Sharon May RMN, Dip.Couns., Ma CBT, Cert.Mindfulness
My core profession is Mental Health Nursing which I have practised for 33 years. I have worked in a wide range of clinical areas including the Traumatic Stress Clinic based in Cardiff and the Regional Eating Disorders unit in Ascot, Berkshire. I am able to offer CBTe for eating disorders such as bulimia and binge eating disorder. However, I would not be able to offer a service to clients with a BMI below 17.5 and/or clients with unstable bloods/ECG who are likely to require the services of a specialist Eating Disorders Team.
I have also worked in the voluntary sector as a telephone counsellor for Reading Rape Crisis.
My approach is honest, straight forward and collaborative. You will be treated with respect, compassion and in confidence. Therapy is based very much in the "here and now" with an emphasis on developing a shared understanding of your difficulties, an agreed treatment plan to reduce distress and the development on longer term strategies to help prevent future relapse.
I have a particular interest in treating anxiety and depression and the vast majority of clients I see are experiencing some degree of distress due to worry and anxiety.
It is hard to put a figure on how many sessions a person may require. However, as a general rule of thumb, following the initial assessment, I recommend four weekly sessions and then reviewing progress. Spacing the sessions out longer than this in the beginning often means that it is difficult to maintain progress and can mean that people end up requiring more sessions in the long run.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and I am a member of the BABCP.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is evidence based which means that it has been clinically proven to work. Research has shown CBT to be highly effective and is the treatment of choice for a number of mental health issues as indicated in the government backed Nice clinical guidelines.
There is growing evidence that Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy is effective in the prevention of relapse in recurrent depression and as a means of managing stress and anxiety. I completed my training to teach at The Oxford Mindfulness Centre and regularly practice Mindfulness myself. Please see The Oxford Mindfulness website for up to date information relating to research carried out in respect of Mindfulness.
Research demonstrates that only pure CBT is effective. CBT blended into other therapy modalities (I.e. counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy) is not proven. I therefore provide only pure formulation driven CBT.
Please feel free to contact me by telephone or e mail to discuss whether CBT may helpful for you.
Appointments are available evening and weekends.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Registered Mental Health Nurse, CBTe (eating disorders), Certificate in Mindfulness.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Mindfulness based cognitive therapy
£40 per session
Maps & Directions
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Types of client