Sharon Nicholson, Registered MBACP Accred. Therapeutic Counsellor
'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you' - Maya Angelou
Hi I'm Sharon
I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor.
Professionally trained in London and the South West, I am a Senior Counsellor in the NHS and I have run a successful and discreet Private Practice in Weymouth and Dorchester for over 10 years.
I work with people from across Dorset and the surrounding counties, providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, relaxed and confidential environment.
I work in an integrative way using the most appropriate models of therapy to suit individual needs.
I hold accreditation status with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and with the Professional Standards Authority Register - no. 019950
Alongside working in private practice, I am a High Intensity Senior Counsellor specialising in Counselling for Depression (CfD) within the NHS.
CfD is a model of therapy that is recognised by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and works with intrapersonal processes, such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism, which often maintain depressed mood.
I also supervise other counsellors within the NHS.
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.
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 feeling low in mood and lacking in 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 less 'stuck' and more in control of your life.
If you feel 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, complicated grief, relationship issues, anger, long-term health issues, feelings of guilt or shame, abuse, domestic abuse, trauma, redundancy, low self-esteem and coping with change…
We can keep our work mostly focused on the present or, as appropriate, we can deepen our work together and explore past experiences that may still affect you now. We all learn ways to manage difficult emotions and whilst these may help us to cope in the short-term, they may not always serve us well long-term.
Counselling can help you to recognise and make sense of patterns of behaviours and relationships that you maybe unconsciously repeating in your life.
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.
My compassion-focused approach can help you to feel safe when exploring painful or difficult experiences.
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 suggest a free initial 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.
Please see www.sharon-nicholson.com for further information and client testimonials.
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) training courses 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.
- For individuals, sessions cost £40 for 1 full hour
- If you have been referred through your workplace, I will invoice your employer directly
Please enquire further if you are an employer seeking counselling support for your staff
My practice is based in Weymouth, Dorset, and is particularly accessible for anyone seeking counselling from the areas in and around Weymouth, 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 and last for 1 hour.
- 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|