Personal intentions

SarahI’ve had a lifelong interest in human relationships – especially in living well and loving fully. My intention in offering my work is to make a difference in some small way to the relief of human suffering and to supporting the potential in all of us to be all that we are. I believe that accompanying another through times of difficulty is a huge privilege and I recognise the courage and humanity of those I work with, in all the different settings in which we meet each other.

My personal mindfulness practice is at the heart of my life – which means I make a daily commitment to meditation, to being present with myself, for myself. Mindfulness supports me both with knowing how to take good care of myself in times when life throws up challenges and with noticing and appreciating the good things in life, too.

In order that limited financial resources aren’t a barrier to accessing either therapy or mindfulness courses, I offer reduced fees for people living on benefit level income – please contact me if you would like further information about fee reductions.

Qualifications, Training and areas of expertise and special interest

I am a fully qualified Person-centred therapist, having graduated with Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling in 1999. I have completed additional training in Mindfulness in Individual Therapy and for working with couples. I work mostly with individuals and have accompanied clients through their explorations of a variety of life experiences, including:

relationship difficulties – with self and with others
feelings of shame, self-hatred, low self-worth and the development of kindness and self-compassion
relational trauma – including violence and abuse in both adult and childhood relationships
depression and anxiety
addictions and eating disorders
adoption related distress
questions about sexuality and sexual orientation
fertility difficulties and recurrent miscarriage
loss and grieving
chronic pain and chronic fatigue

I have completed a rigorous and comprehensive five year training programme with Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University and I hold a Master’s in Teaching Mindfulness. My area of special interest is mindfulness and relational trauma, and I wrote my Master’s Thesis on the process of developing and delivering an 8 week mindfulness course for women survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

I am a guest teacher at CMRP and I offer supervision to mindfulness teachers through the Mindfulness Network.

I am a qualified teacher of Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing.

Ethical Practice

I’m committed to ethical practice and value the process of continually developing my skills, knowledge and competence in all areas of my work.

I adhere fully to the Code of Ethics of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) of which I am an accredited member. I am also registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and adhere fully to their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct.

I comply fully with the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based courses, created by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations, which governs mindfulness-based teaching practice in the UK. In my work as a Mindfulness Teaching Supervisor, I also meet the requirements of the UK Network’s Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-Based Teachers.