I trained in Integrative and Existential Psychotherapy at the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College in London. I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
I believe strongly that it’s the client who’s the expert on their own feelings and experiences, and my job is to help them to focus on those, rather than coming to them with any theoretical ideas of my own of what may be causing their difficulties. For some people, coming to counselling is the first time that they may have ever been able to learn to feel and understand their emotions in detail, rather than trying to run away or cope with them by blocking them out. Although this can be a difficult process it can also be a very rewarding one and can lead to a real change in outlook, strength and ability to cope.
I have many years’ experience of working with people in the Worcestershire area, including work with homeless people at a local day centre, and with vulnerable women using two local women’s centres.
I have also volunteered for several years as a counsellor with a low-cost general counselling service in Gloucestershire.
Sarah Jeffery MBACP
Over the past several years, I have had counselling myself on a number of occasions, so I do have a personal understanding of what it can be like to be in the client’s chair. I know that it can seem quite daunting to begin with, but I believe that exploring and talking about our difficulties and problems in a safe place, with someone who is trained to listen, can be a really helpful way of resolving them. It can help us to see more clearly and gain insights into ourselves and our emotions.
This process can really help us to feel more in control of our lives, helping us to find out what we really want – and how to make the changes that we need.