Sarah Ward BA(Hons), MBACP(Accred)

Counsellor / Therapist / Supervisor

Online / Face to Face / Walk and Talk

Person Centred / Integrative


Mobile: 07434 737483

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Abuse • Anxiety • Bereavement • Depression • Low self-esteem • Stress • Trauma

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It’s easy to plod along with life, feeling all is well. But life throws things at us. Sometimes we feel out of balance, ‘off kilter’, or out of sorts but not sure why; sometimes we have panic or anxiety attacks, or depression.

To be honest, it would be miracle if we were not experiencing any of these right now. This pandemic has knocked most of us sideways. We worry about privacy and being overcrowded; we worry about loneliness and isolation. We worry about work and income. We worry about education and development. Our relationships with family and friends have been seriously impacted. Oh, and not forgetting fears about our own health and those we care about.

... and this is all piled on top of the things from our past we were already trying to get to grips with!

It’s easy to tell ourselves that other people ‘have it worse’, or that we should just get on with it.

But actually, no. It’s not about anyone else; it’s about how YOU feel. I can offer you a safe space to explore your feelings. I can help with anxiety or relationships. I can help with feelings of low self worth which stop us reaching our full potential.

I’m not going to feel uncomfortable if you need to cry. I will completely listen to you if you feel life is just too blooming hard right now, or not fair. Working together with can start to turn things around. Find alternative ways of looking at things, or where things are going wrong; and get you back on track.

I believe every person has the potential to unlock their own resources and find inner strengths. We just sometimes need help finding the right key; which is where I can help.

I am passionate about my work and fully committed to providing a safe space for people to explore their personal issues and worries. As an Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I have met their higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner giving you get the best possible service.

This online counselling service is not for emergency or urgent help. If you are ever in a state of crisis or emergency, please contact a crisis line such as Childline (0800 1111) or Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) or Befrienders, or go to your local Accident and Emergency Department.


Online Counselling


Online counselling Therapy Video email text phone


So, you’re interested in online counselling. In case this is new to you I am setting out a few ideas of what to expect, as it is not quite the same as face-to-face (f2f) sessions.

So what to expect from online counselling?

Online counselling offers the same level of support and confidentiality as f2f counselling. For security both Zoom and my laptop have end-to-end encryption. Recording functionality will be disabled, and meetings will be password protected to prevent unauthorised participants from entering.

How do we set up meetings?

Just like f2f sessions we will agree an appointment time. Certain formalities need to be covered first in regard to GDPR, contract, payment of fees.

The GDPR is the data protection that everyone has to agree to when providing personal information. It’s pretty standard and available here to view.

The contract just informs us both of how we will work, including last minute cancellation or non-attendance, and how confidentiality will be kept and what exceptions to this there are. This is available to view here.

Fees will be paid by BACS where possible no less than 24 hours before the session.

Do I need any special equipment?

You need an internet connection and a device with webcam such as iPad, smartphone or laptop. It will save time if you download the Zoom platform before the first session.

If using a Windows based pc or laptop you can download the software from Zoom's website (Zoom Client for Meetings), take care to protect your password and other login details.

If using a smartphone or iPad download Zoom Cloud Meetings from the Appstore or Playstore.

When we have agreed a meeting time, and the GDPR and contract have been agreed to, I will send you a meeting ID and password.

What happens when our appointment time arrives?

You need to log in from a quiet and private environment. You may like to have a soft drink to hand, but please do not bring food.

Please note that any inappropriate behaviours or inappropriate dressing will result in the termination of the session with immediate effect. If this should happen, I reserve the right to charge you in full for the session.

At the first session I need to ask you some questions like name, date of birth, address, phone number, GP details, emergency contact number, any prescription medication you are taking, the reason you are seeking counselling and the desired outcome. The Assessment form can be viewed here. The session length is 50 minutes. Although Zoom has the facility to record sessions, this feature WILL NOT be used by either of us - unless we have discussed this in detail previously.

At the end of our time online together, you should end the videocall.

What happens at the end of our session?

After our session, to maintain your privacy I suggest that close all internet pages that relate to our time together. With f2f counselling you would usually have the journey home to process the session. With online counselling you could be suddenly plunged back into the world of you. Try if possible to take a break or choose a pleasant activity to engage in after the session before you go back to your day.

If you have any questions not covered by this, please do not hesitate to ask.


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