Sarah Van Gogh MBACP (Accred) BA Hons
I have been a counsellor since 1999, and gained BACP-accreditation in 2001. I have experience of working with clients from varied backgrounds on a wide range of issues, for long and short term contracts.
As well as having a private practice, I am a tutor on a counselling diploma course at the Revision Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy in North London. I worked for many years as a counsellor and trainer for the charity 'Survivors UK' which supports men who have experienced sexual violation, and my book about this area, "Helping Male Survivors of Sexual Violation to Recover" was published in April 2108.
Before training as a counsellor, I worked for ten years in the fields of community health and theatre-in-education; and before this work, I gained a degree in English from Cambridge University.
In my work I offer an approach that gives clients a contained, confidential space to look back at their past experiences, explore their current situation, and look ahead to their future. My therapeutic approach is one that takes a holistic view of an individual, and includes the body, the mind, the emotions, and what could be called the soulful or creative element to life.
I currently work with individuals over the age of 18, and do not offer sessions for those under 18, couples or families.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Honours Degree, English (1988)
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Theories in Counselling (1996)
Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling (1998)
Post Grad Diploma in Montessori Education (2000)
City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching in Adult Education (2009)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer sessions that last an hour for £50.00.
My book on effectively supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse came out in April 2018, published by Jessica Kingsley.
Reviews for “Helping male survivors of sexual violation to recover – an integrative approach. Stories from therapy”:
'A powerful and engaging book...,Sarah shares the minutiae of the work so that we can truly get under the skin of male survivors and understand their experiences with compassion and clarity.' Dr Estela Welldon, Founder & Honorary Life President International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.
'Readers will be extremely moved by Sarah van Gogh's compassion for male survivors of abuse and trauma, and clinical practitioners will learn a great deal from her many years of experience.' Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health, Centre for Child Mental Health, London.
'Using a delicate sensibility but not shirking harsh realities, Sarah Van Gogh skilfully navigates neurobiology, trauma and dissociation alongside both classic and innovative therapeutic approaches. We are taken to the heart of male survivors' struggles, always respectfully, never voyeuristically, in work that gives hope for the curative power of intimate safe therapeutic relationships after profound trauma.' Graham Music, PhD, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre, London.
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