Sharon Belshaw Msc MBACP
Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can explore the areas of your life that are causing you distress.
There may be times where you feel confused or overwhelmed by your feelings and counselling can help you gain an insight and understanding of yourself and your difficulties.
My background experience includes working in Mental Health, and as a Special Constable, this has given me a deeper insight to other's distress.
I am a member of BACP(British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)and BPS (British Psychological Society) , I work with Adults, Adolescents and Couples for both short -term and long-term therapy. I am trained in EMDR and maintain a membership with the EMDR Association.
As well as my private work, I also have experience working in GP practice and I have previously worked in secondary schools providing counselling for adolescents.
I previously worked in a managerial capacity for a large corporate Employee Assistance Programme providing short term counselling and brief psychological interventions.
In addition to private counselling, I am a Clinical Lead for a specialist Complex Trauma organisation.
Due to my interest in trauma, I wrote an article on the impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse and birth that was published in the British Journal of Midwifery.
In 2018 I won a North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership award.
I am currently working towards becoming a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and I am a member of the British Psychological Society.
In addition, I am also a Qualified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist which I do on a private basis.
My Practice is based in Kilwinning which has good rail, bus and road networks.
I can offer evening appointments, Usually Tuesdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR (2016) - Richman Training
Msc Counselling (2017) University if Aberdeen
PG Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2014)
PG Dip Counselling (2007)
COSCA Cert in Counselling (2005)
Bsc(hons) Psychology (2001)
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (2012)
As part of Continuing Professional Development I have also have completed the following training:
Skills for managing Suicide and Self Harm
Inter-Agency Child Protection
Mental Health First Aid
Safe to Say
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- TMy Fee is £45 per session.
Sessions can be either weekly or fortnightly, and there is flexibility to change the frequency.
Telephone counselling is also available if face to face is difficult for you, this is the only time payment is required in advance of the session.
if a session is cancelled without 24 hours notice , there may be a charge applied.
I can provide an Enhanced Disclosure upon request.