In response to industry demand, our founder, Sarah McCaffrey, combined her experience of working in film and media as a psychotherapist (MBACP) to create Solas Mind.
Sarah has worked in the film and tv industry for many years both as actor, on production and as a film and tv production training manager and has a unique understanding of the pressures inherent in the creative sector and the workplace demands when working in film and tv production.
Sarah delivers talks and training on supporting good mental health throughout the industry and also delivers Mental Health Awareness Training nationwide for HETV Drama Heads of Department on behalf of ScreenSkills.
Sarah works in private practice online, at Pinewood Studios and in London.
Her theoretical approach is based upon the Person-Centred Theory which was developed in the 1950’s from the work of American psychologist Carl Rogers.
Person-centred counselling helps people by creating an open, safe space to talk. It is an approach to therapy based on the idea that natural human potential can be facilitated and encouraged by a unique, trusting relationship between the client and the therapist.
Sarah believes in the actualising tendency: the innate capacity of every individual to grow and reach their potential for self-fulfilment. The person-centred approach allows the client and therapist freedom to talk openly about anything in a private and non-judgemental environment. Counselling is a journey of self-discovery and the positive relationship between client and counsellor is the main therapeutic agent.
Sarah will accompany you on a journey of self-discovery., looking at where you would like to be in your life and what currently prevents you getting there. Her role is to get to know you and for you to develop a greater understanding of yourself in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Working at your pace, Sarah offers guidance and support so that new options become available to you.
Sarah is also a suicide and mental health first aid trainer and has specialist training in sexual violence against women and is a volunteer counsellor at Rape Crisis.
'It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behaviour and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.' (Rogers, 1980)