Face to Face and Online Counselling
"Humans' ability to grow is infinite when they feel safe" - Carl Rogers.
Welcome to my website, my name is Sarah and I am a person centred counsellor based in Worthing, West Sussex. I work therapeutically as a face to face counsellor and I also offer online counselling, through email, instant messaging or webcam.
There are times in our lives when it is difficult to cope. We may be dealing with a specific life changing event, struggling in our relationships, or experiencing a challenging work environment. When we are overwhelmed or feeling out of control, our perspective and our sense of self can fall out of balance. Talking to a counsellor, and working through difficult feelings, is a positive step towards rebalancing our lives, and finding our true perspective again.
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 10 years experience of working therapeutically with clients. As a specialist trauma counsellor I supported clients who were dealing with anxiety, addiction, depression, domestic violence, panic attacks, PTSD, sexual abuse, sexuality, social anxiety, trauma.
I also work with autism, and other aspects of neurodiversity for example dyslexia and ADHD. Individuals on the autistic spectrum may have feelings of isolation due to a struggle with social understanding or sensory overload, they may have also experienced some form of exclusion in their lives, perhaps at work or school. This can lead to depression, anxiety and sometimes self harm. I therefore offer counselling to any one dealing with this in their lives; and I include parents or carers of young children who are neurodiverse and may need support or a space to talk through their concerns. If you follow the link autism you will find a list of organisations dedicated to this area.
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.
Therapy can also be conducted via webcam (zoom). Please do contact me with any questions you might have about online counselling, alternatively follow this link for more detailed information online counselling.
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.
Online counselling is not recommended for people in crisis, other means of support is available if you are struggling right now helpful links.
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).
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
A traveler comes across a swollen river that he needs to cross but the current is too strong for swimming. He builds a raft that carries him safely over. On arrival at the far bank he picks up the raft and carries it on his back for the rest of his life in case he has to cross another swollen river.
Let's look to see what we are still doing that served us once but is no longer appropriate and yet we hang on to "just in case". The way we had of dealing with a childhood fear which we still practice although the fear, and our childhood, are gone. The attitudes we had when we were poor which we no longer need now we are more financially comfortable, or perhaps the reverse now we have met harder times.
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