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Sarah Ellmore, BA(Hons). MBACP
B.A. in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Adv. DipHE Person-Centred Counselling, Certified training in bereavement, drug and alcohol addiction, LGBT awareness and conflict management.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and I have been practising for over 10 years. I have experience working with people from a diverse range of ages, cultures, social groups and economic backgrounds - my belief is that rich or poor, young or old, counselling can be beneficial to anyone who has a problem that is getting in the way of them living their life to the full.
My approach to counselling brings together three well-established forms of therapy which I utilise as necessary to meet each of my client's individual needs; after all, someone who comes to me for counselling due to a bereavement may not necessarily be needing the same kind of support as someone who has come to me looking to overcome addiction. The three approaches I integrate are the humanistic or 'person-centred' approach, the psycho-dynamic approach and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have also had additional training in bereavement counselling, LGBT awareness and drug and alcohol addiction.
Now, I know right about now you might well be thinking 'that all sounds very nice, but what does it mean for me?' Read on to discover how the way I work can work for you.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have been trained to listen to you in a way that you possibly have never been listened to before. My job is to create a safe place where I will not judge you - I will work to understand your feelings and, through that, help you to understand them better too. You will not be given advice or opinions, instead you will be given the opportunity to examine your issue free from fear of judgement - we will work together to help you move forward.
Counselling can and does provide answers, but those answers largely come from you - as a counsellor I might be seen as an 'expert' therapist, but only you are the expert on you. Counselling provides an ideal environment for you to explore and discover your inner expert and the strength to make changes for the better.
Speaking regularly with someone whose only purpose is to support, value and understand you--in a place where you can talk about anything that concerns you and be completely yourself with all of your feelings--a place in which you don't have to pretend with everything you say and do can be an extraordinary experience. Through counselling many learn for the first time to value themselves and draw on their own strength - often discovering resources they didn't know they had!
At the root of it, counselling is about expressing yourself without the limits every day life can sometimes place on us - so often in life we can feel no one truly understands us and how we are feeling - a counsellor's primary goal is to try and see through your eyes, and get an understanding of what it is like to walk in your shoes.
Remember, it's never too late to change - it is possible for you to learn to be more at peace with yourself and others in your life, and I would feel privileged to support you on your journey.
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your inner Strength.