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Sarah Terry Adv. Dip. Couns MBACP


I am a fully qualified counsellor possessing third party liability insurance, a full enhanced DBS Certificate and I am also a member of the BACP

I started my career working as an admin assistant in a large Solicitors practice, progressing to Assistant Office Manager before being made redundant in the late 1980’s. I went on to do a variety of similar roles for local companies as well as taking a short break to have my Son in 1997.

After deciding it was time to spread my career wings, I secured a job for a large Midlands based Social Housing Provider in 2000 and was able to progress my career by accessing in-house training to become a trainer for colleagues and also tenants of the Housing Association, I worked here until 2006, when I left to pursue my dream of becoming self-employed and also to train as a counselling psychotherapist. I finally found my niche and passion and after progressing from a basic level of counselling skills to an Advanced Diploma, eventually, I became a qualified counsellor in 2009.

Throughout and after my training, I did a wide variety of relevant work including delivering services as a counsellor for the NHS in various GP Practices in Staffordshire. This enabled me to build my experience as I delivered a wide range of therapeutic approaches to people of all ages and with widely differing mental health issues. Alongside this role, I worked as a self-employed trainer delivering vocational training to vulnerable young people not in education employment or training (NEET) and young offenders. I also worked as a school counsellor in a large inner city High School in Birmingham.

I now work primarily as a school counsellor, delivering counselling, mentoring and coaching to students at secondary school in one to one and group settings. My therapeutic approach is integrative, using a mixture of person centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and general coaching techniques. I also like to work creatively with my clients and use objects and art wherever required. More recently, I have trained in the practice of mindfulness and hoping to share my journey with some of my clients by introducing them to the practice and benefits of mindfulness

In addition, I also work as a Lecturer for Staffordshire University, lecturing to Social Work Degree Students on the subject of Counselling Skills and their uses in Social Work settings.

Over the years, I have developed and maintained a wide network of professionals, from teachers to counsellors and psychotherapists, to corporate managers and local business people. This, in addition to my close relationships with partnership service providers in the Lichfield and Burntwood areas; has enabled me to have a reliable mix of specialists to call on. Add my own varied experience, creative problem solving and love of a good challenge and the result is Purple Stag. Your one stop shop for professional support services.

I have also recently written and self-published my first book, a fact-based case study style read which uses information from some of my past cases to create a fictional but realistic look at what Teenagers talk about in the counselling room.

Oh, and by the way, if you're wondering...Why Purple Stag? It's simple really. I live on the outskirts of Cannock Chase and I'm lucky enough to see a herd of Red Deer in the fields that back onto my garden most days. The Stag is a treat we see only at certain times of the year. As for the Purple part...Purple, as well as being my favourite colour, is the colour of sensitivity, spirituality and compassion.