Sharon Nicholson, Registered MBACP Accred. Therapeutic Counsellor
Hi I'm Sharon
I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor.
Professionally trained in London and the South West, I run clinics as a Senior Counsellor in the NHS where my specialism is Counselling for Depression (CfD).
In 2007, I established my discreet Private Practice counselling in Dorchester, Dorset's county town. My practice has since grown and I am now based by the sea in the coastal town of Weymouth, working with people from across Dorset and the surrounding counties.
I hold accreditation status with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and with the Professional Standards Authority Register - no. 019950
I feel very privileged to be doing the work that I have a passion for and I enjoy sharing my learning with those who are open to making a positive difference to their lives. I keep up to date with the latest information and teaching regarding 'best practice' through regular continuing professional development (CPD) each year - I undertake a minimum of 30 hours per year in order to maintain my professional Accreditation status.
Why have Counselling?
There are many different reasons why people seek counselling and sometimes it can be difficult to ask for help when you need it the most.
Specific life experiences may trigger intense and overwhelming feelings or you may be experiencing prolonged sadness, low mood and lack energy and motivation.
Counselling aims to alleviate your distress and help you to feel less pressured and less self-critical.
It is usually what we think and feel about ourselves that is most destructive for us.
You can process unresolved difficulties, make sense of your current experiences, and find new ways of coping that leave you feeling more empowered.
If you feel stuck, lost or conflicted, and that life is getting on top of you, taking some time out to talk to a counsellor could help you to find some breathing space, clarity and improved emotional and physical well-being.
How can I help you?
We are all human and struggle at times and there is no shame in asking for help.
Some of the many issues I have helped people with are; Depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, loss, complicated grief, bereavement by suicide, relationship issues, anger, long-term health issues, feelings of guilt or shame, abuse, domestic abuse, trauma, redundancy, low self-esteem and coping with change…
If you prefer, we can keep our work short-term and specifically focused on your present experiences, strengthening your resources to help you to manage day-to-day living more effectively.
You may wish to use counselling to explore in more depth, gaining further insight into how and why past experiences may still be impacting upon you.
My approach allows you to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment and this can be an empowering and life-changing process
How I work
I am qualified to work in an integrative way using the most appropriate models of therapy to suit individual needs.
I promote Mindfulness-based work which focuses on strengthening your resources and resilience, and this can be very effective if you are looking for support for anxiety and stress-related difficulties, personally and professionally.
My compassion-focused approach can help you to feel safe when exploring painful or difficult experiences, both recent and historic.
I am seeing an increasing number of people in my practice seeking support for grief, loss and bereavement. Whilst there is no pause button to stop the rest of the world, I can offer you a supportive space where we can slow things down and help you to bear, and make sense of, your experience.
Some of the positive changes that my clients have benefitted from include;
- Better understanding and self awareness
- Greater clarity and a sense of feeling 'back in control' of oneself
- Decreased feelings of anxiety, shame, guilt and insecurity
- Increased trust in oneself
- Increased sense of calm
- Improved relationships
- A sense of healing and giving oneself 'permission' to live life more freely.
I offer effective therapeutic counselling ranging from a short, solution-focussed piece of work to longer term psychotherapy, dependent upon your needs.
I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation to help us decide together if counselling with me maybe helpful for you.
A face-to-face consultation will then allow us to explore what is happening for you in a little more depth, consider your background history and establish an initial focus for our work together.
Sessions are held face-to-face in my private, dedicated counselling room.
Client testimonial -
''Sharon is simply an excellent counsellor. She possess all the key skills and knows how to apply them sensitively, appropriately, and most of all, effectively''
Please see www.sharon-nicholson.com for client testimonials and further information about my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years experience as a qualified therapist across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
I am fully insured and committed to my own professional and personal growth so I undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year.
- I am BACP Registered and Accredited (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
- Counselling for Depression (CfD) (2015) - Metanoia Institute, London. NICE approved therapy
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2009) - Iron Mill Institute, Exeter
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006) - Weymouth
- Certificate Counselling Studies (2004) - Weymouth
- Certificate Counselling Skills (2003) - Weymouth
Alongside my established Private Practice, my counselling work has included;
- Counselling in NHS Primary Care (High Intensity, Senior Counsellor)
- Specialist Counselling for Depression (CfD)
- Local Business / Carers support agencies & organisations
- RUSS (Trauma - Road User Support Service)
- Further Education (Senior Counsellor) Weymouth College, Budmouth College
- Higher Education Bournemouth University
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s)
- Women’s Refuge - Domestic Abuse
In addition to my counselling work, I have lead 'Pattern Changing' personal development courses for women who have experienced domestic abuse - specialist training with Dorset County Council & BCHA.
Previous to my career as a counsellor, I held a portfolio lead position in The Dorset Youth & Community Service. I managed a county-wide team providing 1:1 mentoring and coaching for 18-24 yr olds and I designed and facilitated a personal and social development project for young people in further education - Children's Services, Dorset County Council (2005-2010)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* I am currently involved with the 'Time to Talk' initiative and am pleased to offer counselling sessions to unpaid carers in Dorset.
For further details and information on how to access this specific service for carers, please see the Dorset Carers Websites My Life My Care https://www.mylifemycare.com/ and CRISP Dorset http://www.crispweb.org/home.aspx
For all other enquiries about my counselling sessions, please contact me direct.
* Fees can often vary between counsellors and this can be due to a number of factors including;
Qualifications and experience - trainee counsellor or fully qualified, working towards accreditation status or with additional post-qualifying specialisms, location, daytime or evening sessions, overheads, length of session (a standard therapeutic hour is often 50 minutes). If the counsellor is working on behalf of a registered charity or their practice is relatively new, this may also be reflected in their fees.
- For self-funded referrals, sessions are at the reduced rate of £45 for 1 full hour
- No hidden costs
- Concessions for low income clients- limited availability
- If you have been referred through your workplace, I will invoice your employer directly
- If you are an employer or represent an agency seeking counselling support for your staff or service users, please enquire for further information regarding my terms.
Based in Weymouth, Dorset, my practice is very accessible for anyone seeking counselling from the areas in and around Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Poundbury, Portesham, Abbotsbury, Bridport and Blandford Forum.
I accept referrals from individuals and agencies and over the years I have worked with people referring from across Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and London.
- Sessions are by appointment only
- Most clients attend sessions weekly in order for counselling to be most effective.
- A commitment to regular attendance is needed in order for therapy to progress.
- There is free parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Friday - Daytime and evening appointments offered depending upon availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|