Face to Face and Online Counselling
"Humans' ability to grow is infinite when they feel safe" - Carl Rogers.
Latest news - this practice is closing down in Cornwall and will be relocating to Sussex in early September. I can no longer take on face to face clients. The online counselling part of the practice is still up and running. Thank you.
Welcome to my website, my name is Sarah and I am a person centred counsellor soon to be based in Worthing, East Sussex. I work therapeutically as a face to face counsellor and I also offer online counselling, through email or instant messaging.
I am a member of the National Counselling Society, and I adhere to the code of conduct of my professional body. This means that I protect client confidentiality and I am very mindful of their safety. With a deep respect for every aspect of the client's experience; and a commitment to creating a warm, empathic and supportive environment.
I have experience of working with abuse, alcohol and/or drug abuse, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, panic attacks, sexuality; and I also have an interest in Aspergers's syndrome and dyslexia.
I have found through a personal experience that people on the autistic spectrum may have a sense of isolation due to a struggle with social understanding or sensory difficulties; and this could lead to depression or anxiety for them. I therefore offer counselling to any one dealing with this in their lives; and I include parents or carers of young children with an ASD or dyslexia who may need support or a space to talk through their concerns. If you follow the link Asperger's syndrome you will find a list of organisations dedicated to this area.
Online counselling is offered as asynchronous (delayed response) through email via an encrypted server, for example 'Safe-mail'. Or synchronous (real time, immediate response) via an encrypted instant messaging service, how it works.
Therapy conducted through email or instant messaging can run on a weekly basis or more, depending on the clients' requirements. I also offer therapy sessions via web cam; if needed online counselling.
Online counselling is not recommended for people in crisis, other means of support is available if you are struggling right now helpful links.
I can work face to face with clients on an open ended basis or for an agreed period, and this can be discussed before the onset of counselling. A minimum of six sessions is recommended to give clients the opportunity to explore the issues they bring to therapy; and then decide if they want to extend the work. If you are looking for face to face counselling then you can either click here to email me or give me a call; all sessions are for sixty minutes.
My approach to therapy is a person centred one, this way of working is non judgmental and empathic, where the counsellor is real and genuine in the relationship. Carl Rogers who is the father of person centred therapy believed that under the right therapeutic conditions a person can work towards, and reach their fullest potential.
These conditions in the person centred model are empathy, unconditional positive regard (being non judgmental), and congruence (being genuine). Person centred counselling is essentially client led, which means the therapist is along side, holding the client emotionally; as they explore their feelings and the issues that may be stopping them from moving forward with their lives. This is because of the belief that everyone has an innate motivation to self actualise (realise their own maximum potential and possibility).
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be...When I look at a sunset I don't find myself saying, "soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner"...I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." - Carl Rogers.
This counselling approach can help with:-
If you would like to contact me to enquire about the counselling I can offer you, please do so by email or alternatively you can give me a call. click here to email me