Sarah Waters is currently leading CLEAR’s Adult Psycho-education team.
After a long term career in PR and Marketing I retrained and qualified in 2008 as a Person Centred Therapist and set up my own private practice. I continued studying and gained a 1st class Counselling Studies Degree in 2012 in which, amongst other subjects, I researched into the affects nurture has on brain development in infants. I am very interested in attachment theory and the huge impact our early months and years have on our emotional (and physical) health and wellbeing. I also keep abreast of what neuroscience can now teach us about human emotional development and the role therapy can play when there has been a history of neglect and/or abuse in childhood. I am currently training in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) which is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity and is consistent with the needs of CYP who have experienced developmental trauma.
Professional Membership and Qualifications:
Registered Member BACP
DDP ( Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) Level One 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling Studies 2012:
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy 2008.
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies 2006.
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 2005.
How I work:
I utilise my Person Centred counselling skills in conjunction with knowledge about attachment and child development to help parents/carers understand the psychological impact of direct or indirect abuse that a child or young person has experienced. I strive to empower the parent/carer and build up their confidence so they are able to initiate change where needed. I apply principles of DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) into my work to try and improve attachment between the CYP and parent/carer and foster stronger and more permanent resilience within the family. This involves encouraging the parent to adopt an attitude of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE) when relating to their child(ren). I also try to help the parent/carer understand the root of difficult behaviour and introduce them to useful tools and techniques to manage this. I provide guidance, insight and support, in a non judgemental, empathic way, building upon coping skills that are already present.