- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
Thursday: 9am - 2pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays I do not currently see clients.
Hours may vary slightly from the above list but these are my average hours.
About me and my therapy practice
I am currently unable to take on new clients or any general enquiries until 9th October 2021.
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a counsellor working in Southend. My counselling practice is based at Room 10, Prittlewell House, 30 East Street which is a 5 minute walk from Prittlewell train station and close to all major bus routes into Southend.
I know through personal experience that the choice to contact a counsellor is rather daunting and scary. Therefore I can assure you that I will show you empathy, honesty and understanding, as well as providing a non-judgmental environment. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore past and present issues in a safe, confidential space.
Despite how daunting counselling maybe I have seen that the first step is always worthwhile because I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the benefits of counselling.
I am a fully qualified counsellor/therapist for both children and adults. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore I adhere to their ethical framework and code of conduct which is available from https://www.bacp.co.uk/.
I offer both face to face sessions and online sessions via Vsee/Zoom or telephone sessions along with face to face sessions. I have completed an 80 hour training course with Online Therapy Institute to become a Certified Cyber Therapist.
I work in an integrative way which means that I use a variety of different techniques and skills which I tailor to fit your individual needs. This is because I believe every client is different and working integatively allows me to find the right approach for you.
At the core of my practice is my belief that you are the only expert in your life. Therefore I believe that every person has the ability to change and that I can provide support and knowledge to help you develop skills that will empower you to cope better with life's challenges.
My first session
Before your first session I will email you details of my office location and where you will need to go when you arrive at Prittlewell House. Along with information about parking, payment and how I am making my office Covid-secure.
When you arrive at Prittlewell House I will buzz you in. My office is at the top of two flighs of stairs on left handside. I will have my office door open ready for you to come straight in.
Once you are seated and comfortable I will discuss with you a contract this is something I go through with all new clients. The contract outlines what you can expect from me your therapist, what I expect from you, how I work as a therapist, confidentiality and gives an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Once we have discussed and agreed the contract I ask clients to complete an assessment/contact form. Some clients may write down all answers themselves, some ask me to write their answer as they prefer to answer questions verbally. The assessment gives the client the opportunity to share their story, why they are coming to therapy, what concerns they have and if they have any specific goals or aims for therapy. The assessment enables both myself and the client to ask questions and get a feel for if I am the right therapist for them and their issue.
This is an informal process and I try to make the first session as relaxed as possible as I know many clients are very nervous or scared about coming to therapy. I allow the client to take the session at their own pace. You are able to say as much or as little as you feel able to. There is no right or wrong way to answer and you do not need to tell me your whole story straight away.
If you have any further questions please feel free to email or call me I am happy to talk about the process more and answer your questions.
What I can help with
Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, OCD, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling