Sara Hitchens

Sara Hitchens

Phone: 07841 581 925

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My work

Everyone can benefit from counseling. There are times when we could all do with reflecting on our lives to take stock of whether we’re achieving our hopes and dreams, and how well we’re doing in our relationships and communities. This is particularly true at times of change and crisis: losing a job, moving home, ending a relationship, being a parent to an ever-changing child, losing a loved one, coping with illness. The stuff of life…

As a counselor, I am here to work with you in this process of reflection. The aim is for you to grow in self-knowledge, to be more in touch with your thoughts and feelings, and more in control of your actions. I offer a balance of support and challenge to help you realise the best of who you are.

I can work with you short-term or long-term, as well as via Skype when necessary.

 

About me

I have extensive experience of living and working internationally – in France, Spain, Pakistan and Japan. This has allowed me to develop an expertise in how our different cultural backgrounds can affect relationships: in marriage, friendships and in the workplace.

I have a background in teaching and have been a school counselor in the UK and overseas, working with students, teachers and parents.

 

Training

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from CPPD (UK), a training institution accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition to this 3-year training, I have done additional trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (at the Awareness Centre in London); in Couples counselling (at the Tavistock); and in Bereavement Counselling (with the South London Association of Bereavement Services).

 

Experience

From 2012-16, I was in Private Practice in Tokyo; and an EAP provider of mental health services to Peacemind JEAP and Workplace Options. I also provided counselling services to international schools in Tokyo.

Before that I worked (in the UK) for the Orpington and Farnborough Counselling Service, offering time-limited therapy to a range of National Health Service clients referred by their GPs. I also worked for Lewisham Bereavement Counselling; and with young people in a range of London schools.

I have given workshops on a variety of psychological issues to business people, university students, teachers and pupils.

 

Professional Affiliations

I am a fully Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to standards specified by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

 

Fees

My fee is £80 for individuals (for a 50 minute session); and £120 for couples (for a 75 minute session)

I offer a limited number of reduced fee places for those on a low income or in financial difficulties. Please feel free to phone and discuss.