Saundra Rhoden, MBACP
Find a Counsellor who is right for you. I’m here to help.
It can be difficult to find a Counsellor who you can relate to. Taking that first stop can feel a little scary as you step into the unknown. As with any relationship, the most important thing is trust. This is something that I aim to build with you. Firstly, I am here to guide you through this process. Secondly, I work at a pace that is right for you. Thirdly, I listen without judging how you feel or what you say.
I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor with specialist training in Psychosexual Therapy and Eating Disorders. My clinical experience was gained within the NHS, voluntary organisations, public and private sector.
I also have years of experience as a qualified Social Worker in Adult Social Services Mental Health and Substance Misuse teams. This has given me a good understanding of the stresses and pressure of working within the caring profession. And an empathic understanding of people’s needs. In me, you will find a Counsellor who recognises the struggle of everyday life.
Many years ago, I worked in the customer service industry but knew that I wanted to be a therapist after my own experience of personal therapy. After I became a parent, I changed my career direction: still helping people but in a different way. I am passionate about what I do, so I continue to develop my knowledge around mental health and psychological methods. I enjoy learning and practising well-being. This has taken me into different interests such as Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training and Gravity Yoga Instructor training.
Currently, I am training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and The World Health Organisation (WHO) as an evidence-based practice to treat the effects of trauma.
The mind-body connection is something that I encourage others to explore. Above all, I recognise that not everything is for everyone, but when you find helpful ways to manage, it can make all the difference in how you feel about yourself, and how you feel about life.