Virginia Sherborne MBACP (Accred.)

Virginia Sherborne MBACP (Accred.)

28 Wilkinson Street
South Yorkshire
S10 2GB

289 Abbeydale Road
S7 1FJ

0114 276 9500 (Wellforce) / 07772 180089

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28 Wilkinson Street
South Yorkshire
S10 2GB

289 Abbeydale Road
S7 1FJ

0114 276 9500 (Wellforce) / 07772 180089

About me

I am a qualified counsellor and Accredited member of the BACP, seeing clients at Wellforce in the centre of Sheffield. I have specialist training in bereavement, rape/sexual abuse, trauma and parenting. My clients include young people as well as adults.

I can help you to:

  • find a safe space to come to terms with painful experiences
  • gain some perspective on your life
  • find a way forward if you feel stuck or confused
  • understand relationships in your family and beyond
  • improve your interpersonal skills

My training and experience:

After starting out training to be an accountant in the City of London, I soon moved over to secondary school teaching in 1988, and I’ve been working with teenagers ever since. In 2007 I decided to train to be a counsellor at Sheffield Hallam University and I qualified with my Counselling Diploma in 2010.

My first area of special training was at Cruse Bereavement Care. After seeing adult clients for a couple of years, I was invited to train to support bereaved children and young people. Eventually I joined the Cruse Trainers’ Register and helped to train other volunteers. The age range of bereaved people I have worked with spans 6 years old through to 82!

In 2008 I was able to begin seeing clients at Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse after completing a rigorous training process. Helping these clients to become more empowered and take control of their lives felt like a great privilege. I now provide therapy part-time as a volunteer at Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service.

Building up my private practice was very exciting. Clients have been choosing to come and see me since 2010 for a wide variety of reasons. Some have been teachers who knew I would understand the issues they face every day at work. Others have been school and university students, who recognised that my special experience would be helpful to them. I’ve been consulted by people who were affected by traumatic accidents or who have been raped, because they know I can help with trauma. My years of experience working with the bereaved at Cruse attracted other people to choose me. Sometimes clients knew they wanted counselling, but weren’t sure what the specific issues would be, and they came to me because I had a broad mix of experience, both in my training and in my own life.

Many of my clients have arrived wanting to talk about parenting, as this is one of my specialist areas. When my son was born in the early nineties, I realised I wanting to be more confident about parenting, so I went on a PET (Parent Effectiveness Training) course. This style of parenting totally matched my own values, and in 2003 I completed the training to become a PET facilitator. Since then I have passed on this valuable learning both to groups and to individuals.

In 2011 I completed the Foundation Course in Art Therapy run by Sheffield NHS trust. This gave me extra insight and skills in helping clients express themselves using creative methods, and I always have art materials available for any clients who feel comfortable or curious about working in this way.

In Sept 2014 I began studying for an MA in Trauma Studies at Nottingham University - an exciting new challenge. I am also taking a Diploma Training in Specialist Psychotherapy with Ex-Boarders, led by Nick Duffell (April-Sept 2016).

During 2016 I completed EMDR training Parts 1 and 2.

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip HE Counselling
MBACP Accredited
Parent Effectiveness Training Facilitator Course
Cruse Awareness of Bereavement Course
Cruse Children and Young People's Course
Art Therapy Foundation Course (Sheffield NHS Trust training)
Survivors UK training course
Boarding School Survivors training course for therapists

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school issues
Life transitions eg retirement, menopause, coming out, leaving home, having children, downsizing, empty nest

Photos & videos

  • BACP


Free initial no-obligation session, then £45 per session after that. Some discounts are available.

Sessions last 50 minutes.

Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Further information

For your peace of mind:

LGBT Affirmative
Enhanced DBS Checked
Professionally insured

Some useful links:

  •  Provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Also provides support for their partners/carers.
  • Parent Effectiveness Training

I also provide the following courses:

  • "Parent Effectiveness Training" - for parents
  • "Supporting Parenting" - for counsellors and psychotherapists
  • "Dealing sensitively and appropriately with clients who become emotional and may disclose difficult information" - for massage therapists/reflexologists etc
  • "Ecotherapy and bereavement" - for counsellors and psychotherapists
  • "Introduction to Ecotherapy" - for counsellors and psychotherapists

Maps & Directions

Sheffield, S10 2GB
Sheffield, S7 1FJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Flexible appointment times.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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