Sarah Westlake MBACP Accredited, MBPsS
I am a friendly and experienced therapist of couples and individuals in Shoreditch and on Skype. I also supervise clinical practice and teach on psychodynamic counselling training courses.
What to expect from a first session:
I understand it can be hard to approach a counsellor for the first time, and I have an open and non judgemental manner. Counselling supports you at times of uncertainty and distress and gives you understanding about your emotional responses to life events and the skills to cope in times of stress. I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you have time to think and make sense of your feelings and start to identify a way forward.
We can either focus on a specific issue that you are aware of, or take time to reflect on how past issues are influencing your current life and behaviour and think about the impact these may have had on you. I work with a wide range of issues some of which include: anger,depression, panic, trauma, anxiety, bereavement, work related distress, motherhood, post natal depression, sexual difficulties, sexual identity,addictions and relationship conflict.
The process of therapy:
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist and am trained to work with deep seated feelings which are held in our unconscious. Connecting with these can help you gain a clearer understanding of who you really are, and how to make changes to achieve a life that is more closely connected to your true self rather than continuing with a life that feels limited or unsatisfying.
I worked in TV and film production for 20 years and use this experience to think about the meaning we give to the visual and digital world.
I have worked extensively with clients as GP referrals, in a hospice, on programmes for the long term unemployed, at counselling agencies and in private practice in London and Herts.
I am also a qualified bodyworker and treat clients with massage and aromatherapy. I have an interest in how emotional distress can be expressed through physical symptoms and can help you think about this with your own body.
I receive regular supervision and as a member of the BACP I work to it's Ethical Framework for good practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling - Relate with Univ of East London
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - WPF
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling-WPF
Certificate in Supervision - Society for Analytical Psychology
Award in Education and Training
Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of British Psychological Society
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
DURING THIS COVID 19 lockdown period I am offering free sessions for NHS workers and anyone suffering from anxiety who is experiencing financial hardship
Shoreditch £80 a session for individuals and £100 a session for couples
Skype sessions for individuals and couples
some low cost slots are available on Skype only: if this would help you receive counselling please ask
Concessions offered for
if you find it difficult to attend counselling at one of my locations I can offer Skype or phone sessions