​​About Me

​I originally qualified with a Higher Diploma in Beauty Therapy & Management, and worked at a health farm and spa before running my own salon. I particularly enjoyed seeing people on a regular basis and that the conversations seemed to be as therapeutic as the treatments. I especially love massage and have continued to practice to this day.

After the youngest of my three children started school, I began working for a voluntary agency supporting families who were experiencing difficulties, having first-hand understanding of the many challenges parenting can bring! Initially I worked on a one-to-one basis and eventually ran several family support groups.

Alongside this work, I felt drawn to develop my listening skills, and embarked on my first counselling skills course. This was a pivotal moment and opened up a whole new world of both self-discovery, and a framework for understanding and relating to others in order to offer the most effective support through distress and suffering.

I continued into professional counsellor training and qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Practice. I have almost 10 years counselling experience, working in a local secondary school and in agency settings, and I began my private practice in 2015. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life, both in a city and small towns, working effectively with a broad range of issues.

Through my training, practice and personal work, I have come to the view that 'presenting issues' can be seen as symptoms, or signals indicating where we have lost touch with our true nature. When we work with our 'presenting issues', we begin to have a fuller sense, and appreciation of our real self. From there develops a clearer view of the way forward. 

My own on-going journey leads me to understand that self-knowledge leads to self-acceptance, which in turn leads to self-esteem, authenticity and empowerment. This helps grow our capacity for empathy and compassion towards ourselves and others, bringing deeper connection and fulfillment in all our relationships. I feel that one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our families, communities and beyond is to consciously and actively seek answers to the question 'who am I?' in its fullest sense.

For me, the quest for deepening self-knowledge has led me in a spiritual direction through shamanic practice. I participated in my first Shamanic Trance Dance in 2008 and found the experience to be extraordinarily profound, beyond words. It quickly became a very important vehicle for my own development, and a practice I continue to maintain regularly. Having gained so much personal insight, deeper connection to self and Spirit and powerful healing through trance dance, I jumped at the opportunity to train as a facilitator in 2015 and now hold space for monthly rituals in Culmstock. I am also drawn to other shamanic practices, which is where I feel my growing edge to be, and plan to undertake further training in the near future. 

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) - You can find more information on the BACP
here. I am also an Associate Member of the UKAHPP (UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners), and agree to abide by their Codes of Ethics.

 You can find more information on the UKAHPP here.

​​​​​​​Sarah Birdsall

Adv. Dip. Counselling Practice, Registered Member MBACP

​​​​​Counselling & Holistic Therapies in wellington, Somerset