Sharon Hastings MBACP, Iremia Counselling
Hello, I'm Sharon. Welcome to Iremia Counselling.
'Iremia' is a Greek word that means peace or tranquillity, something we all need in our lives. But sometimes that peace can be shaken by life's challenges. When this happens, it’s important to give ourselves the time and space to make sense of what is happening and to find a way through the difficult situations, feelings and emotions we are facing. Counselling can help you to do to this.
At Iremia Counselling I offer a safe and confidential space where you can talk about the things that are causing you emotional pain and distress.
My role is to journey with you as you look to move through the challenges and difficult situations you are facing and on towards greater inner strength, peace and resilience.
I am an experienced counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I provide professional counselling services both within counselling agencies and school settings.
I work with primary and secondary school aged children and young people and adults.
Before becoming a counsellor, I worked for a mental health charity, advising private and public-sector organisations including emergency services personnel, on ways to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff and how to reduce the stigma around mental health within the workplace.
Working with adults
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine complementary counselling approaches and tailor them to your needs. For example, I may use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which can help you to identify unhelpful thoughts and thinking patterns. I also incorporate creative interventions for clients of all ages, such as drawing, life timelines, mindfulness and visualisation where appropriate. Using a creative approach may help you to see things from a different perspective and give you a better understanding of yourself.
Working with children and young people
When working with children, I give them one to one attention and the space to explore their emotions and the issues they are facing using play therapy, including soft toys, drawing and painting, clay and storytelling. I use play to engage with children, as it is the natural way that children learn, communicate and make sense of the world they live in and experience. It also gives children the ability to explore painful feelings and experiences in a safe way. With young people, I use talking therapy and creative interventions as appropriate to their needs.
Take that first step
Exploring the difficulties you are facing can be painful and challenging, but I know from personal experience that it can also be empowering and liberating. Counselling can give you the opportunity to rediscover (and sometimes reclaim) who you are and the life you want to live.
I can work with you to help you make sense of the difficult life experiences you are facing, identify personal goals for growth and change, what you would like to be different and ways to achieve this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have done specific training in relation to working with children and young people.
I also have a Diploma in Postnatal Facilitation, which focuses on the issues and challenges of becoming a parent. I previously ran Postnatal 'Early Days' courses for new parents on behalf of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
I have experience of supporting people on a range of issues such as low mood, anxiety, bereavement, relationship strain, workplace and study stress. I also work with parenting challenges, cultural and cross-cultural issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with/on
- Race, culture and cross cultural related issues
- Supporting new parents (both mums and dads) through the challenges of becoming a parent and parenting.
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Individual counselling: £45 per session
Couples Counselling: £55 per session
Student counsellors: £30 per session
Whether you are looking for support for yourself or for a child or young person in your life, take that first step towards having counselling by calling me on 07719 825738. You can also me email me.
The initial conversation will be an opportunity for you to give me some brief details about your situation, the reasons why you want to have some counselling and to ask any questions you may have. If you are happy to move on to the next step, this will be a first session (lasting one hour) where we can get to know each other and we can talk more about your situation and what you hope to get out of counselling.
If you decide to go further with me, we will then agree a regular time and day to meet for counselling sessions, which will usually be on a weekly basis, for 50 minutes (45 minutes for children).
Useful to know
- I hold a current enhanced DBS check which enables me to work with children and young people.
- I work in a Centre in Harold Wood, less than 10 minutes walk from Harold Wood station and there is plenty of parking. I also work in the Brentwood area.
- I also provide training to organisations on mental health awareness and mental health first aid.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Evenings, Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|