Hello, my name is Sarah, and I practice depth psychotherapy and counselling in London and Hastings.
My approach is transpersonal integrative, which means that I tailor my therapeutic approach to my clients needs. I draw on different theoretical models including the psychodynamic model, Jung, Rogers, and Gestalt.
The transpersonal dimension is the deeper search for meaning, and is ultimately about connection to oneself, to others, and to the Universe. It is sometimes a lack of connectedness, felt as loneliness, which brings a person to therapy. The relationship with the therapist is key to the process of growth and healing, and I aim to promote this by providing an empathic, calm, confidential environment.
I help clients gain a deeper understanding of their self by working through blocks and difficulties, exploring why these may have arisen, and how to learn and move on from them.
Maybe what is needed is for the client to rediscover their creativity in order to find solutions to their life challenges. I can help facilitate this through creative techniques such as visualisations, role play, and sand tray. I am interested in dreams and how they can provide special insight into our lives and internal processes, and work with clients dreams if they are open to this. I also offer meditation and mindfulness techniques.
Therapy can be either long or short term, although psychotherapy is usually longer term, and activates more of the clients potential, than counselling, which is often to do with specific, current, issues. Counselling can progress to psychotherapy, as the client engages in the process of self development, which has been described as a feeling of 'Coming Home'.
Training, qualifications & experience
Past work experience
Before training as a psychotherapist I worked for 15 years as a mental health practitioner in various social care settings, including addictions rehabilitation, so I have a lot of practical experience and knowledge of mental distress in all its forms, and how a person's environment can impact on their mental health.
I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings, including The Caravan drop in, Help Counselling, Fresh Start psychotherapy, PBH coaching, transpersonal group work, and psychotherapy private practice.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy, CCPE (5 year training).
Postgraduate Certificate in The Role of Dreams in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Guidance, CCPE
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session
Session fee depending on location
I am professionally supervised and adhere to ethical guidelines as set out by BACP and UKCP. I hold Professional Liability Insurance.