Hello and welcome. My name is Sarah Holland and I offer open ended, one-to-one counselling that is tailored to your individual needs.
I have a broad range of experience, from working with bereavement and loss, body-image related issues, anxiety and depression, to clients struggling with illness, relationship breakdowns and family difficulties.
I have particular interest and experience in helping clients struggling with low self-esteem and anxiety and in supporting clients who are coping with significant change in their lives such as loss, bereavement, relationship endings and changes in family or employment circumstances.
Since everyone is unique, I believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to talking therapy and my training is integrative, meaning that I draw upon a number of different therapeutic models in my work. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, often used to help clients manage challenges such as anxiety.
I understand that it can be hard to find the words to express feelings, or sometimes words alone don’t quite feel enough. Therefore, you may prefer to work in a more creative way. I enjoy working creatively with clients, and find this can promote a deeper mutual understanding of your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Whichever approach is used, the foundation of my counselling style sits within Humanistic, Person Centred theory. The aim of this way of working is summarised as;
‘Paying attention to the real person of the client and identifying their individual experiences and needs, which are quite separate from anyone else’s’ (Hough, 2014)
I offer a warm, relational style of counselling that helps clients feel safe, valued and listened to without judgement. I am a naturally caring and friendly person and bring this wholeheartedly to my work as a counsellor. I genuinely care about each and every client.
Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in both the public and private sectors and the most enjoyable part of my jobs was supporting and helping others. I have always been interested in how people think and feel, and have always empathised deeply.
After five years of working for a large private company, I felt unfulfilled, uninspired and stuck. I appeared just fine from the outside, but inside I felt empty. (You could say that I felt like a peach without its stone!). It was then that I decided to change my career by studying and obtaining a Foundation Degree in Counselling with distinction. It’s an absolute privilege to work with clients from all walks of life, helping them to overcome the problems they are facing.
I am training my dog Parsley so that one day he can pass an assessment to become a Pets as Therapy Dog (PAT dog) (https://petsastherapy.org/)
Usually, Parsley naps in another room during counselling sessions. However, more recently Parsley has been present if the client is comfortable with this and if he’s calm and relaxed.
Many scientific studies demonstrate the benefits that our canine companions have on mental health and well-being (See this article for more information: https://www.newportacademy.com/…/we…/pets-and-mental-health/)
If you would like to find out more, please click here to get in touch. I’m always happy to have a friendly chat if you have any questions or would like to arrange to meet for a FREE, 45 minute no obligation session.