The word ‘counselling’ doesn’t really do justice as a description of what I offer. People come to see me if they are struggling with relationship problems, personal difficulties, family conflict, stress at work, or illness.
By listening carefully to each person as an individual, I offer relational support to help them become more of their true self – which then often means that their personal identity and purpose in life become clearer, their relationships improve, they fare better at work and their health is easier to manage.
There are two options for working with me:
- Counselling at my discreet private premises near Malmesbury,
- Sessions with my team of horses, facilitated by me, near Brinkworth.
Either way, I aim to offer you a supportive yet high-impact experience that will help you feel distinctly better as soon as you can.
HELP FROM HORSES
If you take the time to tune in, horses have a wonderfully natural way of giving us insight into the way we interact with other people and how we feel about ourselves. Horses are gentle teachers, but their interventions can have a profound impact. You don’t need any experience with horses and there’s no riding involved – just experiencing the horses with me alongside you for guidance and support.
This approach can help in many ways, with many difficulties including:
- Relationship problems,
- Stress at work,
- Anxiety, depression, panic attacks,
- Feeling stuck or lack of direction in life,
- Illness and medical conditions such as autism,
- Trauma, sexual abuse,
- Eating disorders.
HELP FROM A HUMAN
When you’re in difficulty, it can really help to talk things through with someone in a professional setting, which ensures the conversation is confidential and discreet. Anyone can benefit from having a sounding board or looking for a different perspective, to regain a sense of balance and wellbeing. Clients often say they feel a bit better even after the first session, when they have been able to offload their worries and be supported when struggling with these kinds of situation (coming along individually or as a couple):
- Relationship difficulties such as cheating, being involved with more than one person, finding out about an affair,
- Conflict and arguing,
- Communication problems,
- Anger management,
- Sexual problems or porn,
- Addiction or compulsive behaviour,
- Anxiety, depression, panic attacks,
- Difficult situations or people at work.
The start of my journey towards offering counselling in Malmesbury was benefiting from counselling myself about 15 years ago for the first time. Then I wanted to share the value of what I’d learned, so I could offer to others the kind of interactive support that I found so valuable. After completing a three-year training and started practising over 10 years ago now. Since then I’ve been awarded further qualifications and accreditations by a number of therapy associations. So you can be sure you’ll be speaking to someone who’s a qualified professional, committed to working ethically and confidentially.
Before starting this kind of work, my previous career was in advertising as a client account manager for 15 years. I worked for BBDO, a global agency network, in the UK, Europe and USA, for clients including Sainsbury’s in London, E&J Gallo Wineries in San Francisco, then latterly running GE’s corporate campaigns across the EMEA region. So I understand the demands of working in a fast-paced environment in a demanding yet skilful role for a notable company.
I am grateful to previous clients for their kind words. These are actual comments from real clients, although their identities have been obscured in order to preserve their confidentiality.
Contacting you was the first thing that I did that demonstrated a motivation to change and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. You have helped me to come a very long way from the tearful person you first met and I now feel able to deal with many things in life which would have floored me a few months ago.
Thanks so much for being such a good influence on me this year. I appreciate it a lot! The most precious gift you can give someone is your time - so thanks for your time, Sarah! I must say I think you're a really lovely, warm & strong lady and I'm glad we met!
I wanted to say thank you for your encouragement and support in the last months. Most of all, thank you for listening to me! I have found our sessions invaluable.
I wanted to let you know how I experienced the three equine counselling sessions I have had with you and your two lovely horses, Tia and Jazz. It was a truly positive and uplifting experience and each session allowed me to take home quite profound self knowledge too. I learnt so much about myself and how I relate to others! This was achieved by initially being with the horses and seeing how they perceived my presence (and vice versa) and then by you elaborating on what the experience might mean to me in relation to other people.
If you are interested in talking to me about working together, then please do get in touch. We can have a brief chat on the phone to discuss your interest in starting counselling or in the equine-facilitated approach, with a view to arranging an initial appointment for you.
Ashlar Evolution Limited