Sarah Paton Briggs
I work to support the mental wellbeing of clients as individuals or couples through psychological therapy. This often involves developing new understanding of the past in order to live more comfortably in the present with a view to a more fulfilling future.
I work with trauma and PSTD in particular, as well as sexual and relationship problems. Anxiety and depression can often be addressed by looking at their roots in the past to bring resolution now and for the future. Sessions with horses are also offered at a farm near Malmesbury, bringing emotional awareness and resilience.
"Thanks so much for being a good infuence on me this year. I appreciate it a lot! The most precious gift you can give to someone is your time - so thanks for your time, Sarah! I must say I think you’re a lovely, warm & strong lady and I’m glad we met."
Thanks for today Sarah I go so much from that session; you made me feel very safe and I rarely feel that way.
Thank you for all of your support. I have really valued our sessions as you have helped me to look at useful ways of re-framing things. I'm in a much more content position than when I first came to see you!
The highlight was the horse experience. I imagine I will remember it for the rest of my life. It was quite something. I so appreciate the time and skill to make the magic happen.
I wanted to acknowledge all the years of fantastic, stabilising, and practical supervision. I feel I have been so well shaped by your generous input. Thank you for all you have offered with such empathy and strength.
Thank you so much for your wonderful supervision. I've found supervision such a nurturing and supportive experience thanks to you.
Thank you for all of the time and experiences during our equine sessions. I've had several 'eureka' moments!
Thanks for your support during supervision.
I am deeply grateful for our every interaction. I have accomplished so much with the understandings and support from our sessions to process and implement these realisations.
Thanks for your help over the years. I will speak only good things about the services you provide and the friendly, human aspect you bring to a difficult process.
Bless you for the beautiful love you share with the world through your work. It means a lot to me and has made a big difference for me. Thank you.
I am very grateful I found you. I am so glad. Contacting you was the first thing that I did which demonstrated a motivation for change and it is one of the best decisions I ever made.
Thank you for making a real difference.
I feel very proud of the great strides I have taken, and that was largely due to your compassion, wisdom, and ability to create an environment in which I felt safe to explore the depths of my psyche.
Thanks so much for being such a good influence on me. I must say I think you're a really lovely & strong lady & I'm glad we met!
Thank you for all the help. I feel so much happier and together as a person. Your guidance has been crucial in this transition.
Thank you for your encouragement and support. Most of all, thanks for listening to me!
Thank you for all your time and support. I have valued our supervision.
You made a real difference not just a small one & I will hold that in my heart forever.
Thank you for providing such wonderful, supportive supervision. I've had a fantastic experience.
Thank you for all your help last year. I really enjoyed meeting you.
Thank you for your patience and wise words during my counselling. You've helped me very much and now all I need to do is help myself!
Thank you Sarah for all of your incredible work
I cannot thank you enough for all of your help over the last two years; you have literally changed my life.
Your support and endorsement means the most. I have a lot to thank you for because when I was in complete despair back in 2017 especially (3 years ago) it was you that kept me going. I am definitely a very fortunate person to have found you and really don’t think I would be here without your interventions. Sorry for not being the easiest case at times!!
You're the best counsellor I've ever had. Thank you so much!
We value your input immensely. We are in a better place than ever: we now have discussions rather than arguments.
Details of these case studies have been changed to protect client confidentiality.
Adrian came to counselling many years after his divorce from Trudi, while in his 40s. Athough he has maintained a new relationship of over 10 years with Jean, he was still troubled by events from his first marriage to Trudi. Slowly he came to realise that her behaviour had been extremely manipulative and damaging. From researching online, he developed the belief that Trudi probably had severe narcissistic traits which had a destructive impact on his self-esteem. By carefully tracking the perceived deficits of the parenting he received in his family of origin, which predisposed him to being attracted to Trudi in his 20s, he began to have more compassion for himself and for the traumatic life events that he had suffered, Adrian began to dare to live more bravely by tapping into his considerable creative and artistic talents.
Anna came to therapy after a particularly painful relationship breakup. Counselling helped her realise that when her boundaries had been weak, this had a bad impact on her relationships with men. She also realised that because of the criticism she received in childhood from her parents, she was overly desperate in seeking attention and approval from the men she dated. After some careful conversations, she developed a more centred and healthy way of dating, which led to a more fulfilling relationship not only with her boyfriend but with herself too.
Dealing with a difficult boss was the issue that brought Julie to counselling. As the conversations developed, she began to trust me enough to start talking about the recurring nightmares and flashbacks which were causing her tremendous distress. Trauma-informed therapy supported her in addressing the disturbing memories. Although this process was difficult for Julie, she was committed to processing the intrusive memories so that she could live more fully in the present. She came to accept that the brutal rape was part of her lived history, the memories were more firmly placed in the past, so her future began to look brighter.
Life had improved for Danny: a good job and a new partner. But he was greatly saddened at the low level of contact with his son, who lives with his ex-partner. Legal bills were a costly way to gain more time with his son including overnight stays. Yet he found that therapy helped him be more boundaried in his communication with the mother of his son. This helped him manage the contact arrangements once the court case was over. Not easy, but worth it.