Sharon Bergin PGDip Psych. UKCP, MBACP - London EC2 and Southend-on-Sea
New Broad Street House
35 New Broad Street
Therapy Life Centre
11 Prittlewell Chase
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 therapist, 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 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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The cost of the session will depend on the time of day of your session, with evening and weekend appointments being premium times.
The cost of an initial consultation of 90 minutes is £90.
The cost of therapy sessions ranges from £60 to £100.
The cost of an initial consultation of 90 minutes duration is £75.
The cost of therapy sessions is £50.
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.
The Therapy Life Centre is a short walk away from Prittlewell train station and Southend Victoria station is approximately a 20 minute walk. The Therapy Life Centre has a car park which can be used by visitors to the centre.
Should you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact me;
Telephone: 07941 561616
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability in the afternoons and evenings, and on Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|