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Sarah Wooster Counsellor MBACP (accredited), UKCP registered Psychotherapist

Cheltenham GL50 & Stroud GL6
07780 810485 07780 810485 Registered / Accredited

About me

*Please note that I have a limited number of face to face slots available, with safety protocols in place, as well as continuing to work online/telephone with clients/supervisees.*

It may feel a big step to make the decision to look for a counsellor or psychotherapist. Often this may be after a long period of finding life stressful, confusing, challenging, or disappointing and pointless. It is natural to reach out to those closest to us at such times of difficulty, but often they can feel ‘too close’ or ‘too involved’, to be of any real, lasting help. We may also feel that we don’t want to ‘burden’ family and friends.

For many of us, it feels much easier to ask for help when we are ill physically; seeking out our G.P. for support. When it comes to our mental health, there is often a stigma attached; feelings of ‘failing’, ‘making a fuss’, the sense that we should just ‘be stronger and get on with it’. You may not know that in any given year, 1 in 4 of us will suffer some sort of mental health issue (1). Problems with how we feel and think about our life, and difficulties in managing these are very real and much more common than is evident because of the power of such stigma. However, in recent times, it has been helpful to see a ‘softening’ of this with household names such as Stephen Fry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Kerry Washington, Angelina Jolie, Simon Pegg (to name a few) talking openly about their own struggles and what has helped them. The latter has recently noted in an interview that there remains “shame around mental health issues, especially in men; how there are still a lot of derogatory jokes”(2). It therefore makes complete sense that seeking help may feel daunting.

If this does feel a big step for you, I suggest taking time to contact a few practitioners that you are drawn to in the first instance, (as well as ensuring that they are properly qualified) as finding someone that you ‘fit’ with is very personal and important if the work is to get off to a good start.   I always offer a brief phone call if a client has contacted me by e-mail, in order that you can get a sense of me, and equally so that I can gauge the issues you are dealing with, and whether I feel I can be of help to you (on occasion it may be more useful to refer you to a colleague or other health professional).

Counselling v. psychotherapy…. what’s the difference and what do I need?

There is no firm delineation between these two different ways of working; thus, it can be confusing to know what is going to be right for you. Perhaps an important difference to note, is that a psychotherapy training takes longer and is more in depth, requiring more academic training hours and more evidence of experience with clients prior to qualifying than a counselling training. With counselling, the focus differs in that it tends towards the shorter term, those more ‘problem focussed’ issues such as bereavement, work issues, marital break-up, life stage changes, for example. How psychotherapy may differ is if it became clear that for a client the current bereavement, for example, was bringing to the surface deeper issues of past losses that have impacted the client’s sense of themselves, their identity - who they are in the world - how life has or hasn’t been the way they had imagined; then we may begin to feel that longer term psychotherapy is indicated. If you came to see me, we may well begin with this ‘problem focus’ of counselling and move to something broader and deeper; psychotherapeutic, if that felt useful. For other clients, coming for a shorter number of sessions is enough to alleviate the issue and create some clarity.

(1)   (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/about-mental-health-problems/)
(2)   https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/28/simon-pegg-lost-transmissions-mental-health-blm-film-industry-mission-impossible-7


I work one to one with adults, young people and couples.   Some of the issues I work with are:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Complex Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Menopause issues
  • Pregnancy issues/loss/miscarriage/termination
  • IVF
  • Eating disorders
  • Career issues and choices
  • Problems at work or school/college
  • Self-harm
  • Abuse

I have a Certificate in Supervision from CSTD, Bath and I am particularly interested in working with those at the beginning of their practice.

I work from The Practice Rooms in Cheltenham. This venue is centrally located in a purpose building with comfortable, quiet and secure rooms. From July 2020, I will also be working from my dedicated home office in Chalford.


Training, qualifications & experience

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University, 2017

Diploma Person-Centred Counselling, Metanoia, 1994

Accredited member of BACP

Certificate in Supervision at Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) Bath

Certificate in Couples Therapy, CRCT

Previous roles include Course Leader for Counselling, BCPC, Bath, in-house counsellor for multi GP practice, secondary school counsellor, Oasis Academy, Bristol, locum counsellor with Brook, volunteer counsellor with Wandsworth Youth Advisory Service, Cotswold Counselling and Isis Women's Centre and private practice in London.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

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

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.

UK Council for 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

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

one to one counselling/psychotherapy £55 per 50 minute session with adults and young people

Couples £75 per 60 minute session

Concessions maybe available depending on circumstances


Supervision   self-funded: £55 for 50 mins (organisations £65)

Further information

I offer telephone counselling and may undertake home visits on request. I am particularly interested in the personal and family impact of pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, IVF, childbirth and women's life stages including menopause.  I have many years experience of working with those in late teens/early 20's and the particular issues that can effect them. My interest in working with this age group is supported by evidence from my practice that shows early intervention and support for a young person can prevent and/or temper future problems.

I am experienced working with couples and have completed a 'Certificate in Relational Couples Therapy'.

The Practice Rooms
32 Cambray Place
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1JP

Chalford
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

There are a number of short flights of stairs in The Practice Rooms - please ask for further information if you think this will be a problem for you.

Availability

I have daytime and limited evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision

I am a supervisor to qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists.

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Sarah Wooster Counsellor MBACP (accredited), UKCP registered Psychotherapist

Sarah Wooster Counsellor MBACP (accredited), UKCP registered Psychotherapist