
This can be because we are out of touch with our true selves. One reason for this is that we learn to defend ourselves from the world at a very young age. Those defences become ingrained and we may think they are part of our personality. We may often dismiss our defences as 'that's just me.'
Defences are ingenious as they work by us not knowing that we have them. One of the most effective ways to resolve this is through counselling.
Counselling can change lives for the better and I believe that healing from life's wounds, and the sense of peace it brings, is possible for all of us.
The Way I Work
I am a person-centred counsellor which means I work at your pace and we talk about your issues when you feel ready to discuss them. I use a combination of talking therapy, practical techniques to relax the body and I also help people to understand how the mind and the body works (for example, when it is under stress or when trauma happens) and this can really help people to get an understanding of themselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Clinical Trauma Professional Training
- Essential Elements of Counselling Young People (11-18 years)
- Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
- Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
- Understanding Autism
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in treating Complex Trauma which can be caused by childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse or by having a parent who is mentally ill, in addiction or emotionally neglectful. Symptoms can be;
- mistrust of others
- substance abuse
- eating disorders
- panic attacks
- feelings of emotional overwhelm
- wanting to be isolated
- feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- little or no early memories
There are practical steps along with talking through our feelings that can help people to recover from a dysfunctional and unhappy childhood. Healing is possible.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Abuse
I have an in-depth knowledge of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and work with those who have a parent or a partner or ex-partner with the disorder. Many people who have had a parent with NPD develop Complex PTSD, as seen above.
People who have a partner or ex-partner with NPD can find themselves losing their sense of confidence and self-worth as the person with NPD can be controlling, belittling, devaluing, lacking in empathy, manipulative, jealous and critical.
I can provide an understanding place for people to talk about their parents or their partners who have narcissistic traits.
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial consultation which lasts around half an hour and is to see if you feel comfortable and would like to work with me and for me to ask you a couple of questions.
My standard fee is £40 for a session of 50 minutes and this is negotiable for those on a lower income, unemployed or are OAP's or students.
I work weekdays (except Wednesdays) up until 8pm and on Saturday mornings.
If you would like to get in touch to arrange a free initial session or if you have any questions, please either;
- call me on 07368 855736
- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- visit my website at https://sarahgrahamcounselling.com and fill in the contact form on the Contact Me page
The first step is an initial session which is to see if you feel comfortable and would like to work with me and for me to ask you a couple of questions.
We can talk about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve from it and if you would like to have counselling on a weekly or fortnightly basis, if you would like to go forward we can then schedule another session, (but you are under no obligation to do so).
I am more than happy to answer any questions, if you have any please let me know.