Green Gables Therapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy

What I am is Good Enough if I would only be it openly "Carl Rogers"

About Me


About Me

My name is Sarah Wood, I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and work with adults, children and young people (11+).

Do you suffer with anxiety, frustration, down days, depression, mood swings or low self esteem? Maybe you feel like you have lost yourself, feel stuck and struggling to see a way forward?

I have experienced many of these feelings and that is what lead me to becoming a Counsellor. Counselling helped me find myself again. It gave me the tools and knowledge to recognise my triggers and to manage them and I wanted to be able to help others in the same way.

Sometimes there is a specific reason or life changing event and we know what is making us feel like that, but other times it appears there is no reason for it at all. Counselling can help to really unpick what is going on for you, identify those thoughts and feelings and for it to feel less overwhelming in a safe and non judgemental way.

I offer one to one Counselling sessions in a confidential, private and safe environment. I do not offer my advice or my opinion but I will offer you my experience and time in a sensitive and supportive way.

For many years I volunteered in an agency setting counselling children, young people and adults and alongside my Private Practice I also work part time as a College Counsellor in the Bucks area.

I have experience of working within a variety of areas including but not exclusive to:- Family issues, relationships, self-harm, bullying, stress, special needs, anxiety, depression, bereavement, Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) anger issues, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, domestic violence, divorce, school issues, Bi Polar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.

As an integrative therapist, my training has provided me with the flexibility to meet the differing needs of clients and enables me to work with a significant variety of presenting issues.

If what you are experiencing is not listed, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

I provide short or long term therapy depending on your individual needs. This is a personal choice and there is no obligation for you to stay any longer than you feel is necessary or that you can cope with.



Additional Information


 

Useful Links

Samaritans (Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support) https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ Bucks Mind – (Mental Health Charity) https://www.mind.org.uk/ Women’s Aid: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ Man Kind: https://www.mankind.org.uk/ Helping Men escape abuse. Get confidential help today – 01823 334244 LGBT (Domestic Violence and Abuse) http://lgbtbucks.org/ Cruse Bereavement Care (charity organisation for children and adults) https://www.cruse.org.uk/ The Oasis Partnership (A charity specialising in drugs and alcohol) http://www.oasispartnership.org/ Rape Crisis (Supporting woman who have been affected by abuse) https://avrc.org.uk/home-2/

Important Additional Information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics and good practice. (Reg. No. 34888) I receive regular clinical supervision ensuring that ethical and safe practice is maintained. I am committed to ongoing Continued Professional Development (CPD). I am covered by Professional Liabilities Insurance I have a clean Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) Registered as a Data Handler (ICO) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

 

Prices

Fees (per 50 minute session) First face to face consultation (30-40mins) - £35.00 All further sessions £50 A £5.00 discount per session will be applied for 11-15 year olds *Concessions can be considered for individual circumstances. Fees can be paid by cash on the day or by BACS prior to the session taking place. Cancellations given less than 24 hours notice will still be charged. If I need to cancel a session within less than 24 hours I will provide a free session.

 

Feedback/Comments

I always welcome comments about the service I provide. If however, you have a complaint you would like to discuss and feel you can, please get in contact and I will endeavour to resolve any issues promptly and professionally. Alternatively, you may contact the BACP directly at http://www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/

In Case of An Emergency

If you are seriously concerned about yourself or others, please do not wait to be seen. You can contact 101, your GP (who can refer you to various different external services) or if it is immediate danger, you can go to the A and E department at your local hospital.

Why Counselling?


Are you trying to deal with problems on your own as you don't wish to burden your friends, family or loved ones?

Are things from your past holding you back from enjoying your future?

Are you suffering from anxiety/low self esteem and need help in understanding it and how to manage it more effectively?

Do you struggle to find joy and fulfillment in your life?

Have there been some unexpected changes in your life that you are struggling to come to terms with and need help making sense of it?

Do you suffer with mental health and need help managing it?

Are you experiencing relationship or family problems that you need to work through with someone who is inpartial and non judgemental?

The list of reasons to turn to a counsellor is endless so please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel counselling may benefit any aspect of your life

The Benefits of Counselling include:

Seeing your thoughts from a different more positive perspective. Time to allow you to confront your feelings. Feel less alone with your problems. Find it easier to cope in every day life. Can improve your physical well being.

Contact Me


  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
  • 07900 004671 greengablestherapy@hotmail.com https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/counselling/green-gables-therapy-aylesbury-eng/408934

What is Counselling and What To Expect


What is Counselling and What To Expect
What Is Counselling?

A professional counsellor is a highly trained individual who is able to use a different range of counselling approaches with their clients. The role of the counsellor is to enable the client to explore many aspects of their life and feelings by talking openly and freely. Talking in such a way is not always possible with family or friends who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and biases that may be confusing and not helpful. The counsellor gives the client an opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt, sadness and fear in a safe and confidential environment.

The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and to improve their own way of being.

Counselling Is Not

Giving advice.
Judgemental.
Attempting to fix your problems.
Forcing you to talk about things you do not feel comfortable with or ready for.
Expecting or encouraging you to behave in a way in which I may have behaved when confronted with a similar problem.
Getting emotionally involved with you as a client.
Looking at your problems from my own perspective, based on my own value system.

The Benefits of Counselling

Seeing your thoughts from a different more positive perspective.
Time to allow you to confront your feelings.
Feel less alone with your problems.
Find it easier to cope in every day life.
Can improve your physical well being.

How I Work 

I work in a Person Centred way but also integrate other tools and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) into our work together depending on your individual needs.

Person-Centred Counselling

Humanistic counsellors aim to help clients to explore their own thoughts and feelings and to work out their own solutions to their problems. Carl Rogers (1902-1987) American psychologist, developed Person Centred Counselling and is one of the most commonly used humanistic therapies which encourages the client to concentrate on how they feel in the here and now.

Person-centred therapy at a glance -


  • The belief that the client is the best expert on their own thoughts, feelings, experiences and problems and is therefore the most capable of finding the appropriate solutions.
  • Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another), Unconditional Positive Regard (accepting and respecting others as they are without judgement or evaluation) and Congruence (genuineness) are at the core of person centred therapy
  • It is non directive and works with what the client chooses to bring as opposed to the counsellor directing the sessions.
What To Expect In Our First Session Together (The Initial Assessment)

The initial face to face assessment is to allow us the space and time for any questions or concerns you may have. This is also an opportunity to see if you would be happy for us to work together and if you feel counselling is for you.

The Purpose of the Initial Assessment - 

The purpose of the initial assessment is to gather information and to form a contract between us. It is about us both working together to explore your therapy requirements and how you feel I can help in a safe and confidential environment.

It will include-

  • Discussing the practicalities of counselling by looking at times, cancellations, fees, confidentiality (and its limits).
  • It will allow me to gain a better understanding of your presenting problems and difficulties so we can discuss together your goals of counselling and areas to be worked on in future sessions.
  • Please be prepared to answer a few basic questions around any presenting issues and expectations of counselling as well as any medical history/medication that may be relevant to our work together.
Confidentiality

I work on a one to one basis and everything we discuss is confidential. There are exceptions to this policy as follows: -

  • If I feel that you are in immediate danger of serious harm to yourself or others
  • The Children’s Act –Where a child under 16 years old could be at risk of harm
  • The Terrorism Act
I am legally and ethically required to break confidentiality in these circumstances and would do so after discussing it with you first.

Clients Under 16 Years Old

Every client, regardless of their age must feel comfortable and confident that they have a safe place to share what is going on for them without the fear of it being repeated outside of the therapy room.

I provide the opportunity for parents/caregivers/an appropriate responsible adult to be present for the first 10-15 minutes of the Initial Assessment to go through any questions they may have and to assist in ensuring everyone is comfortable and understands the process. If at any point I have concerns of the wellbeing of the young person, I would not hesitate to break this confidentiality but would do so by informing the client and where possible, have the client present. Clients safety is my number one priority.

Qualifications

PGDip Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPCAB)
Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
Certificate in Understanding Autism (NCFE)
Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges (CACHE)
Certificate in understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (CACHE)
Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)

BACP

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK.

Being a registered member of the BACP demonstrates that the therapist has met or exceeded their recommended minimum quality standards. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Choosing a practitioner who is a registered member of the BACP offers a client the assurance that their therapist meets the standards of proficiency and ethical practice they would expect.

BACP Membership Number 00862277
https://www.bacp.co.uk/search/Register?UserLocation=&q=348888&SortOrder=0