Sally Edwards | Accredited Professional Counsellor | Orpington | NCS

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Sally Edwards

Member Status: Accredited Professional

Member No: NCS22-00681

Location: Orpington

I am a fully qualified counsellor / psychotherapist based in Orpington, Kent. My specialism is on the impacts of trauma, from events such as accidents, violence, serious illness, childhood neglect, adult and childhood sexual abuse, sexual trauma, domestic abuse and emotional abuse. But I also work with clients with many other issues.

In my work with clients I provide support using a trauma-informed approach, which means rather than asking, "What's wrong with you?" I am instead more interested in asking, "What's happened to you?" Because usually, the issues we struggle with have a direct link to what we have been through in life.

During therapy I aim to help clients understand and overcome their traumatic experiences and develop greater inner strength and resilience. By focusing on building these qualities, they can become more capable of handling future difficulties. I also aim to empower clients, which involves supporting them to take control of their own lives and make decisions that are in line with their values and goals. My role is to help my clients to create the lives they want by making intentional, positive changes; this can include changes in behaviour, thinking patterns, relationships, and other areas of life that are important to their well-being and happiness.

I understand the courage it requires to take the first step and seek help. But I also know that it is possible to find a way through complicated personal issues and hard times and lead a happier and more productive life, with greater happiness and fulfilment, more meaningful relationships and less emotional instability.

I originally studied English Literature at university, followed by a career in finance. Whilst on an extended parenting career break I decided to follow a different career path. I retrained as a complementary therapist and as a practitioner to work with people with eating disorders, and then as a counsellor and psychotherapist, a choice largely influenced by my own life experiences and my personal journey through therapy.

As a therapist, I have a busy private practice where I work with adult clients who have a wide range of issues. I offer both face-to-face and online sessions, which allows me to work with people from all over the UK.

I have full public liability and indemnity insurance, an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate, and I practice under the ethical framework established by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Due to the complex nature of the issues that clients bring to counselling sessions, I am committed to continually improving my knowledge and skills through further educational training and CPD.


    Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Therapy
    Foundation Degree in Counselling
    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
    Certificate in Counselling Studies
    Certificate in Counselling Skills
    Diploma in Psychology

    Further professional training / CPD:

    How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment
    Working with Trauma: Somatic-Based Interventions
    Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse: Hope For Healing
    Working with Shame
    Working with Dissociation in Clinical Practice
    Working with Narcissistic Injuries and Neglect
    Working with Gender Diverse Clients
    Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Violence
    Working with Sibling Sexual Abuse
    Practitioner Skills Training in Treating Eating Disorders
    Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Using Mindfulness in Counselling
    Grief and Bereavement Counselling Training
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Depression
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
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