Sarah Wooster Counsellor MBACP (accredited), UKCP registered Psychotherapist
Why counselling or psychotherapy? At difficult, challenging or particularly sad times in our lives we often turn to family or friends for support. However, sometimes those closest to us cannot help or we feel too ashamed to speak out or maybe we feel we might be a burden to those around. We might feel very alone with our problems. Sometimes we have been struggling with difficulties for so long it seems hopeless to try and make a change in our life.
Counselling can offer you the support and space to talk about what is going on and together try and make some sense of it all and to see a way through the difficulties. Often it is enough to have 4-6 sessions in order to begin to gain some clarity and perspective on what is happening and I often work with clients in this way. However, at other times longer term work is required especially when it seems that early experiences are still having an impact on life in the present in way that is not helpful to you.
It may feel difficult to make that first step towards getting some help and I remember myself the anxiety of talking about personal things with someone I didn't yet know. I welcome initial contact by telephone or e-mail to discuss whether counselling might be a good way forward and to answer any questions you may have. For myself I came to counselling and then psychotherapy when I was having real problems as a young woman; I felt unable to make sense of the world and how to 'be' in it and wondered if the sadness, depression and anxiety would ever change in me. The immense help I gained from counselling and psychotherapy convinced me that this was my life's work and I trained first as a counsellor and then, 10 years later, gained my Masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. My early difficulties are not forgotten however and I am left with a commitment and deep interest in helping and supporting young people as well as adults.
If we decide to meet for a consultation we can talk about what is happening in your life right now, what you might want from counselling or psychotherapy and how we might work together. I work both short term (4-8 sessions) and longer term.
My approach values the client's ability to, with support from the counsellor, find their own answers and solutions to what is troubling them in their life. However, each client is unique and I integrate other ways of working that may feel useful to the client at any given time; sometimes suggesting different ways of thinking about problems, feelings and personal difficulties.
I work one to one with adults and young people. Some of the issues I work with are:
- Depression and anxiety
- Anger management
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship issues
- Menopause issues
- Pregnancy issues/loss/miscarriage/termination
- Eating disorders
- Career issues and choices
- Problems at work or school/college
I have a Certificate in Supervision from CSTD, Bath and I am particularly interested in working with students in training and those at the beginning of their practice.
I mainly work from The Practice Rooms in Cheltenham. This venue is centrally located in a purpose building with comfortable, quiet and secure rooms.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
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
Course Leader for Counselling, BCPC, Bath
Previous roles include 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.
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one to one counselling/psychotherapy £55 per 50 minute session with adults and young people
Couples £65 per 50 minute session
Concessions maybe available depending on circumstances
Supervision self-funded: £55 for 50 mins (organisations £65)
I offer telephone counselling and also 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 young people 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 also experienced working with couples and have completed a 'Certificate in Relational Couples Therapy'.
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I have daytime and limited evening appointments
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Supervision & training
I am a supervisor to qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. I have a Certificate in Supervision from CSTD, Bath and see supervisees at my private practice in Chalford and at The Practice Rooms, Cheltenham.View supervision profile