I offer respectful warmth for the growth and well being of children, young people and adults. My approach is non-directional, so it's not about me telling someone what to do; rather it's about finding out together what's right for my client as a unique individual.
My experience in secondary schools working with children and young people, firstly as a special needs TA, then Schools Counsellor has given me an understanding of how challenging life can be for our children. Often parents/carers find themselves feeling helpless as they see their child experience anxiety, low self esteem, self harm, isolation, suicidal ideation...
I have been a practicing counsellor for children, young people and adults in schools, agency settings and in private practice for over 6 years. In addition I have extensive experience of counselling adults referred to me via Essex County Council. I also have experience in counselling looked after children alongside fostering agencies and schools.
My specialist qualification is in children and young people and I am an accredited member of the BACP demonstrating a higher standard of competence and experience as an ethical and independent practitioner.
Counselling person-centred practice including creative and play therapy for children and young people.
Person-centred skills for counselling for children and young people.
Person-centred theory for counselling for children and young people.
Understanding psychosocial development in children and young people.
Historical perspectives in children and young people.
Contemporary perspectives in children and young people.
Understanding psychopathology in children, young people and adults.
Understanding difference and diversity in children, young people and adults.
Understanding the differences and ethical considerations between online and face to face counselling sessions.
I am an accredited registered member (registration number 339116) of the BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. They are an ethical body in place to protect my clients and myself. More details can be found on www.bacp.co.uk
Sarah Robins MBACP DipHe Prof. Dip Psy C. Hyp Dip (Paediatrics) Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Developing a positive & open relationship is really important, especially if we are going to be talking about issues that bring up complicated emotions for you, so getting this 'right fit' is a priority. Therapy is tailored to suit you and I will always conduct an Assessment first. During this session I will gather relevant information, but more importantly it gives you the opportunity to see whether you feel comfortable, as I aim to make the whole process as stress free as possible.
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapist. This means I not only look at what's going on in your life now, but we can explore the past experiences that might have shaped your personality and the decisions you make. For some clients using a combination of positive visualisation alongside traditional counselling proves very effective in building confidence and combating anxiety but we will work in a way that best supports you.
I am insured with enhanced DBS clearance to work with children, and as a qualified Paediatric Hypnotherapist I am able to use relaxation techniques to help young ones feel comfortable.
In addition to my broad training and experience of supporting clients through addictions, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, body confidence and sexuality issues, grief and loss, I have a particular interest in the effects of pediatric pain and specialist training in Couples therapy.
I am a registered member (register number 376601) of the BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. They are an ethical body in place to protect my clients and myself.
Open, non-judgemental and professional support: creating the right conditions to help you resolve problem issues as a Counsellor and Supervisor.
A flexible approach, an open mind, and a belief that everyone has the ability – with the right support – to find their way through those life challenges that can see us thrown off balance. These are at the heart of what I bring to counselling. sometimes it just helps to talk.
My task is to help you understand your experience of the world and those aspects that may be having negative effects on your wellbeing. Together we will look at how you might address your concerns, and how you might find your own resolutions. We will work together, aiming to develop your own capacity to bring about positive change.
I believe that, given the space, opportunity and appropriate attitudinal conditions, my clients can be guided in finding answers to psychological issues that oppress and hinder them. Together we can explore elements of your life you may find difficult at present and plan your route forward.
I trained in what is known as the person-centred approach (a degree course accredited by the University of Essex) and I have subsequently added cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment focus therapy, along with training in specific issues, to my skills. I have extensive experience with problems faced by adolescents – anger and depression, self-harm, bullying and the general pressures of modern life for the young – and help provide tools for growth and development that empowers and educates. I also cover major issues faced by adults: Anxiety (GAD and Social), Depression, financial or work strains, personal and family relationships, bereavement and separation. Through additional LINK training with Barnardo's I am able to offer counselling to adults and young people who are currently or historically affected by adoption. This work is carried out though the Barnardo's organisation.
Qualifications and Training
BA (Hons) Counselling Studies - University of Essex
Dip. Person-centred Counselling - University of Essex
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Attachment Focus Therapy (Barnardo's)
Certificate in Emotion-Focused Therapy
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
HEA Fellow of Education
Certificate in Supervision
Work experience includes:
- Short-term counselling for a local charity that offers support to young people aged 12+.
- Private Practice offering long term and brief therapy to adults and adolescents.
-Counselling support for adolescents (looked after children) in care.
- Counselling adults in a residential home for individuals requiring long term psychiatric support.
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Working with Adoption (All work is carried out via Barnardo's charity)
- Lecturer in Counselling Studies
Continued Professional Development training:
Legal and illegal Substance Abuse
Harm to self and Others
Person-centred approaches to trauma: Post traumatic growth
Loss and Bereavement
Making Sense of Voices
Child Sexual Exploitation
Introduction to online therapy
*Accreditation of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the largest and broadest body within counselling Registration no 53652- http://www.bacp.co.uk/about_bacp
I offer you time and a safe space where I will listen without judgement to what ever it is that has brought you to counselling.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I am able to adapt my way of working to ensure that you have the supportive space you need to explore what you're finding difficult and why that might be the case. For example, do you prefer gentle questions or is being challenged more your thing? Either way, "you're in the driving seat" as we work together to address your needs.
Having worked as part of a local NHS Hospital Based Counselling Service since 2017, I've had the privilege of working with lots of different people and issues when either patients or family members have been impacted by life altering or life limiting illnesses. I have also been involved in setting up and facilitating an Anxiety Management Group in this setting.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am passionate about working both professionally and ethically and within this organisation's published Ethical Framework. All of my certificates, membership information and the Ethical Framework referred to above are available to view during our sessions.
I have also been a volunteer for the Stroke Association, since 2016.
Prior to training as a Counsellor, I spent 14 years working in the Professional Services industry in Central London, first as an International Human Resources Consultant then as a Manager so understand the impact that stress (work related and other), anxiety and other mental health issues can have in the workplace.
· MHFA England Mental Health First Aider; MHFA England
· CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling; The Counsel House, Wickford
· CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies; The Counsel House, Wickford
· CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; The Counsel House, Wickford
· AQA Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Concepts; The Counsel House, Wickford
· BSc (ECONOMICS) Accounting & Finance; The London School of Economics and Political Science, London
I am a registered member (register number 376960) of the BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. They are an ethical body in place to protect my clients and myself.
You may have some ideas as to why you are seeking counselling or you may simply feel the need to talk to someone. You might have experienced a loss, bereavement, a change in family circumstances or a relationship. You might be suffering from an illness or health problems. Perhaps you have problems at work, with your employment or finances. You might have lost touch with yourself or feel uncertain about a life decision. You may be confused, unhappy, depressed, anxious, worried or sad. You may have concerns about your body, weight, appearance, sexuality, drugs or alcohol. You may experienced a trauma or an abusive relationship.
I have experience of providing both short and long-term therapy. I have worked in GP surgeries, for the NHS and the mental health organisation MIND. I have been qualified for over 10 years and work in private practice with couples, individuals and young people. I also have experience in IVF, SID and cohesive or controlling relationships. I have also worked as a co-leader on a Certificate in Counselling skills course at a Chelmsford based counselling training centre. In addition I am qualified in providing post-cult counselling and recovery to clients and family members who have an experience of cults or high demand groups and coercive relationships.
I am a registered member (register number 679178) of the BACP, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. They are an ethical body in place to protect my clients and myself.