My name is Sarah and I am an experienced Humanistic counsellor practising in Brighton and Hove. I understand how difficult it can be to ask for help when you are struggling. The essence of Humanistic counselling is the belief that everyone has the capacity to heal and move forward given awareness and the right conditions. For me, therapy has been incredibly important, healing and rewarding. As a counsellor I hope to offer you what I have experienced myself. Humanistic therapies treat everyone as individuals focusing on their unique experience, self-development and growth.
In addition to my private practice, I also volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care (specialising in bereavement counselling). In addition I have volunteered as a counsellor with Brighton Women’s Centre (providing gender specific trauma informed therapy) and Pavilions Drug and Alcohol Services in their Families and Carers Team.
My experience and how I work
I work with clients, in person and online. Those who have have experienced bereavement and loss or who have felt helpless in supporting their families through addiction. Clients who are living with trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, and those who have felt suicidal, lonely, rejected and of little worth. No matter what issues have been raised in our sessions, I have always believed in the value and possibilities inherent in each person. I feel honoured to be able to work with people in this deeply profound and therapeutic way, witnessing both the joy and pain experienced as they face their best and worst times.
If you are asking yourself “will I ever get over this grief?” or “I feel really low and I have been feeling like this for too long”, I provide a compassionate environment for you to work at your own pace, using talking therapy and creativity to begin to uncover issues that could be making it difficult for you to find peace. People begin therapy for many different reasons. I work confidentially and without judgement to provide a safe space to share your worries and fears, no matter how confusing they may be. Being heard properly for the first time can be an important step in the process of exploring things about ourselves that can be difficult to understand or acknowledge. In essence, when you allow yourself the time and the space to be heard, and someone truly listens, then talking can help you feel valued, alive and connected.
Qualifications and Registration:
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Trauma Certificate including Severe and Complex Trauma, Disassociation and Attachment
Certificate of Completion – Counselling Older Adults
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Disenfranchised Grief and Sudden and Traumatic Death
Mental Health First Aid, including suicide awareness
BACP and Open University counselling online: Coronavirus Primer Putting Bereaved People First Working Creatively with Blocked Anger Learning to Love Online Therapy
Registered Member – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited register membership