Ardour Academy - Counselling

Sara Sirati MA, BACP Accredited



Meet our Lead Counsellor Sara

Sara is a Supervisor and a BACP accredited counsellor with extensive experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapies. Sara has also lectured for the University of South Wales and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education. Alongside her counselling and supervision work Sara is passionate about workplace well-being and throughout her career has visited schools, colleges and a variety of organisations delivering a range of sessions on positive mental health.

Sara’s line of expertise include: working with Trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, self-harm, Domestic Abuse, issues concerning gender, identity and sexuality, anxiety and depression. Sara also offers supervision to counsellors, and range of employees from caring professions, including frontline staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may have existing experiences of counselling, or be completely new to it; nonetheless our counselling service is designed to support you with any worries you may be having.

Sara and all our visiting counsellors are BACP recognised and have experience of working with individuals on a variety of issues. We never pretend to have all the answers but we do promise to offer a professional and supportive service. We work with a variety of other professionals and agencies and can always offer you support and guidance with any areas that may not fall under our expertise. The important thing is to remember that you are not alone, and we are here to help in any way we can.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Clinical Supervisor
  • BACP Accredited Counsellor
  • Integrative counselling (MA)
  • Integrative Counselling (Postgraduate Diploma)
  • PGCE (Secondary Education)
  • Accredited young person’s Mentor

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Therapies offered

Sara’s therapy model

“Sara is an integrative counsellor, which means using a variety of counselling models, such as: humanistic, person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapies. Above all, Sara is a relational counsellor, which means the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of the therapy experience to her.”

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Areas of counselling I deal with

This list is not too exhaustive

  • Abortion
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Feeling sad
  • Infertility
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic disorder
  • Physical abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bullying
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Loneliness
  • Miscarriage
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality
  • Work-related stress
  • Addiction(s)
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Child related issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Family issues
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Low self-confidence
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Redundancy
  • Separation and divorce
  • Stress
  • Young carers

1. Mental Health and Well-being Support: Counseling services within an arts-focused organization like Ardour Academy may aim to support the mental health and well-being of individuals within the artistic community. This could include students, artists, volunteers, or anyone associated with the organization.

2. Stress Reduction and Coping Strategies: Engaging in the arts can be emotionally and mentally taxing, and individuals may face stress, anxiety, or other mental health challenges. Counseling services might offer strategies to manage stress, cope with performance anxiety, and navigate the emotional demands of creative pursuits.

3. Art Therapy: Some arts-focused organizations integrate art therapy into their counseling services. Art therapy involves using the creative process of making art to explore and express emotions, improve self-esteem, and foster personal growth. This approach can be particularly beneficial for artists and individuals who find it easier to communicate through art.

4. Individual and Group Counseling: Counseling services can be offered in both individual and group formats. Individual counseling provides one-on-one support tailored to the individual’s needs, while group counseling can create a sense of community and shared experience among participants.

5. Creative Expression in Counseling: Given Ardour Academy’s focus on the arts, their counseling services might incorporate creative expression as a therapeutic tool. This could involve activities such as visual arts, writing, music, or movement to facilitate healing and self-discovery.

6. Personal Growth and Self-Exploration: Counseling services may also help individuals explore their personal growth and self-identity within the context of their artistic journeys. This can involve setting goals, overcoming creative blocks, and fostering a deeper understanding of oneself as an artist.

7. Collaboration with Mental Health Professionals: Arts organizations often collaborate with licensed mental health professionals, such as therapists or counselors, to provide counseling services. These professionals are trained to address a wide range of mental health concerns and can offer evidence-based interventions.

It’s essential to note that the availability and scope of counseling services can vary widely among nonprofit organizations, and Ardour Academy may have its own unique approach tailored to the needs and goals of its community. If you are interested in learning more about their specific counseling services, I recommend visiting their official website or contacting them directly for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, since my knowledge is based on information available up to September 2021, there may have been developments or changes in their services since then.

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