“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”

Shannon L. Alder

About MEAbout ME
Thank you for visiting my website.  My name is Sabine, and I’m a qualified counsellor.  I trained at Sweet Track Counselling Services in Glastonbury where I completed my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  Prior to this I did my foundation training at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.

I have worked extensively with bereavement and loss. Loss is not limited to the death of another person. We may lose a pet, a job, our safety, our health, a relationship, our self esteem and many other things. I worked as a bereavement counsellor for a bereavement charity for 3 years prior to setting up my private practice.

I am also an Anxiety UK approved therapist and offer counselling to people with a range of anxiety disorders on behalf of the organisation. Anxiety can present itself in many forms, including but not limited to specific phobias, social anxiety, and stress that leads to anxiety/depression. Depending on the root cause of your anxiety we can find ways to help you cope better or view things from a different perspective.

I also offer services for Spill utilising a single session therapy approach.  Single session therapy can be beneficial if you wish to work through a specific issue where we aim to implement strategies for you to put into practice before booking another session.  If you are interested in single session therapy as a private client please let me know.  The approach tends to be more solution-focused than longer term therapy.

My approach is not limited to the above. Sometimes there is nothing specific that’s troubling us but a feeling of lack of direction and purpose in our life. I can help you work through these feelings and explore whether there is something you would like to change or not. There is never any pressure to do so, and sometimes people simply need to be heard without judgment.

I am interested in exploring how our childhood influences our adult self and how we form beliefs that we hold about ourselves. Sometimes clients question those beliefs and I encourage them to explore whether they still hold truth in the present.

I can provide therapy in both English and German as I have dual nationality and was brought up bilingually.

I have a deep love of animals who have had a healing quality throughout my life and have worked with clients who wished to connect with the unconditional love they provide.

In addition to my counselling work I am employed by Ehlers-Danlos Support UK in an advisory capacity, working with people who are living with a chronic genetic health condition.

Prior to this I worked as an Immigration Adviser at the University of Bath for over 10 years which has allowed me to develop extensive cultural awareness.

About Therapy
I provide a confidential, safe, and trusting space, working online, to support you to talk about whatever is troubling you. I will help you to connect more deeply and to explore what is sometimes hard to reach.
You may have issues or needs that you would like to focus on or you may just know that something isn’t quite how you would like it to be.
 
As a counsellor I will work with you to help you to develop a greater understanding of yourself. I will encourage you to have a voice, I will always listen carefully, to help you to feel heard.

Counselling is a collaborative process, in which both you and the counsellor work together to develop a greater understanding of you. It is not like going to a doctor where you describe your symptoms, then await treatment from the doctor. In counselling you are not passive, instead you are an active participant.

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society and abide by their code of ethics.
I will respond to your enquiry to arrange a telephone call, which is free of charge and lasts about 20-30 minutes.
This gives us a chance to see if booking an initial appointment with me is suitable for you.
During the call I will explain in more detail how I work, and I will go through some formalities with you, such as taking your contact details and providing you with an intake form (emailed to you following the call) in preparation for the first session, should you choose to go ahead.
The form contains questions around your mental/physical health, your GP contact details, and your present circumstances.
This needs to be returned to me prior to the first session.
I will also send you my contract for you to sign.
Each session is 50 minutes and usually weekly at the same time each week.  If required I can also see you twice a week.
Each session costs £40.  I have concessions for students or people on low income which are £30.  
That obviously depends on the severity of the difficulties you are experiencing and how interested you become in discovering yourself. You can have 'short-term' therapy of between 6 and 12 sessions or you can have 'open-ended' therapy which can go on for months and/or years during which you will have regular reviews to assess how well you are doing. This is something you can discuss at your initial appointment.
No, although some people find it helpful to keep a journal but this is private and entirely for your own benefit. A journal can take any form - drawings, writing, music - where you can record your thoughts, insights, feelings and dreams between sessions.
I use either video call or telephone to work with you, and the choice is yours.  I do not offer face to face sessions.
Usually a problem is not an isolated phenomenon which can be removed, leaving you as you were, minus the problem.  It is usually helpful to look at the bigger picture.
Counselling can help you gain a new perspective on your life and your situation. It can help you reflect on the changes you need to make to reach a better place. Sometimes it can feel like a transformation.

Attending an initial appointment does not commit you to further sessions but is a time to consider whether you would feel comfortable working with me. It's important to take notice of your gut feelings. When we first meet we will spend time talking about the difficulties you are experiencing currently, any past history which you feel may be relevant and what you may hope and expect to gain from therapy.
Yes, I can offer therapy in German too.  I’m a native German speaker and grew up bilingually, so I am equally fluent in both languages.
Yes, sessions need to be cancelled with 48 hours notice.  Otherwise the full session fee is due.
Yes, I will not talk to others about what you share with me except when I am at supervision and then your identity will be masked. The limits to this commitment to confidentiality are if I have a real concern that you intend to harm either yourself or someone else.
Appointments
Please contact me for availability.

Session fees:
Each session costs £40 and lasts for 50 minutes. Payment can be made through BACS and must be received prior to each session.
  • Bath, England, United Kingdom