I am a BACP registered qualified counsellor based in Waterloo. My registration number is 00815695. I have specialisms in the following:-
Bereavement and loss
Long term health/sickness
The end of a relationship
Trauma and PTSD
Sadness and Depression
Fear and anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic attacks
Low self-esteem or confidence
Relationship issues and difficulties
Feeling confused, indecisive, stuck
Feeling chaotic, overwhelmed, out of control
A sense of un-fulfillment
Shame, guilt and anger
Sarah Janes is a Person Centred Counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Further to her core training, Sarah is also trained in bereavement and loss work spending 18 months volunteering for Caris Bereavement Agency. She currently works for the NHS at the Awareness Centre, where she works with a diverse range of clients whose issues range from chronic depression and anxiety to more serious issues such as multi-level complex trauma. In addition she works for Positive East, a charity that offers counselling for people affected by HIV and Aids and long term illness.
Sarah follows a Person-approach and believes in the building of relationship between client and therapist to facilitate personal growth and change.
Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the conditions offered are unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you come to terms with any negative feelings and to change and develop in your own way.
Sarah has a broad life experience working in the creative fields of Graphic Design, User Experience and Photography for the last decade before changing direction to become a counsellor and understands the everyday stresses and overwhelm that can lead to burnout.
2017 - Present
Short term counselling
Depression, Fear & Anxiety, (including generalised anxiety disorder), Stress, Bereavement, PTSD, Trauma, Low self-esteem or confidence, Loss of relationship, Relationship issues and difficulties, Loss of job, Loss of identity, Redundancy, Divorce, Abuse, Addictions, A sense of un-fulfilment, Shame, guilt and anger.
Friends have always told me I'm a good listener but a deep investigation into listening and talking therapies only really began after a deep unravelling of my own during a period of loss.
During this time I undertook an MA in photography and channeled some of these feelings into making pictures, some of it quite dark. I went to India for 6 months and stayed on the ashram of Mata Amritanandamayi, or simply 'Amma the hugging Saint' as she is known in the West. Here I learnt tools through meditation, yoga and chanting to trust in the process of life and let go.
I also spent a lot of time on the holy mountain of Arunachala in Tiruvanammali, home of the samadhi and ashram of Sri Ramana Marhashi This is really a profound place to experience total and utter stillness.
I found that listening to other people's stories while I was in India was a rich experience, and decided to integrate that into my life, so I came home and immediately enrolled into a Person Centred Counselling degree. This approach resonated with me for its non-directive, empathic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than interpreting unconscious thoughts or ideas.
I now work part time for the NHS as an IAPT counsellor and also run a private practice in Waterloo and East London.
I work on Tuesdays from my private practice based in Waterloo, London SE1 7QY and Wednesdays and Thursdays from Hackney, E95SX.