Hello, I'm Sarah (she/her pronouns) and I am a qualified humanistic and integrative counsellor based in Bath.
I trained at The Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC) from 2014-2018, volunteered at The Swan Project Bristol working long term with clients struggling with addiction.
Alongside my private practice with adults I work with Off the Record BANES, providing counselling for young people. In these roles I have developed experience in many different areas of mental heath and wellbeing.
Helping people to understand themselves and their lives and discover what is meaningful to them has given meaning to me and my life.
I strive to offer an open minded, inclusive service. I am an ally of those in LGBTQ+ communities and work at expanding my knowledge and therapeutic practice in GSRD (gender, sexuality and relationship diversity).
I combine a fundamentally person centred way of working, with the integration of psychodynamic concepts and ideas from other approaches to suit the individual.
Past experiences may have shaped how we now relate in our current lives. I believe that working relationally with a therapist in the present can be a safe and meaningful way to explore and understand aspects of our relationships with ourselves and others.
I'm passionate about my therapeutic work. I love meeting new people and establishing meaningful and healing connections.
Seeing the whole person is important to me. A holistic approach for me means working with the person’s experience and feelings in relation to all parts of themselves; emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.
Experience has shown me that when we receive the kind of listening and relating from another that is empathic and non-judgemental, we can feel genuinely valued which can lead to feelings of greater self-acceptance.
To keep the best interests and safety of my client in mind is a crucial part of my work ethos. I'm a registered member of BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework of Good Practice for Counsellors.
Client confidentiality is an important aspect of counselling. However there are limitations to this for example if there's a risk of serious harm to clients or others, or if the law requires a disclosure of information. In these situations I will usually discuss the situation with clients and gain consent where possible.
I receive regular supervision with a professional supervisor during which I share aspects of my client work. These sessions are completely confidential and serve to protect the best interests of the client as well as support me in any challenges I might be experiencing in my work.