Welcome to Sarah Burton Counselling

"Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

Oscar Wilde

Hello and welcome, thank you for visiting Sarah Burton Counselling. I am a counsellor near Chester providing both short- and long-term therapy to adult individuals across the UK with online sessions using a secure platform.

One to one counselling in a friendly, private setting

Life can throw a lot at us sometimes, we may feel overwhelmed, alone, anxious, stressed…to name but a few, as well as maybe not knowing or understanding how we feel in any given moment or situation. Reaching out and looking for support from a counsellor is a positive step forward and I understand how important it is to find one who you will feel comfortable with. Often the hardest move is the decision to start, you're here…making that start and that in itself is very motivating.

Working with me

I offer a friendly, warm hearted approach and together we will open doors to positive change, in a trusty, non-judgemental setting. We will address areas that have a negative knock on effect to your everyday life, whilst also exploring your own inner resources and learning some new ones along the way.

With this in mind, I am able to offer online therapy sessions, working within a highly personalised way, with that being as unique as you are yourself.

Trained in Mental Health First Aid by Manchester First Aid Training.

I use a Person-Centred approach in my practice

This approach centres around the idea that we all have a natural drive towards our own bounds of possibilities. Throughout life itself, we come under the influences of certain experiences, situations and/or people, therefore taking us away from our own sense of self, affecting our character as a whole.

As your counsellor we will work together towards reconnecting with your own skillsets and values, building on self-awareness, strengths and your own personal expertise, making headway for welcomed change.

I also may take a Trauma informed approach to counselling

A large part of trauma-informed counselling involves the normalising of symptoms through the understanding that what you may be experiencing are normal responses to abnormal events/situations. This can be very enlightening for people and they can begin to start making sense of this.

"If we change within, our outer life will change also"


Jean Shinoda Bo

Examples of these symptoms may include:


Fear

Numbness

Anger

Shock

Grieving

Panicky Thoughts

Self Blame

Shaking

Dizzy

Hopelessness

Tight chest

THINK

Negativity

flashbacks

headaches

Stomach issues

Depression

Nauseous

Amnesia

Guilt

Dissociation

Anxiety

Dry mouth

FEEL

Rapid heartbeat

Confusion

Hyperactivity

Shame

Suicidal

Lack of concentration

Sweating

Amnesia

Poor memory

Muscular tension

Twitches

Avoiding emotional / physical intimacy

Increased drinking or smoking

Avoidance of reminders on edge

Nightmares

BEHAVIOUR

Confusion

Fear

Numbness

Withdrawn

Self harm

Risky behaviour

Nail biting

Loss of interest in activities

Sleep disturbances

Non stop talking

Changes in eating

Personal neglect

Irritable

Difficulties relating to others

Difficulty trusting

Over working or not turning up

Detachment from others

When a person suffers trauma, they may develop emotional, physical shock or stress.

It is important to understand that these reactions are totally normal natural and common safety mechanisms, your body and mind are reacting to the trauma and can affect how you:

THINK


FEEL


BEHAVE

Working with PTSD

PTSD can develop after exposure to an extreme traumatic event

Complex PTSD can develop from repetitive ongoing trauma


Trauma symptoms may indicate that the body and mind have not yet recognised that a traumatic incident or event is over. This can result in a dysregulated nervous system.

Here lies the foundation for constructive therapy, as the core of this phase focuses on wellbeing, by means of identifying your needs- in particular current day to day symptoms, along with how best to manage these by developing skills. This can be seen as the first step towards gaining or regaining a sense of control and the surfacing of a more compassionate self as a result of understanding the symptoms and impacts of PTSD and Complex PTSD.

Focus will also include developing and building on self-esteem whilst at the same time, heightening healthy connections with others, moving towards your own desired goals of everyday life.

Not all Wounds are Visible

Training and Memberships

I am a qualified counsellor and registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP)- working with adults from age 18 years and up. I particularly work with stress and anxiety.


I am also a member of the Complex Trauma Institute.

Received Specialist Domestic Abuse Training through Dactari

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Complex Trauma Institute Training

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Essentials of Trauma Therapy Certificate

Trauma Informed Practice

Mental Health First Aid for Children & Adolescents

Mental Health First Aid for Adults & Youths

Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling

Fees & availability

I offer a free consultation via a secure platform so that we can assess your needs to see if I am the right counsellor for you. I can talk you through the counselling process and answer any questions you may have. After this initial call I send a welcome pack to all new clients.


Going forward would be an assessment of your needs and expectations. All sessions are conducted online via a secure platform. Online counselling is a highly convenient and effective way to work when visiting in person is difficult.

Most sessions are weekly/fortnightly so that you can make gradual and steady progress towards your goals. Each session builds on the last, so regular sessions are ideal for making progress. A review will be carried out after six weeks.

Online counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45.00

Concessions may be available on certain days

Get in touch

Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07881 593118 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

What do I do if I need help urgently?

For urgent crisis support please contact the Samaritans on 116123, the NHS on 111, or contact your GP directly.


All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.


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