Sarah Parkin Counselling MBACP (Snr Accred) working from central Cambridge and Ely

Professional Background. sarah cropped

Background and Working Philosophy

My interest in talking therapies evolved through my initial training as a nurse and health visitor. I have always, fundamentally, held the belief that health is not simply about physical well being alone and after completing various trainings in other complementary therapies began to appreciate that my strengths lay in communication.

My work is informed by my learning and experience as both a therapist and mindfulness practitioner; facilitating the exploration, influence and effect, as necessary, of our story and past as well as attending to our experience as it arises in the present moment.

MA in Counselling Studies (University of East Anglia)
MA Cantab (University of Cambridge)
Mindfulness Teacher Training I and II (Bangor University)
Certificate in Supervision (Accredited by ASIIP)
Certificate in Couple Therapy
Certificate in Group Facilitation
Adv. Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy (BACP Accredited)

Counselling and supervision

As a counsellor and supervisor I have extensive experience working in a variety of settings including University of Cambridge Staff Counselling Service, NHS, GP practice, Employee Assistance Programmes and private practice; working across the generations with individuals and couples from many and varied backgrounds with many and varied problems.
For a number of years I was also the lead counsellor trainer on three of the regions respected counsellor training courses from Certificate to Diploma level.
My work as a group facilitator has included the setting up and facilitation of personal development groups, specific themed groups and counsellor supervision groups both privately, within the NHS and the University of Cambridge Staff Counselling Service

My work as a Mindfulness trainer has been with both groups and individuals. Creating and leading workshops that focus both on the underpinning philosophy of Mindfulness and on the cultivation of mindful awarenesss.
I currently teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at Ely Mindfulness Centre as well as co-facilitate the course at Cambridge Buddhist Centre.
I am listed on the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations which ensures the integrity of Mindfulness classes and recognises trainers whose practice meets the Good Practice Guidelines.

Workshops and Training
As a trainer and workshop provider I have provided workshops and training packages to the nhs, other counselling organisations, staff at Cambridge University (working with Human Resources within my role as Cambridge University Staff Counsellor) and within educational settings.

Current Work includes:
Independent individual and couple therapist
Independent supervisor
Partner and trainer with Cambridge Supervision Training
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group trainer

My own on going personal and professional development has always been and continues to be an important part of my working ethics.

Counselling in the workplace: How time-limited counselling can effect change in well-being. (84 – 92 Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 12, 2, 2012)Collins J, Gibson A, Parkin S et al

Membership of Professional Body
Senior Accredited Member British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy
UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations

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