About Sarena

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With over 25 years experience working as a therapist and facilitator, Sarena brings a wealth of experience to both her individual and group work. She offers Positive Psychology Life Coaching, cross-cultural sound and music therapy, and teaches meditation.

“I have been incredibly fortunate in training with pioneers within the field of sound healing and therapeutic voice techniques.  Dipping in with Jill Purce in the late 1980’s, then 16 years ago I spent 3 years studying with Pat Moffitt Cook of The Open Ear Center, New Mexico, USA (this study continues today); here in the UK I worked with Chloe Goodchild, founder of The Naked Voice for 4 years.  I am an Advanced Practitioner in Cross-cultural Music for Health Therapy and a Naked Voice Facilitator.”

She gained an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy and was in practice for 10 years before ‘switching camps’ and re-training in Life Coaching; she chose to study with internationally renowned organisation ‘Mentor Coach’ in the USA, as they based their coaching on Positive Psychology, something that she’d previously studied with Dr Chris Johnstone, a leading positive psychology coach, author and teacher here in the UK.

She is a mother, has been married and come through a divorce, experienced health and (many!) other challenges – and so from personal experience can offer deep listening and compassion, humour, and encouragement on your journey.

Which brings me to the present day. I created Birch Moon to draw together my personal experiences and trainings to offer a fully integrated, holistic centre that guides and supports people on all levels – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Birch Tree has always had a special place in my heart; in the Celtic tradition it is symbolic of new beginnings and renewal, regeneration and hope. The white of the trunk represents cleanliness and determination in overcoming difficulties. Do we not all need to draw on the wisdom of the birch tree at some point in our lives?

Just before my mother died she said to her oncology nurse ‘This is my daughter…she is a healer’. It was the only time she acknowledged exactly what I did…and it was the best of parting gifts. ‘I’ do not heal you…but we work together to create the right environment in which you can heal. I genuinely believe that we are held and supported by the Source of all life, and my work is to help others connect with the healing power of that Source.  

I wish you well on your journey, and offer you my very best care should you choose to work with me. Om Shanti. Peace to you.”

Qualifications & Training

Certificate in Education – Sussex University (1994 – 1997)

Advanced Cross-Cultural Sound and Music in Healing and Education – The Open Ear Center (1999 – 2001)

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body UK) (2002 – 2005)

Naked Voice Facilitator (2002 – 2007)

Life Coaching (Mentor Coach USA) (2013 – 2015 Ongoing)

Positive Psychology (2007, 2012, 2013)*

Motivational Interviewing (2012)*

Personal Resilience (2012)*

*Completed at Continuing Professional Development with Chris Johnstone, Centre for Resilience, Happiness and Positive Change.