About me

About me

Welcome to my Counselling Directory page.  You may wish to know a little about me before deciding to make contact with me.

I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist offering counselling and psychotherapy in Central London and now in Southend-on-Sea.  I gained my psychotherapy qualification with WPF Therapy London.  I am an accredited and registered psychotherapist, which means my qualification is recognised by the professional accrediting organisations for psychotherapy and counselling.

My own career started within a corporate legal environment and so I have a good understanding of what it can be like to work in a highly pressurised environment.  From there, I worked in the voluntary sector working in both mental health and criminal justice agencies.  My more recent work has taken me into private practice and the public sector where I have assisted those who have committed crimes, and the members of staff working in those organisations.

The therapy

The type of therapy I offer is ‘psychodynamic’.  Psychodynamic therapy aims to assist people in making links between the past and the present, and offers the opportunity to begin to think about any recurring patterns that may have formed in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and how they may impact on you now, and in the future.

The reasons people decide to engage in therapy are wide and far reaching and it isn’t always because of one reason alone.  Some of the more common reasons individuals have approached me for therapy and counselling are;

  • Relationship issues, separation and divorce, work related issues, isolation and/or loneliness
  • Anxiety, addiction to illegal and legal substances, over-whelming feeling of panic, depression
  • Stress, phobias, family issues, feeling detached from others/not being able to feel
  • Being the victim or perpetrator of abuse

This list provides just a few of the reasons why you or someone you know may consider having therapy.  Anyone can engage in therapy at any time for any reason.

In the type of therapy I offer, a therapy session lasts for 50 minutes, and sessions usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week.  I offer long term therapy, sometimes referred to as open-ended therapy; and I also offer short term therapy consisting of 12 sessions.

Before commencing therapy, I always invite a client to attend for an initial consultation meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to begin to think and talk about some of the issues that have been affecting you. It also allows you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling and therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I realise how important it is to find the right person when choosing a therapist, therefore I offer you some information on my training, qualifications and experience.

I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, gained with WPF Therapy, London, which is a renowned training organisation, known for offering one of the most rigorous trainings for psychotherapists.

I am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).  I am also a full member of The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).

I have over twelve years of experience of working in the private, voluntary and public sectors in helping people bring about positive change.  This has involved facilitating groups using a cognitive behavioural model (usually referred to as CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy) and working with individuals using cognitive behavioural therapy, solution based therapy, and psychotherapy.  I have offered counselling and welfare advice to those in the workplace as well as worked as group facilitator in delivering advice on work and home life balance. I have worked in the charity sector in mental health and criminal justice agencies, and in public sector organisations, which have included law enforcement agencies, prisons and the probation service.  Some of the positions I have held have required me to hold Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance, which is one of the highest levels of security clearance.

I have undertaken many training courses throughout my career.  Here are a few of the more recent;

  • Risk assessment:  a relational perspective
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Personality Disorder
  • Club drugs and legal highs
  • Working with Autism
  • Alcohol assessment and intervention

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

In London:
The cost of an initial consultation of 90 minutes is £90.
The cost of therapy sessions ranges from £75 to £90.

In Southend-on-Sea:
The cost of an initial consultation of 90 minutes duration is £75.
The cost of therapy sessions is £50.


I currently have some availability in the evening, and on Friday mornings.

All therapy appointments are taking place virtually at this time

January 2021

Further information


My consulting room is located in the heart of the city.  The closest train and underground stations are Liverpool Street and Moorgate, with Bank, Fenchurch Street, and Old Street stations being a short walk away.

Public bicycle parking stands are available in New Broad Street.


Weston Chambers is a short walk away from Southend Central train station and Southend Victoria station is approximately a 10 minute walk.  Weston Chambers is located in central Southend and so car parking is readily available near by.

Should you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact me;

E-mail:  sharonberginneale@gmail.com
Telephone:  07941 561616

Salisbury House
29 Finsbury Circus

Block A
Weston Chambers
Weston Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
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.

Wheelchair accessible premises in London only