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About me

How we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others are pivotal elements to understanding our path through life. One of the hardest steps is to recognise that we don't have all the answers and to seek help in order to explore the meanings that we attach to things.

I aim to make this a safe and containing experience, where there is no teacher, no pupil, rather a collaborative journey which enables you to formulate different ways of thinking, as well as become aware of hidden meanings which may be influencing behaviour. Through the exploration, life can begin to be experienced in a conscious, rather than reactive way, which can in turn enable you to maintain healthy emotions and outlooks.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

As well as working in private practice I have also worked as a counsellor for many years in Her Majesty's Prison Service, at Cambridge University and at a Women's Centre. I am experienced in long-term psychodynamic work and also short term solution-focused therapy.

Member organisations


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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopause Issues


Additional information

£45 per session for individuals, £65 for couples. However I do offer some reduced fee sessions for low income clients - please feel free to enquire regarding this.

St Albans

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Shelagh Sara-Kennedy

Shelagh Sara-Kennedy