Sarah Christiansen

Hi, my name is Sarah, my pronouns are she/her. I have a BA in Theology and Counselling & Psychotherapy and I am working towards a MSc in Psychology. I trained in an integrative model, which draws mostly on psychodynamic theory. I observe behaviours, relational patterns and the communication of the body, which can reveal symptoms of trauma, often beginning in infancy. As such, I steer away from pathologisation and blame.

My practice is inclusive and affirming to all, in particular the LGBTQ+ community. It is important to me to facilitate a space that is safe, to explore all aspects of identity; creative expression, gender and sexuality - and what that means to each individual.

I see clients on a long-term, often ongoing basis. The emerging relationship between therapist and client can be both revealing and healing, as inner conflicts and patterns are revealed and witnessed without judgement.

Background

My passion and experience lies mostly in the field of addiction. I volunteered as a counsellor at a non-residential rehabilitation centre for two years during training and beyond. As a result of this work, I wrote a thesis on sex addiction, in particular the theme of surrender in the 12-step programme.

I began working at CCS as an asssociate and then continued to become a member after graduation. I am continuing academic study and also frequently attend short courses and seminars in my areas of speciality. I am a registered member of the BACP and I am bound by their code of ethics.

I work at CCS on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

Sarah Christiansen

Integrative counsellor, BA, MBACP