Sarah Waller MBACP
The global pandemic is presenting us all with unprecedented challenges. We have had to adjust quickly as the situation has developed, fundamentally changing the way we live, work and interact with others. Many are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, concerned for themselves and their loved ones, and uncertain about the future.
What I can offer
I am currently offering remote counselling and therapy via video call and telephone.
I have some low-cost places available for people whose income has been affected by the pandemic or are otherwise unable to pay the full fee of £60. Session times can be flexible, to account for shift work and the impact of social distancing and lockdown on work, family and living arrangements.
When working remotely, I draw on skills and knowledge gained from my face-to-face therapy training, as well as several years' experience supporting people on helplines and digital platforms. I use secure software to uphold confidentiality.
For more information, please visit: sarahwallertherapy.co.uk. You will also find a list of alternative sources of support during this difficult time, including online resources and helplines.
About therapy and counselling
People choose to talk to a counsellor or therapist for all sorts of reasons. Some people have something specific they want help dealing with; other people have a sense that something's not quite right, but can't put their finger on what that 'something' is.
Therapy and counselling can help you make sense of whatever is going on for you, within the framework of a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential relationship. It can support you through difficult times and help you gain clarity both about yourself and the situation you find yourself in, however overwhelming or confusing it may seem now. And with clarity comes greater choice, hope and the possibility of change.
How I work
I'm a qualified therapist and counsellor, based in Dalston and Highbury and Islington. I work integratively, which means I draw on a range of approaches depending on what fits best with each individual and the issues they want to address. You may have heard of some of these approaches - psychodynamic, existential, person-centred - but it doesn't matter if you haven't.
Studies show that the key to effective therapy is not your therapist's approach but rather the quality of your relationship with your therapist. That's why I encourage people to come for an initial session to see how it would be to work together. If it doesn't feel like a good fit, I'd be happy to recommend other options.
For anyone who may find it helpful, I offer a range of art materials for creative expression. You're also welcome to bring in your own images, poems, music and dreams.
I work with people from all walks of life, whatever their age, ethnicity, faith, cultural heritage, socioeconomic background, gender identity or sexuality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training in integrative psychotherapy and counselling at Regent's University and hold an additional diploma in the therapeutic use of the arts from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education.
I engage in continuous professional development on a broad range of topics to enhance and update my training. I am also in clinical supervision to support my therapy work and ensure that I am practising in my client's best interests.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.
Alongside private practice, I work in a university counselling service and at a low-cost therapy centre.
My previous experience includes providing NHS-funded counselling within a multicultural therapy centre, assisting with an art therapy group for older people, responding to young people in distress on a helpline, befriending people in suicidal crisis, working with parents of children with special educational needs, and supporting victims of stalking and harassment.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
The fee for each session is £60. I have some reduced-fee places available for people whose circumstances mean they're unable to pay the full fee.