Ros Sharples MBACP, Dip. Practice TA (UKATA).
“I am committed to working with a client to support them becoming who they truly are, to let go of difficulties and to move on. Building a relationship of trust and honesty is at the heart of my practice.”
I offer many years of training in psychotherapy, psychology and counselling. Originally I trained in Process Oriented Psychology California during the 1980's. Thirteen years ago I added Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy to my tool box. My original training was in the creative arts. I still use this creative way of thinking in my work with clients to look at things from a new perspective.
I am a skilled and experienced Counsellor trained in Psychotherapy, Process work, Transactional Analysis, Family Constellation Therapy, Body Awareness, Food addiction, Relationship issues, Couples counselling, Youth counselling and Mindfulness Skills.
Life is a challenge!
Sometimes people just need support in life transitions, unexpected challenges or want to get to know them selves better. Brief counselling or longer term psychotherapy in a safe and nurturing environment to support these changes can really help!
I am comfortable in working with many issues, here are some of the areas in which I have experience;
Loosing a loved one, going through life changes, finding it hard to move on. I see these life transitions as a process of mourning but also discovering what can be learned and taken forwards into the future.
Painful events can become triggers and interrupt our daily lives. I can work with you to start separating the past from the present.
I can work with you in a supportive and non-judgemental way to find out what you are really needing. I see addiction as an expression of an unmet need that needs to be recognised.
Obesity and Food Addiction:
From birth, food plays such a fundamental role in all our lives. Often issues to do with early trauma can express themselves through eating disorders. Or people can react to recent loss through their relationship to food. I can work on these life triggers and this then will allow you to change your relationship to how you eat.
Survivors of sexual abuse:
I have extensive experience and training in working in this area and create a safe and non-judgemental space for healing and learning to live again.
Leaving manipulative and damaging relationships or cult groups:
Psychological manipulation can be as damaging as physical abuse and often happens at the same time. It takes time and patience to develop a stronger sense of your authentic self. But i have specific training and experience in this area.
Obsessive behaviour and Anxiety:
Recurring obsessive thoughts and compulsion are disruptive and upsetting. I use mindfulness and cognitive tools that can be practiced to change habitual thought patterns and calm the mind.
Low lying depression is like a cloud that seems to way down any joy or sense of life. However with patience, it is very possible to find a way through to a sense of engagement.
Stress can occur at any time of life, when things get overwhelming. Sometimes just thinking things through and problem solving with someone in a non-judgemental setting can alleviate the issue quickly
Low self esteem:
This is such a thread through many people's lives. However this is something very possible to change through therapy as we look at underlying factors and change life choices in a positive direction.
“Communication and listening are key skills that can be learned to help a relationship grow again.”
Sometimes couples have experienced a loss of connection and vitality in their relationship, or over time feel that they have grown apart. It can feel that a relationship ricochets from one argument to another, or that there seem to be patterns that are hard to change.
I believe that change is a natural part of growth in individuals and couples. Meeting in a safe space, learning new skills together and finding new ways of communicating can release couples from new or recurring difficulties.
"Through personal growth, letting go of old patterns and taking responsibility for the Self, through truly listening and accepting the Other, two individuals can learn new ways to love each other and enjoy their lives Together."
Sometimes people need to find a healthy way to say 'Good-bye'. This is the hardest thing to do and re-stimulates so many negative feelings and memories. Finding a way through this painful life transition is very hard. In this case I would want to work with the two people as individuals as well as seeing them together to find a way to talk through their difficulties with respect for their own feelings and the challenging negotiations they are facing.
I am committed to continuing my training in all these areas and am also taking an Msc. and CTA in Psychotherapy through Middlesex University at the Berne Institute.
Training, qualifications & experience
Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy advanced training, (Psychotherapy) Berne Institute. (Contractual Trainee).
Diploma to Practice Transactional Analysis UKATA (Dip Practice TA)
RTE Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis) advanced training, West Wales Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy
RTE Diploma (Transactional Analysis) foundation training with Jenny Thomas, Cardiff
Process oriented Psychology (Psychotherapy) with Arnie Mindell in California
Hypnotherapy at Twin Lakes Institute in California
Continual Personal Development in Body Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Youth Counselling, Couples Counselling, Cult and exit counselling, Sexual Trauma counselling and Food Addiction counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I currently run a closed group on alternate Thursdays. I have been approached by clients and asked to start a new group. Please get in touch with me if you would be interested.
The groups that I would consider beginning would address:
'Vulnerability and Strength: masculinity in the modern world' (For Men)
'The female form: emotional, spiritual and the physicality of being a woman in the modern world.' (For Women)
'Living and growing through abuse: reclaiming the whole of who you are.' (For Survivors of Abuse)
Group therapy is a rewarding and valuable process of self discovery. Though one:one therapy can support the individual in an intimate and safe environment, group work allows greater possibility for rewriting negative beliefs with the support and care of peers. It is especially beneficial for people who have found early family life challenging.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
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I offer a sliding scale from £45 to £25 for one:one counselling, £55 to £35 for couples (as I recommend an hour and a half at least initially) and from £10 to £5 per person per hour for a group session. (This may vary slightly based on length or numbers of people.)
Group Therapy, Workshops and Seminars:
'The support of a therapy group with other people who have had similar experiences can be profoundly life changing and affirming.'
I run ongoing groups that address specific issues such as food addiction or trauma and therapy groups that work in an open way with what ever the members bring that week. Issues can be explored and shared with like-minded individuals in a safe and confidential setting. Changes can be celebrated with other people who understand!
"I have had overwhelming positive feed back from members in my groups; who say that they have been able to find greater depth and meaning in their lives."
I run workshops with particular focuses, such as;
‘Understanding Weight Gain and Body Image’, ‘Living past Sexual Abuse and Trauma’, ‘Letting go of Low Self Esteem, Depression and Anxiety’, ‘Developing Mindfulness Practice’, ‘Coming to terms with Loss’, ‘Finding the Free Child and releasing the Creative Spirit’.
I share TA tools and other therapeutic skills to enhance communication and provide a common language as well as empowering participants to make lasting changes in their own lives.
I also work with organisations to support mutual understanding in the work place.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays and evenings Monday-Fridays. Some Saturdays.
Types of client