Sarah Worley-James MA Couns, MBACP Senior Accred. Counsellor, and Supervisor
I am a fully qualified counsellor since 1999, with experience in both the voluntary and public sector. I offer individual and couples therapy, both face to face and online; via email, instant messaging or webcam. Issues that I work with include stress and anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, bereavement, anger management, substance misuse, and trauma and abuse.
My counselling is based on a Humanistic-Existential approach, which recognises that we all need to find our own meaning and path in life. I focus on helping you develop your self-awareness, to understand how you relate to yourself and the world around you. I work flexibly with the needs of the individual client, integrating appropriately from other counselling approaches; principally Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I will work with you to identify your strengths, challenge unhelpful thinking cycles, and utilise your inner resources to develop new coping strategies and move forward in a more positive direction. I find the use of imagery powerful in helping you understand your emotions and find a way forward. As, by focusing solely on spoken or written words, the individual meaning and experience of that feeling can be more difficult to describe and understand. Whereas a unique image can bring a tangibility and solidity to that emotion, helping you to find a new understand, and a different way to approach your difficulties.
Each client is, of course, unique, and it is important that I acknowledge and work with the diversity within the counselling relationship, as I aim to create a safe, non-judgemental, trusting therapeutic space. We will work collaboratively to help you express yourselves fully, and reflect on and explore your issues.
I will have a regular reviews with you, to enable you to reflect on the counselling process, and decide whether you have got everything you need from counselling, or whether you feel more sessions would help.
I also provide supervision, having supervised a mixture of student and qualified counsellors since 2003.
I provide sessions at my home address in a room used exclusively for counselling, which I have tried to make as comfortable and relaxed an environment as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally qualified as a counsellor in 1999, completing my Masters in Counselling in 2006. I am a senior accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered with the UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I successfully passed the OCST Online Counselling course in 2011 and am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. My experience has been within both the voluntary and public sector. I have ten years experience in the substance misuse field and have delivered employee counselling since 2002. I am currently a senior counsellor in a higher education institution, having joined at the beginning of 2009; counselling both students and staff. In 2011 I set up the online counselling service there and continue to develop it.
I have been supervising counsellors since 2003, both those going through their counselling training and qualified. I have an OCST qualification in online supervision. I am currently Chair of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
I also have experience since 2002 of writing and delivering a range of workshops on substance misuse, and since 2009 on stress and anxiety, insomnia, perfectionism and anger management. I wrote and taught on a BACP accredited counselling diploma course for seven years and an introduction to counselling course for two years.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
The initial consultation is £30 to allow you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, and for us to decide what you want to focus on and get from your counselling. Thereafter I charge £60 for individual sessions, £75 for couples work.
If you need to cancel, please (unless it is an emergency) give me 24 hours notice, otherwise I will need to charge half the fee for your session.
For supervision, I charge £40 for student counsellors and £60 for qualified counsellors for an hour's supervision. For an hour and a half's supervision £50 (students) and £75(qualified).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Thursday evenings 8.00pm
Types of client