About me

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Are you affected by Covid-19? If this is the case and it is causing you anxiety I can offer a thirty minute session which includes relaxation and coping techniques to managing this anxiety. I am able to offer alongside these techniques an extremely effective, non-pharmacological device called Alpha Stim - developed in the United States and now used worldwide - for clients who present with anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression. BTW a recent programme on BBC1 - "The truth about improving your mental health" - featured the unit.

People at times regard seeking counselling as a weakness, however in my view it actually shows great strength to seek support when you are facing issues in your life. Having the courage to look 'inside yourself' is the first step. Working together, I will be there to provide a safe and confidential environment in which we can explore a way forward together.

It is a privilege to have acquired the skills to support people who are facing challenges such as: Relationship issues; Stress; Psychological Trauma and PTSD; Anxiety/Depression; Anger issues; Bereavement & Loss; & Phobias

Therapy sessions can be arranged on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, and are usually for fifty minutes. Charges range from £55.00/£85.00 per session for a single client and £70.00/£95.00 for couples. I offer daytime or evening sessions from Monday through Friday, and in special circumstances sessions on Saturday mornings, however there will be a 15% uplift on the agreed week-day fee.

My practice is based in Lower Earley, within easy reach of Reading, Woodley, Earley, Winnersh, Shinfield, Aborfield and Wokingham. Parking is available and Reading Buses route 21 will bring you almost to my door.

I have developed my integrative practice through applying a number of different therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence based therapy now widely used in the NHS.  Recently I have specialised in Psychological Trauma and PTSD, as well as Couple Counselling.

Choosing the right therapy or therapies will be the most important way in which we will be able to build our relationship and to help you in dealing with your unique situation, and I hope that should we decide to work together we will achieve a positive result.

In my career I  have supported many clients who have felt traumatised and unable to see the way forward, but who have managed to work through their issues with the appropriate supporting therapy.

My key areas of experience cover the following: Trauma, Relationship issues, Addiction (I worked as an addiction counsellor in the NHS for many years), Anxiety, Stress-related issues, Phobias, and Anger Management, however I can also offer counselling for many other areas of concern.

Please feel free to visit my website innerselfcounselling.com or contact me by telephone (07789 502 105) or email (sasben@msn.com) to discuss your particular situation in more detail.  All contact is treated confidentially.

Please note that I am also trained to work with minors, providing a parent or guardian, gives written consent.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Psychology.
Diploma in Hypnotherapy.
Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

PgDip in Psychological Trauma and PTSD.

I am a member of the BACP (MBACP) and bound by their ethical code of practice. The standards are available on the BACP website. I am on the BACP Register for Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

I am also an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

£50.00/£75.00 per 50 minute session for single clients & £70.00/£85.00 for couples. Payment: credit/debit card and cash.

I offer day and evening sessions Monday through Friday and on Saturday morning - please note I will charge a 10% uplift on an agreed weekday fee if a Saturday session is requested.

I also offer concessions for those on low income. Please contact me for more information.


Available appointments: Monday to Friday all day and Saturday morning - please note that I will charge a 15% uplift on the agreed week-day fee for any special Saturday appointments

Further information

Within close proximity to Earley Station, approx. 4 miles from Reading, and Reading Bus service 21

Testimonials from clients:
"Normally I can't open up, but with you it has been remarkable easy."     (FS)
" I feel so much better, counselling really helped me."         (YS)
" I can see things much clearer now, it was good to get it all out"  (YK)


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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