Sarah Lewis MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor Time for you
Sarah Lewis MBACPTherapeutic Counsellor Time for you

About Me

I am a person centred humanistic therapist, this means I will do everything I can to enable you to feel fully understood, accepted and not judged. I will offer you a safe and secure place to explore what is going on for you - helping you to recognise your own potential and further your personal growth. I use a combined approach to counselling and therapy, it is called integrative counselling, which just means I use different elements from various therapies to ensure our work is meaningful and effective. Integrative counsellors do not feel there is one single approach that can work for everyone. So when I work with you, I may be using a range of approaches and techniques depending on what is needed at the time.
 

For many years I have worked in a supporting roles within the domestic violence and sexual violence sectors, specialising in working with adults and young people who are survivors of sexual abuse. My work has involved counselling, crisis work and advocacy.  I have worked with Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS), Women’s Aid and currently work as a counsellor with men and women at SV2 (formally Derbyshire Rape Crisis). I have additional training and experience in working with trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

 

I have undertaken specific training in womens health and issues possibly affecting women including hormonal imbalances, menopause, hyseterectomy, miscarriage and infant loss. 

 

I have experience in working with children and young adults in both private and school settings with CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People and SV2). This work has been with young people aged 6 -25 years and their families. I have completed further training in working with Looked After Children, child development, separation, loss and attachment, managing behaviours, diversity and identity, child abuse and safer caring. Counselling sessions for young people offer a chance to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours which are causing distress and learn how to make changes to improve wellbeing. I have a varied experience of working with many issues that can affect life during adolescence. If you wish to discuss your own or your child's situation please get in touch.
 

Here is a list of areas I regularly work with in my private practice; I have worked with many other issues in addition to this list and I am open to working with any issue or reason you may have for seeking counselling.

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression and suicidal feelings
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Communication and relationship difficulties
  • Abuse 
  • Identity
  • Grief/loss
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexuality and sex
  • Parenthood
  • Post-natal depression
  • Addictions, specifically drug and alcohol addiction
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Mental health diagnosis and treatment
  • Childhood trauma
  • Stress
  • PTSD, CPTSD, Trauma, Dissociative Disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Issues relating to body image and eating
  • Problems at work
  • Menopause
  • Infant Loss

I feel it is important to tailor the counselling sessions to suit the needs of the individual, working with creativity, compassion and consideration.

I have my own experience of counselling and understand the courage it takes to reach out for support- so by reading this you have made the first step.

 

 

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