Hello, my name is Sharan Brown and I am a counsellor with over 10 years’ with experience supporting people in the NHS, Third sector, schools and communities. I work from my private practice in the Scottish Highlands offering services to youths and adults facing a full range of life issues and challenges.
I provide counselling in a variety of ways, such as face-to-face, sessions via Zoom video conferencing and also telephone counselling (where appropriate).
In my practice, I consult with people experiencing all sorts of difficulties including work and career issues, relationship issues, family problems, trauma following domestic violence or sexual abuse, grief and loss, sudden traumatic events, eating disorders, low self-esteem, chronic illness issues, and depression/ anxiety which of course can manifest in many ways.
I strongly value being non-judgmental and working in a collaboration with my clients. Everyone is the expert of their own life and it’s my job to help you to make the changes that are important to you. I use a framework tailored to your unique way of being in the world allowing you freedom without limitation to heal and recover from painful and difficult experiences and embrace a full and satisfying life.
It takes courage to come to therapy and talk about our difficulties. A benefit of seeing a therapist is being able to talk to someone who’s not part of your friendship/family network. Family and friends can mean well but there are times when they don’t meet our needs. Counselling provides a confidential safe space for you to speak freely and discover what’s helpful for you.
During an initial assessment session we will agree a working contract including the time and frequency of future sessions providing you with an opportunity to consider and outline any issues of concern. I believe that “therapy should not be theory driven, but relationship driven” (Yalom). I offer our first session free of charge, providing you with the opportunity to explore whether my counselling approach is for you.
If you are currently troubled by anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, a feeling of being ‘not quite right’ or experiencing stress at work or with partners or family members, counselling can help. Often just having someone with whom to share these day-to-day issues can make all the difference. Learning new communication skills, understanding yourself and others better; taking some time to focus on your self, your own development and growth – get in touch today, and let’s start working together to make that difference! I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
- DiplomaHE in Counselling and Psychotherapy, UHI Highland
- Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, University West of Scotland
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of Scotland’s professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA).
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), NHS Highland, Inverness
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for 1hour, £60 for 90mins
Initial enquiries are at no cost and I am happy to talk through how I work and answer any other questions so that you can decide whether I would be the right counsellor for you.