Sarah Walkden believes that everyone has the potential to live their best lives but in order to do so they need to be able to have a safe space to work through their worries, everyone has had trauma of differing degrees and it is her aim to help people to deal with this trauma. Working with the psychodynamic approach she aims to help her clients achieve insight and understanding around the reasons for their troubles and to be able to find a way to cope with current and future difficulties, her belief is that no behaviour is without cause, childhood experiences greatly affect emotions and behaviour as adults.
Sarah believes in valuing people and treating them with dignity and respect, she achieves this by offering a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for people to feel open and willing to share their deepest emotions. Sarah also uses a person-centred approach in her counselling which has an emphasis on empathic understanding, in sessions listening to her clients, thinking together, coaching and sharing ideas and putting ideas into practice, she hopes to help her clients reach their full potential and improve their self-image. She knows that sometimes people just need someone to listen to them and in this listening, clients can make sense of their own inner world. She has experience in addiction, family and relationship issues, depression and pregnancy and childbirth.
Sarah has been working as a hairdresser for a number of years so knows the importance of building up trusting relationships and knows the significance of having someone to stop and listen to you in a non-bias, non-judgemental way. Sarah’s experience with listening to her clients is what led her to counselling.
Sarah is working towards an advance diploma in therapeutic counselling and is registered with the BACP. She is an integrative counsellor and works for The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service at a GP surgery in Wandsworth.