Sally EdwardsIntegrative counsellor
My specialism is on the impacts of trauma, from events such as accidents, violence, childhood neglect, adult and childhood sexual abuse, sexual trauma, domestic abuse and emotional abuse. However, I work with adult clients with many problems, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, identity issues, family, friendship or relationship problems, self-destructive behaviours and addictions, eating disorders and body image issues. I also currently work with clients at a specialist counselling agency supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence and trauma.
In my work with clients I provide support using a trauma-informed approach, which means rather than asking, "What's wrong with you?" I am instead more interested in asking, "What's happened to you?" Very often, the mental and emotional problems we experience are a direct result of what we have been through in life, and with the right support, such as the counselling relationship offers, it is possible to overcome difficulties and find strength, happiness, meaning, and fulfilment, even during really challenging periods.
I understand the courage it requires to take the first step and seek help. But I also know that it is possible to find a way through complicated personal issues and hard times and lead a happier and more productive life, with more meaningful relationships and less emotional instability.
About me and how I work
I originally studied English Literature at university, followed by a career in finance. But after a parenting career break I decided to follow a different path and retrained as a counsellor, a choice largely influenced by my own life experiences and my personal journey through counselling and healing.
I am a fully qualified counsellor / psychotherapist, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), which are registers that have been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
I will actively listen and offer you my skills, time and understanding to talk about your particular issues, with the aim of reducing negative feelings and confusion and increasing your ability to cope with challenges and make positive changes to your life. In the counselling sessions you explore your own experiences, and so ideally you need to be open to self-exploration and to identifying what factors in your personal history and current life are maintaining and/or are causing your current issues.
It is important that the counselling relationship is one of trust and respect. I will be impartial and non-judgemental, providing a safe and confidential environment for you to explore and make sense of who you are, your life and your experiences. My role as a counsellor is to support you to explore your thought and behaviour patterns, and this may involve gently challenging your beliefs and thought processes in order to help you see things from different perspectives.
I have full public liability and indemnity insurance, an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate, and I practice under the ethical framework established by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I am committed to working with you in a safe and professional way that empowers you to identify what choices you have available to you and what resources you already possess.
There are many ways of working, or 'modalities', in counselling. I work in an integrative way, which as the name suggests is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative counselling takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat every client in all situations. Rather, each person deserves to be considered as an individual with a unique set of problems, and counselling techniques need to be tailored to your personal needs and circumstances. I work in a trauma-informed way with clients who have experienced trauma in their lives.
The different counselling styles I incorporate are:
Person Centred Counselling - An approach that aims to understand your experience from your unique perspective, focusing on developing a sense of personal power, identifying how you want to live your life and working towards achieving your goals.
Psychodynamic Counselling - An approach that helps to unravel and understand your deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them by looking at past experiences and relationships and how they influence you in the present.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - An approach that looks at your thought, feeling and behaviour patterns, working together in sessions to change some of these to manage your problems.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and are £60 per session.
I work during the day Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday mornings and some evenings. Please contact me for my current availability.
Sessions are usually booked at the same time each week for the duration of therapy.
Counselling is open-ended and therefore there is no limit to the number of sessions. Regular reviews are undertaken to assess how the client is progressing.
Individual counselling sessions are available at my private practice in Orpington, Kent. I work from a safe and confidential garden office room and there is ample private parking on site. It is easily accessible from towns close by, including Bromley, Chislehurst, Beckenham, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
If you are unable to make face-to-face counselling sessions, it is possible to have online counselling via Zoom instead. This means I am able to see clients located anywhere in the UK.
I am a Certified Online Counsellor.
Please note that I do not offer telephone or text counselling sessions.
Please note that I have a 48 hour notice cancellation policy otherwise the full fee is charged.
My fees are renewed annually.
More information can be found on my website www.sallyedwardscounselling.com
Training and qualifications
Due to the complex nature of the issues that clients bring to counselling sessions, I am committed to continually improving my knowledge and skills through further educational training and CPD.
Further Professional Training / CPD Undertaken