Sarah Anderton works within the person-centred counselling approach. She believes that the core conditions of empathy, non-judgement and genuineness are vital to develop a trusting relationship with the client, and it is within the safe space of the therapeutic relationship that the client can explore their thoughts and feelings which may begin to be the catalyst for change. Sarah works in a non-directive way, where she believes her role is not to give advice, but rather to help the client explore and reflect on their experiences and situations. No one knows the client better than themselves, so Sarah believes the counsellors role is to facilitate the client to find their own answers through the process of talking and feeling truly heard.
Sarah has a varied work background, from working asa health care assistant, running a tearoom to working in financial institutions, and through these roles she has come to realise how important active listening is for communication, and how hard it can be when you are not heard. Prior to studying to be a counsellor Sarah volunteered with the Samaritans where she learned the valuable of empathy and listening without judgement, and it was her experiences with Samaritan’s that ultimately led her to want to become a counsellor. Sarah also works with Cruse Bereavement Care where she has experience in working with grief and loss and the wider effects of what bereavement can have on a person, including anxiety, anger, fear and loneliness.
Sarah is working towards a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and is a student member of the BACP. She is working with The Awareness Centre seeing NHS clients in GP surgeries in Wandsworth.