Dr Sharon Brimfield-Edwards PhD, BSc Psychology, PG/Dip Counselling, MBACP MBPsS
The Chester (Northgate) Counselling Practice
I am a fully qualified Person-centred Counsellor who offers a safe, professional, friendly and confidential counselling service for adults who may struggle with a variety of distressing psychological experiences.
I am a member of both The British Psychological Society (BPS) and The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am included on the BACP Approved Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
The approach that I use
I work from a Person-centred perspective which is based upon the belief that it is the client who knows best what they may need to explore in order to promote their own healing. I will only work at the client's own pace with what, for them, feels safe.
I have also undertaken some further training within the area of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is based upon the belief that what an individual experiences affects their feelings and thoughts, and these in turn may have an effect upon their behaviour and mood. Understanding all this, through working at their own pace, can sometimes help people to make positive changes in their lives: Through an increased awareness of those experiences that influence our behaviours we are often able to think differently about our experiences ultimately placing us in a position to re-evaluate and make any appropriate changes.
What might happen in the counselling room?
My role as a counsellor is to help clients explore both past and present day life experiences within a supportive and caring environment. This often provides the opportunity for them to become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, and the effects that these may be having upon their behaviour and mood.
I am able to work with clients on both a short-term (typically 6 - 18 weeks) and an open-ended basis depending upon client need.
I am also the Director of The Chester (Northgate) Counselling Practice and have a special interest in working with individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and dissociation. I have extensive experience of working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and those who may have experienced domestic violence.
My practice is based within Chester City Centre. I am able to offer both daytime and evening appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
PhD Occupational Stress in the Helping Professions
BSc 2:1 (Hons) Psychology
Post-graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision
MA Elective in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I hold a degree in psychology and a doctorate within the area of occupational stress in the helping professions. I have a raised awareness of the factors that can be involved when an individual experiences problems within the workplace - and the impact that these may have upon the worker. I have experience of working on employee assistance programmes.
My counselling qualification is accredited by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have extensive experience of working within a primary care environment (doctor's surgery counselling) where I have provided a short-term counselling service to clients who have presented with such issues as low self-esteem, problems with anger-management, anxiety, stress, depression, bereavement and loss.
As well as working on a short-term basis, I am also able to work on a longer-term basis with clients who may present with more complex issues. I have over six-years experience of working at the North Wales Women's Centre at Rhyl where I worked with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and women who have experienced domestice violence. I have a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation and trauma.
I am a graduate member of both The British Psychological Society (BPS) and The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I hold a range of continuing professional development certificates including a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision and Cognitive Behavioural Counselling from The University of Chester.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
I charge £30 for the initial session (1 hr) and my fees are then £40 per session (1 hr) thereafter. I am able to offer concessionary rates for trainee counsellors, students and those on a low income.
Corporate (EAP) rate is £45 per hour due to the extra administration involved.
I charge £40 per hour for supervision
Fees are payable on the day by either cash or cheque.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I also hold a Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision awarded by The University of Chester.View supervision profile