Sarah Stead, DipHE, MBACP Registered
I provide professional, caring and confidential counselling for individuals in Leeds and Halifax. I can work with a range of issues (see below) and have specialist expertise in bereavement. I work by exploring your world and how life is for you - at your pace.
Counselling can help you to:
- feel happy with yourself
- enjoy healthy relationships with other people
- find a way forward with the situation you are in
There are daytime and evening appointments available on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Leeds. I currently have appointments available on Fridays in Halifax.
Previous clients have said:
"I don't think I would have made it through the last six months without you."
"Thank you so much for your help and support over the past six months. You've made me understand things about my life that I know I never would have on my own. For that I am very grateful and know that I am better prepared for the future. Thank you."
"Thank you for your patience and understanding. I really appreciate the hours you have given me."
"Thank you - our sessions have really helped me to sort my head out - you've helped me to answer questions by myself and I never thought this would happen."
"Thank you so much for all your help over the past few months. I've made such big changes and I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for all your time and patience."
I believe in:
- acting with integrity
- respecting all clients and counsellors
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and committed to working to the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.
I have an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Disclosure dated July 2008.
All my counselling work is supervised by an experienced Psychotherapist.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began as a Listening Volunteer for Samaritans providing support to people in crisis over the telephone, via email or in one-to-one face-to-face sessions. During my time as a Samaritan I realised that therapeutic work with people was my passion.
My training since then includes:
- Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Developing Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling
- Certificate in Bereavement Care (OCNW Accredited)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Bereavement Matters Conference
- Sudden and Traumatic Death
- Mental Capacity Act 2005
I can help you with:
- A general feeling of unhappiness with life
- Relationship issues e.g. relationship difficulties with your partner
- Relationships with members of your family
- Exam stress
- Domestic violence
- An alcoholic in the family
- Building self confidence
- Having better self esteem
- Overcoming problems at work
- Suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide
Specialist expertise in bereavement
I have been a Bereavement Support Worker in Leeds since 2008. I am trained and experienced in grief and bereavement counselling with 12 years specialist experience of providing one-to-one support for people experiencing difficult grief.
If you are struggling to come to terms with the death of someone who means a lot to you, then I can offer counselling to help you explore the worst parts of your grief. I can help with:
- Death of life partner, parent or child
- Sudden or unexpected death
- Traumatic death, e.g. fatal accident, murder or manslaughter, suicide
- Times when more than one person has died
- When you have experienced a series of bereavements over a period of time
- If the death happened a long time ago
- Death of someone following prolonged illness
- Death of someone you were caring for
- Pregnancy loss/miscarriage
- Recent deaths
- Coping with the death of someone who is terminally ill
- Coping with anniversaries and birthdays
I offer short-term and long-term counselling.
Alongside my private practice, I am also an Affiliate Counsellor with AXA PPP Healthcare and have been accepted by RedArc nurses to offer counselling to their patients. I also accept referrals from ELAS Occupational Health and Optimal Health.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
When you first make contact I will:
o respond as quickly as possible
o ask a little about the difficulties you are facing, to make sure I am the right person to help
o find a suitable time to meet, if you would like to
o make a note of your telephone number and email address
o email you to confirm the time and location of our meeting, if we have arranged to meet
What to expect from our first meeting
The nature of our first meeting will be very different from any following meetings. This meeting is about asking questions and finding out about you and the counselling I offer. We will then decide whether we would like to carry on working together in the future. If we do, we will read over the contract together and talk about how many sessions you might like. Sessions are weekly.
The first session will last 50 minutes and will cost £26.
What to expect from subsequent sessions
Your counselling sessions are your space to explore your thoughts and feelings. I will follow your lead and you can start wherever feels most appropriate to you. If you don't know where to start, that's OK too. Together, we will work it out. Periodically, we will look at where you started, where you are now and which things still need to be explored - to make sure your counselling sessions are giving you what you need and that we are on track.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £46 per session.
What to expect from our last session together
Our last session is a chance for us to look back over our work together. We can note the high points and low points. Finally, we will say our goodbyes.
Last counselling sessions are 50 minutes and cost £46 per session.
I work in three locations - Leeds city centre, north Leeds and Halifax.
I work at Healthwise Leeds Therapy Centre on Wednesdays (mornings and early afternoon) which is conveniently located on Scott Hall Road in north Leeds. It is above a dental practice with parking directly outside. The 7A, 7S and 91 buses stop nearby.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I work at Prospect House (Sovereign Street, LS1 4BJ) in Leeds which is a convenient 5 minute walk from Leeds train station. There is also on-street parking right outside and multi-storey parking at Sovereign Square and Trinity. I am at Prospect House Wednesday late afternoon & evening and Thursday daytime and evening.
I work at Elland Wellbeing Centre in Halifax on Fridays where there is free parking. Elland Wellbeing Centre is about 5 minutes drive from junction 24 of the M62.
Protecting your data
When you contact me with an enquiry about my counselling services I will collect information to help me satisfy your enquiry. This will include your name, your email address and your telephone number.
If you decide not to proceed I will ensure all your personal data is deleted within 30 days. If you would like me to delete this information sooner, just let me know.
Your privacy is very important to me and you can be confident that your personal information will be kept safe and secure and will only be used for the purpose it was given to me. I adhere to current data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) (the GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.