I am a psychotherapist interested in trauma, healing, overcoming anxious thinking and self improvement. I have been working in Mental Health for over 20 years. I became an accredited Integrative Psychotherapist in 2000, I am a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Humanistic Section and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a trained Supervisor (Metanoia Institute).
I completed a Science Psychology degree with Philosophy in 1995, I then went on to shadow a member of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship. In 1997, I began managing a Drop-In Centre for people suffering from severe and enduring mental health problems. I found this experience really interesting and enjoyed the work I was doing but I became frustrated at the lack of understanding, funding and care available, so I decided to train as a psychotherapist, in order to sharpen my skills at communicating with people with complex needs.
As a qualified therapist I worked in various NHS settings including Guy’s Hospital, Amersham Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and the Priory Hospital in Roehampton. I continue to train in order to keep abreast of the various new therapies emerging from year to year. I have trained in CBT, EMDR, Attachment theory, Psychodynamic theory, and the Transpersonal approach. I have completed life-changing trainings in Holotropic Breathwork and I am working to become a recognised facilitator. Please visit www.holotropic.com for more info on it.
I am interested in Spiritual ideas such as the Nature of Consciousness. I have a keen interest in Existential thought, especially how we negotiate death, meaninglessness and isolation with ourselves. Pertinent to that is understanding the meaningful relationships we have with all our ‘Selves’ and how they can be adapted to, to create a more harmonious inner world.
I believe in helping the client gain ‘tools’ with which to navigate the environment/world better; but I also hold dear the idea that it is through positive relationships that true emotional ‘meeting’ can take place, which in turn can dis-engage the client from being wedded to negative stances.
Becoming a psychotherapist has opened me up to deep and wonderful values. I understand now that feelings don’t need to be avoided or feared, they just are. I feel adept at helping people overcome their griefs and their struggles. Above all my training however, and CENTRAL to my ethos as a practitioner in Mental Health is the belief that every body carries within them their own inner wisdom or inner guiding principle. Some refer to it as ‘the inner healer’ or intuition or unconscious intelligence. This inner wisdom is what I rely on. I know that all people are creative and that given the right circumstances, everyone can find their way. As someone once put it: the therapist is not an active agent but a “co-adventurer’ who intelligently supports what is happening.
Sarah has had articles published in Idols and Believers, by Jocelyn Bain Hogg and The Family, by Jocelyn Bain Hogg. To view them on Amazon please click on the covers.