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Sarah Ward, BA (Hons), MBACP

Leigh On Sea, Essex, SS9
07434 737483 07434 737483
Leigh On Sea, Essex, SS9

About me

By reading this, the chances are that you are considering whether counselling could help you. I know from experience that it takes courage to take that first step and reach out to someone.

I believe every person has the potential to unlock their own resources and find inner strength and the solutions to their own concerns. We just sometimes need help finding the right key. I work in a way which best suits you as an individual and by working together we can identify and understand the areas to look at more closely, whether they are present concerns or from the past.

I believe that being a counsellor is not just about what you read in books and what training you have, although these are undeniably important; but that it is about life experience.

All kinds of people from all walks of life experience things they didn't necessarily plan for. Sometimes people feel unable to talk to friends or family for fear of judgment or what the impact may be to others.

I am passionate about my work and fully committed to providing a safe space for people to explore their personal issues and worries. I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is at the heart of the counselling process; and I can offer an environment where you can explore these concerns in a relaxed, non-judgmental, safe environment.

I work from home in Leigh on Sea, close to main bus routes and with parking nearby.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) in counselling (First Class)
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Mental Health Training (1) (Mind)
  • Mental Health Training (2) (Mind)
  • Psychological Trauma training (Mind)
  • Introduction to Psychological Trauma (Mind)
  • Psychological Trauma for Counsellors (Mind)
  • Managing Anxiety (Mind)
  • Suicide Awareness (Mind)
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Moving your Practice Online training
  • Certified Cyber Therapist
  • I have trained with Place2Be working in placement in Tower Hamlets
  • I have volunteered for 18 months with Changing Pathways (formerly Basildon Women's Aid).
  • I have 17 years' experience of working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • As well as my own private practice I am a staff counsellor with HARP (Southend's Homeless Charity) and a volunteer Trauma Counsellor with South East and Central Essex Mind.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and as such work I work within their ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk) undertaking regular supervision and CPD.

I am also an Accredited Professional in Infant Loss (The Foundation for Infant Loss) and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


£45 payable cash, bank transfer, or credit card, concessions are available, please ask.

Further information

So what to expect?

Firstly, I do know it feels scary, or even weird.  This is a perfectly normal reaction.

In the first session I will carry out a brief assessment during which I hope to establish some general information about you.  During this time we can also hopefully begin to get a feel for how working together will feel.

What happens next is individual to each client.  Some can't wait to get started whereas some take longer.  Both are fine and so is anything inbetween.

I work in my own home so the number of sessions is totally up to you.  You may want 4 sessions, 40 or 400.  I have the flexibility to work with your needs.

Leigh On Sea

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Online counselling needs internet access and webcam


I am available for online or telephone counselling - please enquire as to what is mutually convenient.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


I am a person centred/integrative counsellor, working with all age groups in Leigh on Sea.  I am currently able to offer some supervision appointments.

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Sarah Ward, BA (Hons), MBACP

Sarah Ward, BA (Hons), MBACP