Sarah Hanison

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    • Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCPE)
    • Certificate in Fundamentals of Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCPE)

    How I can help you

    Are you struggling to cope? Anxious? Depressed? Maybe you feel frightened or simply have a general sense of unease? 

    I can help you with your worries and difficulties. I can help you to understand the if's, the should's and the what's, and I can help you to understand the why me of your situation. I can help you find the inner keys to your growth and healing, and a truer understanding and more authentic experience of yourself. And I can help you find acceptance and peace within yourself, with your relationships, and to the wider world around you.

    Specifically I can help with stress, anger, anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), trauma and PTSD, dissociation, low self esteem, abuse (emotional, verbal, physical & sexual), domestic violence, relationship issues, adaption to life transitions (marriage, separation, redundancy, bereavement), finding purpose and meaning in life, and spirituality. 

    I can also help with and have a special interest in pregnancy and motherhood issues - what happens to a woman's identity during this time, pre and post natal illness, birth trauma, fertility, abortion and miscarriage. For pregnant and post birth women, telephone/video counselling can be particularly useful if you are unable to get of the house and circumstances are proving very challenging. With face to face appointments you can also bring along your infant if you need to.

    Generally counselling and psychotherapy can help with...

    • When life feels impossible
    • Increase self-awareness, self-acceptance and inner peace
    • Improve self esteem and confidence
    • Make constructive decisions and life choices
    • Support exploration of painful and difficult feelings
    • Try out new ways of relating
    • Remove creative and emotional blocks
    • Work towards healing past wounds and releasing behaviour patterns that no longer serve you
    • Understand how life experience has shaped who you are
    • View life’s challenges as a gateway for growth
    • Explore your life purpose

    The process of therapy can take time. Therapy might not be able to erase all our hurts but it can allow us to live with our wounds with greater peace and self awareness.

    What to expect

    You can expect to work with someone who is warm and compassionate and informal, who will really listen to you, who will give you their fullest attention and deepest respect, and who is deeply committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space. Our session together will last 50 minutes, and it's up to you how many sessions you need, although I do recommend an initial six sessions before you decide not to continue. But if you feel that we are not the right 'fit' and decide not to continue after one session that's absolutely fine as it is so important that you find the right therapist for you - it is the relationship between you and your therapist that is the most healing aspect of your therapy. And of course, you can end therapy any time.

    This is your therapy, your space to talk about what ever is bothering you, and you don't even have to talk if you don't want to, maybe you just want to have a quiet space to feel, to think, to have someone simply be with you, witness you, as you work through your experiences, to just know that you are not alone, and that someone cares. Basically, you can use your sessions how you wish. 

    At the end of the day it is you who knows your story and experiences, it is you who knows your thoughts and feelings, and it is you who will direct the content and pace of your sessions while I provide warm and empathic support as we work together to understand what it happening in your life and help you move forwards. Our work together might also include breathe and body work, meditation, visualisation, art work, working with your dreams and EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy, also known as tapping).

    During appropriate moments of our session I may..

    • Reflect your story or experience back to you
    • Validate your thoughts and feelings
    • Offer a different perspective
    • Make connections between different parts of your story
    • Gently encourage deeper exploration of your issues
    • Draw attention to the way you relate to yourself and others
    • Suggest, with your consent, creative ways of working with your material

    About me

    Hello and welcome. 

    I'm Sarah Hanison, and I'm a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist. I trained as an integrative therapist meaning that I work with a variety of different approaches depending on what's bothering you - no two problems are ever the same -, and meaning that I respond holistically and creatively to you as a whole person. 

    I am also in supervision for my work, and any material that is discussed between me and my supervisor is strictly confidential.

    I completed my post graduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2009 with the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE). Over the years I have worked for a number of volunteer organisations including The Woman's Trust (counselling for domestic violence and abuse), and The Caravan Drop In Service and FreshStart Psychotherapy where I saw clients with a variety of presenting issues. I now work in private practice.

    Let's Connect...

    If you think I can help and support you please message me for a free preliminary chat - you can ask me as many questions as you like, talk about what your problem is - and then if you feel comfortable we can arrange an appointment. I also have a contract which sets out our on-line therapy agreement, and which I'll send to you. You can end therapy any time - that decision is always open to you, although I would encourage you to commit to about six sessions before making a decision not to continue.

    For telephone and video sessions I would also highly recommend that you chose a private setting/spot you are comfortable with and stick with that spot for each of our sessions. This will help to create the familiarity of a safe and consistent therapeutic space.

    For further information please visit my website, Sarah Hanison Psychotherapy.

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