Hello, I’m Sarah, a professionally trained and fully qualified Counsellor. My core training is as a person-centred counsellor, however I also use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques and elements of Transactional Analysis (please see my FAQ page for a description of these therapies). Working this way enables me to adapt the way I work to suit you, to ensure I am meeting your individual needs.
I undertook my own personal counselling as part of my training. I found it helped me overcome anxiety and grief that I had been holding on to and that had previously turned my world upside down. I was able to find more meaning and balance in my life. Having experienced counselling first-hand, I understand the sense of vulnerability and am very mindful of the need to feel safe enough to explore any difficulties you have in a non-judgmental and confidential environment.
As well as my private practice, I also work as a Counsellor and Psycho-educational Group Facilitator for an NHS Tier 3 weight management provider, where I have received specialist training to work with obesity and patients with a high BMI, as well as an understanding of bariatric surgery. Previously, I have worked for a residential rehabilitation programme offering counselling to those in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, as well as volunteering as a Bereavement Counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am fully insured, have ongoing clinical supervision and regularly attend courses to enhance my knowledge and professionalism.
Training and Qualifications:
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse
Ascentis Cruse Bereavement Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course
Transactional Analysis 101
Certificate in Couples Dynamics: Working with Couples and Relationships
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Registration No.098208
Continuing Professional Development:
Cruse Bereavement Care – Sudden and Traumatic Death/Bereavement by Suicide
Kenward Trust – Drug and Alcohol Awareness
PODS – Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Wealden Institute -Trauma and Recovery Foundation
KCC – Safeguarding & Adult Protection Awareness
Professor Julia Buckroyd – Understanding Your Eating
One In Four – Working with Shame/Internal Protectors and Saboteurs
The Psychopathology of Obesity and therapeutic working with the Overweight Patient
Understanding Bariatric Surgery
Psychological Assessments/MDT Assessments
Assessing People with Complex Mental Health Difficulties
Facilitating Psycho-Educational Groups
Psychological Wellbeing Training – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Interventions
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