So who am I and how I can I help? My name is Sally Brice, I am 51 years old and I live and work in Wickford, Essex. I am passionate about counselling and my own experience of counselling some years ago, inspired my journey to qualify to become a qualified Counsellor. At the time that I sought help, I was very sceptical about how talking things through could help me, but I soon realised the power of talking things out and how refreshing it was to be listened to, without opinion or judgement.
Unfortunately, in the past, counselling has had a certain, rather scary, stigma – that people in therapy are seriously mentally ill – thankfully this false belief is now being lifted as more and more people are seeking help to improve their mental health through counselling. I find it interesting how some people can spend time, energy and money on their physical health but sometimes neglect their mental health. I believe, all areas of our health are important and balance is the key.
I am a person centred counsellor, which means there is a humanistic approach to my work with my clients. Person-centred counselling was founded by Carl Rogers who believed that, given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self. I also incorporate Psychodynamic and CBT into my work. I believe that our past experiences can effect our present life situation and the Psychodynamic approach can take us back into the past to unlock the present. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can be more goal led and helps us explore thought patterns and challenging our old beliefs and habits, it can be particularly helpful for clients who may be suffering with anxiety or depression. Please see my Qualifications page for more information.
I specialise in bereavement (I have worked with a local Hospice for 2 years) and anxiety but I also work in many areas including; stress, depression, emotional eating, relationship issues and low self esteem.