It can be really tough, holding your hand up and admitting that life isn’t good at the moment. It’s OK not to be OK but it doesn’t have to be like this.
If you are fed up of feeling the way that you do.
Tired of not recognising the person in the mirror.
Exhausted by feeling low, anxious, scared, lost, overwhelmed, angry or feeling left behind.
Perhaps things have affected your relationships. Maybe you’ve stopped communicating, are constantly snapping, arguing or just avoiding other people.
Maybe this has left you feeling unheard, misunderstood and resentful.
It doesn’t have to be like this. You are not alone. I can help.
Taking positive steps towards healing
I’m Sarah, a Counsellor in Chorley and online. I can help you work through this tough time in your life, help you to become clearer on where you are, take control of overwhelming thoughts, and work out what positive steps you want to take towards the life that you want to live.
Here’s a little about me, along with a bit about my experience, qualifications and registrations
My approach is influenced by you and I will be flexible and adaptable to suit you, ensuring that you get what you need from our time together. We will go at your pace.
I work with adults, young people and couples or those in a relationship.
Making that first contact
I have experienced counselling myself and I understand that taking that initial step can be scary, embarrassing or bring a sense of failure.
I remember clearly picking up the phone but not dialing the number, starting to type an email but closing the laptop instead! Each time I convinced myself that things weren’t that bad or that other people’s problems were bigger or worse than mine.
Turns out that I wasn’t alone! On average, adults wait between 3 and 4 years before reaching out for help. But that’s 3 or 4 years spent feeling sad, low, empty, angry or stuck when it doesn’t have to be like this.
Counselling is the very best form of self care that I can think of. I’m here to help, whatever your experiences, current challenges or emotions; however big or small they may seem.
A supportive, caring environment
I am a warm, caring, calm and down to earth person. I will offer you a welcoming, comfortable and soothing space to allow you to focus on where you are now and where you want to be.
I’m compassionate, yet able to gently challenge to help you look at things from a different perspective. I’m not here to tell you what to do, but I will be alongside you, as you discover who and where you are now. Helping you to work through painful emotions, gain control and to feel stronger.
I truly believe that reaching for help is a strength and is the first step to overcoming your struggles, rather than feeling consumed by them.
You are welcome to arrange an initial meeting with me to see if I am the right Counsellor for you. Let’s talk.
Qualifications and Training
Below are some of my key qualifications:
- BSc (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Derby)
- Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Derby)
- Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Certificate in Online Counselling (Webcam and Phone)
- Understanding Bereavement
- Infant Loss Training
- Understanding Autism, ADHD & Asperger’s
- Creative Journalling
I regularly attend training days to keep my skills and knowledge current and up to date.
I’m a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the governing body for counselling and psychotherapy. I am bound by its Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct Procedure.
I’m a Professional Member of the Assocation of Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), which promotes and maintains high standards in Online Counselling.
I hold accreditation from The Foundation for Infant Loss.