Sara Pauley
Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling and psychotherapy
are linked and similar. I am trained in both and understand that the word 'counselling' is more accessible when there is little experience of talking therapy. Counselling is often described as a type of talking help for particular issues and is viewed as short term work.
Psychotherapy is also concerned with issues, however as a psychotherapist I view my role with clients as working with the whole person, their behaviour and actions, thoughts and attitudes, emotional experience of themselves and who they are in the world.
One person experiencing depression may feel 'stuck' or 'shut down' and may also have difficulty coping with everyday responsibilities. Whereas a different person describing depression may be experiencing anxiety, and feelings of being overwhelmed which they are struggling to manage in a life that is busy. One individual's pace and journey of exploration can be very different to another’s, therefore psychotherapy is open ended and can continue for as long as the client desires it.

As a humanistic therapist I am interested in each persons uniqueness and seek to get to know and understand his/her story and their process. I do this through engaging with dialogue, and creating a working alliance so that we can explore together the issues that you bring.
Our history is connected to who we are today; working with difficulties from our past with a view to how they impact our current life can transform our relationship to these experiences by forming a new perspective. Facing hurtful or painful experiences often takes courage and therapy can provide a safe and confidential place where you can take risks with someone beside you.

We form ourselves and shape our lives in our individual way and therefore I value difference and work in different ways. The theory and practice of gestalt therapy and formative psychology inform my work. I have an integrated approach to my work and seek ways of working that will best support each unique client. I bring qualities of compassion and empathy to my work and my clients.


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