My name is Sarah and I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist in centre of Southend in Essex. I’m a registered member of the BACP. I have experience in counselling all ages from children to the elderly. My counselling practice is in the centre of Southend at the University of Essex which is just off the High Street right by Southend Central train station.
I work in an integrative manner, but at the foundation of my practice is a Person Centred/ Humanistic approach. This is summed up by Carl Rogers (founder of the Person Centred approach) when he said “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”.
At the core of my practice is my belief that you are the only expert in your life. Therefore I believe that every person has the ability to change and that I can provide support and knowledge to help you develop skills that will empower you to cope better with life’s challenges.
I know through personal experience that the choice to contact a counsellor is rather daunting and scary. Therefore I can assure you that I will show you empathy, honesty and understanding, as well as providing a non-judgemental environment. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore past and present issues in a safe, confidential space.
Despite how daunting counselling may be I have seen that the first step is always worthwhile because I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the benefits of counselling.
I am a fully qualified counsellor/therapist for both children and adults. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore I adhere to their ethical framework and code of conduct which is available from https://www.bacp.co.uk/.
My qualifications include:
- BA Hons 1st class Counselling Degree
- Foundation Degree in Counselling with distinction
- Ascentis Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course (Cruse Bereavement Care)
- Level 1 Mental health training (Mind)
- Transactional Analysis and Inner Child Training – 5 day workshop
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in understanding behaviour that challenges
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) – 1 day training workshop
- Living with a narcissist – 1 day training workshop
- Working with addiction – 1 day training workshop
- Treating generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks – 1 day training workshop
- Understanding and working with suicide – 1 day training workshop
As a member of the BACP I am required to undertake at least 30 hours of training each year and attend regular supervision (minimum of an hour and a half each month).
Through my career as a counsellor I have worked for various organisations. One of these organisations was Place2Be, a charity based in schools. As part of this work I undertook additional training in understanding and counselling children and young people. My time at Place2Be enhanced my skills and knowledge in particular play therapy and the role it plays when working with children.
I have also volunteered with Cruse Bereavement Care supporting clients through the grieving process. Before becoming a volunteer at Cruse I had to undertake specialist training in loss and bereavement. The training and experience I gained has enhanced my practice as a counsellor because loss an inevitable part of life as it impacts people daily, not only when someone dies.
More recently, I have experience of working within a Southend college as a learning support mentor working with teenagers and young adults who have additional needs. These include supporting young people who have a learning disability, physical disability, mental health condition and those who have complex emotional and social needs. As part of this role I have undertaken additional training including special education need (SEN) training and safeguard training.
During the 2018 academic year I worked as a youth worker, alongside my counselling practice, working with vulnerable young people in Shoeburyness. I set up and ran a mentoring scheme, where young people were matched with an appropriate adult who would meet up with them to provide a listening ear and encourage them. I also ran youth trips and weekly clubs. This was alongside working in the chaplaincy office at a local high school providing a space at lunch time for any young person to come and have a chat or simply eat their lunch in a safe space. Being a youth worker for a year was an amazing opportunity to work with a variety of young people and support them with various issues. I believe this experience has enhanced my counselling practice with teenagers as I have more understanding of what young people are currently facing. This has been in addition to my ongoing volunteer work with young people in a local Girl’s Brigade group. All of this experience has given me a real passion to support young people and young adults which again I believe enhances my counselling practice.
I have been in private practice now for over 2 years and have over 700 client hours of experience with all ages including children, young people, young adults, adults and the elderly.
Tuesday all day apart from evening appointments
Wednesday from 1.30pm until 8.30pm
Thursday morning until 1pm
Friday afternoon from 1pm until 6.15pm
Saturday morning until 1pm
Please note I do not work on Sundays or Mondays.
These appointment times may vary but this generally when appointments will be available for more specific times please message me directly.
£45 for a 50 minute individual session
Student counsellors £30 for a 50 minute session