About Sarah Weir
I am a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP, a psychodynamic counsellor psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor of other therapists with over sixteen years of experience. I have worked in many different agencies and settings with a diversity of issues. This enables me to get at the heart of your difficulties and to help you make the changes that you want to make in your life.
Coming to counselling for the first time can feel very daunting. I offer an initial consultation session which is a chance for us to talk things through and for you to get a feel for what counselling or psychotherapy might have to offer you without making any commitment.
If we feel together that further sessions would be helpful we can meet for on-going sessions. The heart of psychodynamic work is the relationship that we have together as therapist and client. I aim to provide a safe, warm, vibrant and energetic space to enable you to understand yourself in greater depth.
I offer both short term, focused psychotherapy or ongoing, longer term psychotherapy, depending on what you are looking for.
You might have a specific issue that is bothering you or you might not quite know what is wrong. Either way, counselling can help you to make sense of how you’re feeling and identify underlying issues that might be getting in the way of you making the changes that you want to make. Sometimes your problem might be with the situation that you’re in. You might be in a job or relationship that is making you very unhappy but for some reason can’t leave. Other times the problem might be connected to the way that you’re thinking and feeling about things.
Emotional difficulties are sometimes caused by thoughts and feelings that we are not always consciously aware of. These underlying difficulties or unhelpful patterns of relating can stem from the past and this can influence the way you interpret current events. Understanding the past and how it has shaped you, can help you to live more fully in the present.
I practice from a consulting room in Fife Road, in central Kingston, within two minutes of the train station and can offer both evening and daytime sessions.
My training, work experience and any achievement
I have a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, a three year full time course in integrative psychotherapy, undertaken at the University of Auckland. I went on to complete a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I also have a qualification in supervision with the British Association of Psychotherapists. I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 16 years in a wide range of settings. I was a manager of a psychotherapy service that provided community support to people with a mental illness. This role included training, supervision of staff in addition to managing referrals and assessments. I have also worked in youth centres and residential treatment centres. I have run groups and provided therapy at a Women’s Centre for women who have experienced sexual trauma and abuse. I have also worked for Employee Assistance Programmes providing short term psychotherapy and also Critical Incident De-Briefing following traumatic incidents.
I have worked as a Student and Staff Counsellor at St Mary’s University in Twickenham for the past twelve years. In my role of experienced clinician, I undertake many of the initial assessments, supervise Honorary Counsellors and specialise in working with students who are particularly vulnerable or at risk. I really enjoy working with young adults and building rapport
I have had my own private practice for over twelve years and work with a wide range of difficulties. I provide short term focussed sessions, or longer term more ongoing work, depending on your individual need.
I am also the Co-Ordinator of the South West London Postnatal Counselling Service. This is a service that provides counselling to mothers and their partners from pregnancy through to birth and parenthood. We work with a wide range of issues and support all parents through the emotional challenges of having a small baby and in addition work with postnatal depression, anxiety and birth trauma.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
- Counselling: £50/session
- Psychotherapy: £50/session
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