Sharon Lawrence

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MBACP (Snr Accred) - Chapters Counselling & Training
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County Durham, DL5 6SP
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Chapters Counselling and Training is a well established business that has been providing therapeutic services and training for in excess of 14 years.

I personally have over 20 years of post qualification experience as a counsellor which has given me a wonderful array of experience with different issues that people face in their lives. I am a warm, patient and respectful therapist who values each client as the unique person that they are. My beliefs are that there is hope for everyone and we all deserve time and space to work things out...and with support we can change, accept or just feel better in ourselves.

As well as working with individuals I am trained to work with couples and I enjoy the experience of supporting them to understand one another better, to develop their relationship or even to support the process of their relationship ending in a more satisfactory way.

I work with local businesses, schools and agencies to offer employer assistance counselling and non-managerial supervision as well as with privately referring clients who choose to access counselling for themselves.

As a supervisor, I work with many professionals including police staff, support workers and welfare officers as well as offering clinical supervision to other counsellors.

We also teach all levels of counselling training to those who wish to either have a taste of what counselling is all about or pursue a career as a qualified counsellor.

Please feel free to contact us regarding any of our professional services.

We are located in modern, comfortable offices at Parsons Court, Welbury Way, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham DL5 6ZE

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor (Dip.Counselling), supervisor (Level 6 Cert in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision) as well as a qualified teacher (C&G 7407 and Cert Ed),I am a Senior Accredited counsellor with the BACP - MBACP(Snr Accred) and a registered independant counsellor on the UKRCP register. I have an up to date enhanced DBS check and all relevant insurances. I also have a Certificate in couples counselling.

I have taught counselling for 20 years and 13 years ago left my job to set up my own business delivering high quality, private counselling and training at all levels. I teach, supervise and counsel predominantly using the Person-Centred approach but am always guided by the needs of the clients and students, so can utilise skills from other approaches as and when appropriate.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

We also offer counselling to students who are required to have personal therapy as part of their counselling training journey. I am on the approved list of therapists for students at Teesside University and we are happy to see trainee counsellors from other training establishments. Fees are reduced for students to support their learning as our caseload allows.


£50.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

Individual counselling fees £50 per session  (50 minutes)

Couples counselling fees £85 per session (90 minutes)

Supervision fees are £67.50 per 90 minutes.

When I work

Sessions are available at various times throughout the week and weekend appointments may be agreed if required.

Further information

Chapters is a private, friendly, fully approved and accredited training centre that can offer courses, bespoke training, individual and couples counselling and supervision to counsellors and trainees. We are not precious however, and we welcome anyone who has an interest in people. There is something here for everyone regardless of experience, previous training etc.

Counselling is offered in a modern, comfortable and relaxed environment where clients are encouraged to do whatever they need to in order to engage in the therapeutic relationship.

Chapters Counselling, The Blue Bridge Centre, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham, DL5 6SP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

We now have access to a ground floor counselling room which is accessible for wheelchair users. I have training in telephone and online counselling for those unable to attend in person or for times of lockdown.


In person

I am pleased to be able to offer clinical supervision to counselling practitioners.

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