A bit about me...

Qualifications & Experience

 

I am a registered, professionally accredited member of the National Counselling Society, and hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a BACP accredited course. I've previously been an NHS midwife - DipHe Mid, a stop smoking specialist advisor and a holistic therapist - Dip IIHT. I also spent several years working as a counsellor with Kinergy, a Bristol based charity offering support to survivors of sexual abuse.

I'm committed to ongoing professional development which has included subjects such as trauma, suicide, eating disorders, addiction, sand tray therapy, relationship work, autistic spectrum disorders and energy work.  I also have knowledge and experience with working with medication.

I've lived in both the UK and America where I have supported families through the birth process and early child raising and have twenty years of professional experience working in health related areas.

My own life has, at times been very challenging, yet I feel that this allows me to empathise with many different people and life situations. I am the mother of a large, grown up family and currently live in Bristol with my long term partner, a tiny dog and a huge, obstinate cat.

Special Interests

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Sexual Abuse & Trauma

  • Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Depression

  • Family Relationships

  • Religious and Spiritual Abuse

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  • Long term and 'invisible' illness

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorder

   

My Approach

 

Although I'm trained as a humanistic, integrative therapist, I prefer to call myself a relational therapist which means that I believe that it's the relationship we develop that helps bring about positive change. My style is warm and conversational and I offer you a safe, trusting relationship where you can bring anything that's troubling you without judgement. I won’t tell you what to do – that’s for you to discover for yourself, but I will help you explore at your own pace what it is that you feel you have a need to resolve.

I work with whatever is meaningful for you, which might sometimes include your spiritual beliefs, creative writing, dream work and imagery. I also feel that humour and the ability to sometimes laugh with one another is essential!

I abide by the National Counselling Society's code of ethics which includes your right to confidentiality.

Sara Thorne MNCS Prof Accred. 
sara.iris@outlook.com
07756142981