Genuine, warm, empathic, unconditional positive regard.
Previous experience includes working as an Intensive Domestic and Sexual Abuse Counsellor for RESOLVE Counselling, The Children’s Society, in various schools all over Manchester, and being the Head of Advocacy and ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) for Rape Crisis in London for several years. In these two positions, Sahara provided support to Survivors of rape and abuse, from assessment stage, through medical examinations and court familiarisation, to the end of and beyond trial. In addition, she appeared as the media spokesperson for Rape Crisis in various documentaries, TV programs and news commentaries/debates.
During her time in London, Sahara regularly provided training to New Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police, National Sexual Abuse Helpline, colleges and local organisations, providing specialist knowledge and information on how to best support those who are most vulnerable and in need of informed care. She also sat as a specialist Panel Member for the Criminal Prosecution Service CPS advocating for change and improvement around processes and procedures affecting victims of crime. Her passion for supporting and empowering survivors resulted in her becoming the only civilian to be presented with the Metropolitan Police’s Sapphire Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Rape and Sexual Abuse.
Prior to specialising, Sahara also gained counselling experience in the areas of mental health, homelessness and drug/alcohol addiction. She has had extensive experience within the fields of Domestic Abuse, Grief and Bereavement, Self Injury and Suicide. Sahara holds A Diploma of Hypnotherapy and enjoys helping clients use Hypnosis as a means of generating change and getting lasting results. She also holds qualifications in NLP and various counselling approaches including Narrative, Play therapy and CBT. She holds the BTEC Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling along with degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Human Services. She is committed to her ongoing professional development and regularly seeks out new training and events to further support her work provision.
Sahara is a trained Relax Kids Coach and enjoys working with children to build confidence, self awareness and enhanced communication skills. She works creatively with young people to provide them with a safe, non judgmental space where children can explore their emotions and gain clarity around feelings, experiences or fears. Mindfulness and relaxation forms an important element of the work, helping children improve their ability to focus, have greater control over their feelings and self soothe.
Sahara is a registered member of the BACP and adheres at all times to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy. You can read more about these professional guidelines by copying the below link into a new window: http://www.bacp.co.uk/admin/structure/files/pdf/9479_ethical%20framework%20jan2013.pdf
For your own security, know that as a therapist working towards accreditation, Sahara engages in regular clinical supervision and is committed to continuing her professional development through ongoing training, so that clients can be assured of a safe, ethical and professional therapeutic experience.
Aside from her private practice, Sahara currently also provides counselling services at Manchester Rape Crisis, The Christie Hospital in the Psycho-Oncology Department and provides child entered therapy to various schools throughout Manchester, currently based in Chorlton, Wythenshawe and Longsight.
Her private practice caters to after hours and weekend appointments in appreciating that not everyone can attend sessions during the working week. She will always endeavour to find a time which best works for you and your circumstances.