Sharon McCormick MBACP Accredited
Hello, I'm Sharon and welcome to my profile. I have been a professionally qualified counsellor for 18 years so I want to assure you that you'd be in very safe hands if you wanted to work with me. I'm also a qualified mediator which enables me to work with couples very effectively.
Finding the 'right' counsellor can seem pretty daunting can't it? However I'm a great believer in going with your instincts so if you want a quick chat on the phone with me first then by all means send me an e-mail or a text to my mobile and I'll give you a call. (please don't be put off if you get my answerphone - just leave a brief message and I will call you back).
I meet with clients in a ground floor purpose built consulting room in Lichfield. I'm described as very 'down to earth', 'friendly' and 'straight-talking' and hold the view that if people are brave enough to consider starting counselling - they should get the best help possible! So if after finding out what your issue is, I may well suggest a better/alternative/more cost effective option for you and will do my best to signpost you to another therapist or service as I maintain a comprehensive list of reputable and credible counsellors nearby and their areas of specialities.
When choosing a therapist you may consider location, fees or even because you like the therapist's photo! Whilst these may be valid reasons, please remember that your choice can have a massive impact (both positive OR negative) on the outcome of your therapy so PLEASE do your homework to feel comfortable and safe with who you choose to spend your money with! Counselling is a HUGE commitment on many levels so finding the right counsellor may mean you need to travel a bit further afield or perhaps pay that little bit more to get a professional with many years of experience behind them or specific training/experience in the issue you want to explore.
* TIP: If the dates practitioners qualified are not listed on profiles I would STRONGLY encourage you to ask this very valid question as any counsellor worth their weight would be more than happy to share this openly and willingly (and that includes me).
I am extremely passionate about the quality, integrity and professionalism of my service and welcome any and all feedback to improve standards and practice.
I am also the proprietor of 'The Listening Centre' which was established in 2002 in response to the needs of organisations to provide welfare support and stress management solutions for their employees. We have grown to a team of 30 Affiliate Counsellors covering the entire Central UK Region. Our services includes Occupational Counselling, Workplace Mediation, Critical Incident Support, Training workshops and Executive Coaching. I have extensive experience of working at Board Level in Public and Private sector industries which enables me to apply a holistic view of Corporate demands in the workplace. See www.thelisteningcentre.co.uk
As a passionate advocate for my profession, in 2017 I launched a private counselling training centre 'Adept (Central) Ltd', delivering a CPCAB pathway leading to Counselling Qualifications in Lichfield starting with a Level 2 Award in Effective Listening Skills. Together with a few other teachers, support adult learners in their quest to becoming a qualified counsellor. See www.adeptcentral.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Member of the of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk) and am bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Accreditation with the BACP demonstrates to clients, employers and peers, my capacity for independent, competent and ethical practice. It symbolises my maturity, integrity and gives assurance of the quality in my practice.
The purpose of the BACP Ethical Framework is to establish and maintain standards for Counsellors who are members of BACP, and to inform and protect people/organisations that use my services.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
- Certificate in Counselling Theory 1999
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2002
- Cert & Guilds Teaching Certificate 2005
- Certificate in Workplace Mediation 2013
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2016
- Volunteer Counsellor: Banners Gate Counselling Centre 2001 - 2004
- Private Practitioner: 2002 - present
- Counselling Course Lecturer for South Staffordshire College: 2005 - 2010
- Clinical Lead & Case Manager for 30 Affiliate Counsellors - The Listening Centre: 2002 - Present
- Director and Tutor: Adept (Central) Ltd 2018 - present
Like all professional practitioners, I regularly attend courses, workshops and seminars for developmental purposes. A comprehensive list of all the Professional Development Activities/Courses I have attended over the years is readily available upon request.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes people come to counselling with a 'presenting issue' which may not be what we end up exploring, so for that reason I don't have a specific area/type of problem that I specialise in. I am guided by clients as to how to help them in the most effective way possible in the shortest amount of time.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
Full Time Employed £50
Student Counsellors £35
Low Income/Unemployed £25 (proof required)
Initial Assessment with report: £110
Face-to-face Counselling £55-£85
Corporate Training POA
Trauma Care Programme POA
I accept self referrals as well as referrals from:
- Occupational Health Services
- Private Health Insurances
- Employee Assistance Programmes
- Health Professionals
- Insurance Companies
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can usually offer an appointment within 1 week. Fees are the same for daytime or evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|