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Sally Hartley

Photo of Sally Hartley a trained counsellor based in Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes

A warm welcome from me.  It can feel daunting deciding to get therapy and then making decisions about which therapist to work with can be challenging.  I offer an initial free session so we can talk through your needs and expectations for therapy and we can talk through whether we would like to work together.  ​I work with a range of clients and can support clients on a number of different issues and for varying time periods.  The central foundation for this work is building a relationship between me, as the counsellor, and you, as the client, which is built on trust, open ness and honesty.​  I will listen and reflect on your needs as a client  and draw on my experiences as a counsellor and a client and on a range of theories and approaches to support you to explore what is going on for you, and your current and past experiences.

After working for twenty years in the international humanitarian sector, and as a researcher in Universities and the charity sector, I have  retrained as a counsellor and therapist.  In my past work and volunteer work I have particularly enjoyed the personnel management, mentoring and coaching dynamics.  This has been in charities, universities, educational settings and the public sector.  Since training as a counsellor I have worked for different counselling agencies including Headstrong, an agency providing low cost counselling, and Enfield Women's Centre and now work at a sixth form College in London and the University of Buckingham  with young adults and also run a small private practice online and in person.   It is a privilege to work with clients in one to one situations supporting them to explore their inner worlds and their lives.  Through my experiences as a client and counsellor I know the potential for healing and changes in how someone sees themselves and how they relate to others that engaging in therapy can bring and that are difficult to access elsewhere in our lives.

"When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.  And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever.  And you look at the tree and you allow it.  You see why it is the way it is....The minute you get near humans, you lose all that.  And you are constantly saying 'You are too this, or I'm too this'.  That judgement mind comes in.  And so I practice turning people into trees.  Which means appreciating them just the way they are."                                                                                                                                                                                      Ram Dass

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