Sarah Couzens, counsellor in Faringdon, Shrivenham and the surrounding area
My name is Sarah Couzens and I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I am based in Faringdon and I am bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling which ensures that I receive regular supervision, undertake continuous professional development and am committed to working in your best interest.
I also hold a current DBS certificate and have experience of counselling young people from secondary school age as well as adults.
I am married with three grown up children, have experienced life as a military wife and worked extensively in education.
My approach to counselling is integrative, relational and holistic which roughly translates as….
I draw on a range of counselling models and creative techniques to develop an approach that is appropriate to your unique needs. Such a tailored response allows us to personalise our sessions to fit what works best for you. For those of you that know about counselling this means that I am rooted in person-centred theory but open to the inclusion of relevant insights from other psychological approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment theory, Transitional Analysis and Gestalt.
The therapeutic relationship we create is the foundation of our work together. With much of our pain often stemming from our relationships with others (past and present), its now recognised that healing can happen in a collaboration based on trust, empathy and acceptance. I hope to develop an environment which feels safe, secure and supportive in order that we may explore your concerns alongside one another, with mutual curiosity and endeavour. My role is not to ‘fix’ but to help you discover the strength to create your own solutions to your personal challenges.
It is my belief that we are all a uniquely complex, multi-dimensional mix of body, mind and soul. This means that aspects of ourselves; the emotional, the rational, the physical and the spiritual are inter-related. However, sometimes the stresses of life or the past can disconnect us with important parts of ourselves or even make them seem unacceptable. In our work it would be my aim to help you re-connect with aspects of yourself to begin to foster a sense of wholeness for you into the future.