Kerry Sharp

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Child, adolescent and adult therapist - UKCP, MBACP
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Bishop's Stortford CM23 & St. Albans AL1
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

As we journey through life, we all encounter a variety of challenges and difficulties.  No matter what stage of life you are at, there can be times when situations become overwhelming and you are unsure of what to do or where to turn.  The act of reaching out for support can have a very empowering effect, resulting not only in personal growth but also in the development of the network that surrounds you.  I am here to support you and be alongside you during the healing process. 

I am an integrative psychotherapist offering individual sessions for children, adolescents, adults and parents.  Also, I provide support to parents so that they can reflect upon the developmental needs of their child and family dynamics in order to promote attachment, regulation and the environment surrounding the child.   For me, the most important part of my work is the therapeutic relationship, as well as creating a safe, nurturing, confidential space for young people and adults to explore their inner world and discover their true selves.  I have a keen interest in attachment, child development, trauma, neuroscience, and intergenerational complexities.  I am a psychotherapist for The Butterfly Room, Stevenage as well as offering private therapy.  I am a qualified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist and a member of the UKCP and BACP.  I have an MA-level Child and Adolescent psychotherapy training accredited by UKCP.

Each of us is unique and I draw upon a wide variety of theoretical approaches and styles to support children, young people, and adults with varying difficulties and concerns.  As well as talking I can incorporate play, art and creativity within the therapeutic space to support self-expression and make sense of feelings and behaviours.  I intend to work closely with parents/carers and other professionals to ensure that the child or young person receives the best possible support. I provide support to the network surrounding the child or young person, including educational settings and other professionals. 

I also run group therapy sessions for adolescents and adults focussing on themes such as anxiety, self-harm, self-esteem, identity, neurodiversity etc.

What to expect

Contacting a therapist might be a new experience for you and can initially feel quite daunting.  The most important thing is that you find a therapist who is right for you and/or your child, something I am very willing to discuss with you.  It would be my pleasure to speak with you and to determine whether I can provide what you need. You are welcome to call me and have a conversation.

All of my work starts with an initial assessment where we can have time together to discuss your reasons for starting therapy whether this is for yourself and/or your child.  I will gather a full history during this time and we can think about your hopes from therapy, considering your child’s wishes if the referral is for them.  We can then discuss the best way forward.  

Sessions are one to one for 50 minutes on the same day and time each week which will be agreed upon at the beginning of our therapeutic journey together.  When working with children/young people I offer and facilitate regular reviews with parents/carers.  Group sessions are for 1 hour.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have many years of experience working in various types of educational settings, facilitating therapy with young people and adults.  I have extensive experience in working with children/young people of various ages with social, and emotional difficulties including ASD, ADHD, OCD and Attachment Disorders alongside supporting parents.  I have worked with adults and young people who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, neglect, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement, body dysmorphia, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

  • Masters level qualification in Integrative Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy which is UKCP accredited.
  • I currently facilitate therapy with children, adolescents and adults at Stortford Therapy Space, Bishops Stortford and a therapy space in St Albans.
  • I also currently facilitate therapy with children, adolescents and adults at The Butterfly Room, Stevenage
  • I am open to facilitating therapy within the school setting, depending on location. 
  • I studied at Terapia/Middlesex University
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
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

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 - £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

When I work

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Further information

  • I have full insurance and an enhanced DBS.
  • As a member of UKCP and BACP, I adhere to their Code of Ethics for good practice.

Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1

Type of session

In person
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Kerry Sharp
Kerry Sharp