Sharon Breen

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Advanced Diploma Counselling, BSc Psychology, MBACP (accred)
Available for new clients
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London, N6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi and a warm welcome to my counselling page.

Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or self-critical, bullying thoughts? If so, I may be able to help. I offer ways to manage your emotions, understand your triggers and learn practical ideas to support your mental health and well being in between counselling sessions.

Many people reach out to me after struggling alone for too long and realising that their mental health is impacting their lives. Your relationships with family and friends may also be difficult and exhausting. If you'd like to explore and try to improve this I may be able to help.

For those who have experienced difficult, stressful experiences, please note I am also a trained and experienced trauma (EMDR) therapist. 

Therapy with me will give you practical strategies to help you cope better, alongside deeper exploration of unhelpful behavioural patterns which keep repeating to support longer term improvements in your mental health and well being.

If this sounds like you, why not get in touch and let's get started on your journey to wellness.

What will counselling with me be like?

I offer a relaxed and friendly style, starting with a free, 15-minute, no-obligation conversation to learn how I might best help you. If I don't think I can help, I will let you know that too.

When we work together, I use therapeutic approaches tailored to you, listening to your feedback to see what is helping (and what isn't!). And I have lots of experience helping people with poor prior experience of therapy.

Having been there myself, I know it can take courage to contact a counsellor. You may feel worried that you will be judged or wonder if your situation is 'serious' enough to warrant counselling. I listen carefully to understand how we can best support you.

I work with adults and young people over the age of 13, online across the UK or face-to-face, in person, appointments in a comfortable counselling environment in north London. 

I have helped hundreds of people struggling with anxiety, low mood, bereavement or just not feeling good about themselves, to thrive.

My experience and skills

  • My offer includes sharing healthy coping strategies to help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma, when needed.
  • I have worked as an Anxiety UK-approved therapist, at Mind and Cambridge University.  I also set up and ran a counselling service in a girls secondary school for 7 years. 
  • I have a postgraduate qualification in working with young people and am also fully qualified in the NHS-approved EMDR trauma therapy.
  • I am also approved to see clients through Nuffield Health, Axa EAP and Aviva insurance. If you have a policy with one of these companies, please contact them directly and ask to work with me. 
  • ​If you would like a free, no-obligation initial conversation about how I might be able to help you, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

 You've already made the first move by coming here. Why not call me today?

Choosing a counsellor is a very personal decision. You need to feel at ease with the person you are going to see. Here are some of the things my clients have said about having counselling with me:

"Sharon is a very warm, genuine and caring counsellor. She came across as very empathetic and understanding, yet would also challenge me when needed. Sharon helped me deal with my inner demons, fears, anxieties and low self-esteem." EW, Client

"I saw Sharon for depression and anxiety. I was nervous and not really sure what to expect. I was there seeking help for a problem that had been part of my life for over 20 years. However, Sharon's friendly and calm approach soon made me feel I was in safe hands." - ND, Client

"I have grown as a person since having counselling with Sharon and for that I am very grateful. I have recommended a friend to contact Sharon, since our sessions have finished, as I hold her in very high regard." EC, Client

"Starting counselling was the start of a real turning point in my life. Sharon provided a safe, comfortable environment. She was non-judgemental and gave me the space to explore my feelings." KS, Client

"Counselling with Sharon made a real positive difference to my Life and set me on the right path. I would just like to say many thanks for your help." MT, Client

"Attending counselling can be a little scary but Sharon put me at ease straightaway. It wasn't always easy but it was so worthwhile. I feel I have more control over my life."
MC, Client

If you would like to talk to me about the help you are looking for please give me a call on 07852 464345 or send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced diploma in humanistic integrative counselling (a professional qualification accredited by the BACP)
  • Diploma in humanistic integrative counselling
  • Certificate in humanistic integrative counselling
  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Working with Children, Young People and Families from the Tavistock Centre
  • EMDR (a specialist therapy for trauma) qualification (parts 1, 2 and 3) 
  • BSc degree in psychology.
  • I am an accredited member of the BACP and a certified Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Coach.

The courses I have completed include:

  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Online counselling
  • Working with eating disorders
  • EMDR (a specialist treatment approved by the NHS for trauma)
  • Mindfulness
  • Working with shame.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Friendship

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Fees

£75.00 - £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

Fees are £75 per session or £90 for EMDR which involves a slightly longer session. I also have three reduced-fee spaces available at any one time, priced at £45, for clients on low incomes, unemployed people and counselling students. These are currently full

Sessions are 50 minutes long.

When I work

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Limited daytime spaces currently available. Please call me for more information.

Further information

Often the most difficult part of choosing a counsellor is making that first contact. To help you make that choice I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

To talk in confidence, please call me on 07852 464345 or click here to send me an email.

Highgate, London, N6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

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Sharon Breen
Sharon Breen