- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
Tuesday: 9am - 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 2pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday and Mondays I do not work.
Hours may vary slightly from the above list but these are my average hours.
About me and my therapy practice
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a counsellor working in Central Southend. My counselling practice is based within the University of Essex building, which is right by Southend Central train station.
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-judgemental environment. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore past and present issues in a safe, confidential space.
Despite how daunting counselling may be 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 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. I combine techniques from the following approaches to counselling:
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
TA (Transactional Analysis)
Play Therapy (for children & young people)
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.
Feel free to check out my website: www.slcounselling.co.uk for more information about my practice!
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 the University of Essex. Please know that when you arrive at the University building you will need to sign in at the ground floor reception desk. The receptionist will sign you in along with showing you where you need to go.
I will come to meet you in the reception area on the 4th floor. Once we've arrived at my office and settled. I will ask you about your experience with counselling, if you had counselling before or not.
This discussion will lead to talking through a contract which 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, Short-term face-to-face work