Sharon Convisser, MBACP; Dip Couns
I am a qualified counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist with many years experience of working with adults of all ages, helping them improve relationships, manage emotional difficulties, and work towards positive change in their lives. For 28 years, I worked within major organisations in the area of counselling and behavioural change, problem solving and crisis management before establishing a private practice. My training and experience enables me to offer a range of interventions within therapy to help with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobias, anger, complex trauma, PTSD, relationship and family difficulties. Please see the list below for a full summary of the issues that I can assist with.
Most of us experience emotional challenges in our lives that can impact on our work, relationships and our well-being and it is not unusual to seek counselling as a method of working through our problems. You may be going through a difficult period in your life or have an issue that you have been struggling with for a while. You may be in the middle of a current crisis which is causing you a lot of stress, or struggling to manage distressing thoughts and feelings. Whatever the issue, I provide a safe, confidential and comfortable environment so that you can work through any difficulties and achieve a greater peace of mind.
I have the fundamental belief that people are experts in their own lives, but that sometimes when we are in crisis or when problems are overwhelming, it can be difficult to see a way forward. I see the aim of counselling as a means whereby people can be helped to reconnect with their inner resources and achieve the changes they wish. We can work together so that you can have a clearer view of your choices and make sense of what is worrying you.
How my sessions work and what to expect:
It is often difficult to take the first step to seek counselling and it is important that once you do, you feel at ease with the counsellor. The first appointment is therefore a helpful opportunity for us to meet and for you to decide whether you will feel comfortable with the counselling process. I offer this appointment at a reduced cost and there is no obligation to you continuing sessions afterwards. The first appointment allows us, most importantly, to have time to talk about the issues you would like help with. We can discuss any queries you may have about counselling and whether the approach I offer may be helpful for you.
If you decide to continue counselling with me, each session lasts 50 minutes and the number of sessions can be open ended or short term. We can discuss what may be most helpful for you when we meet. I will listen carefully to what has brought you to counselling and what you want to gain from the experience. I will not judge you nor direct you towards anything, as the space is for you to explore your thoughts and experiences.
My counselling work is underpinned by the psychodynamic approach, which is based on the view that our feelings, thoughts and behaviour are influenced by past experiences and relationships. Through working with you in counselling, our aim together would be to help understand how these experiences may be affecting your present day life and relationships. During this process, you will be able to see your options more clearly and have the opportunity and confidence to make changes if you want to. My skills and my experience enable me to utilise different techniques and tailor them to your individual need depending on what may be most helpful to you.
Please have a look at my full website for more information about how I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Clinical Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- Certificate & Diploma in Social Work
Additional Specialist Training has included:
- Forensic Casework
- Lifespan Integration Therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3: This is an effective body-mind therapy which gently helps overcome trauma, anxiety, and depression. Please see http://www.lifespanintegration.co.uk/ for further information.
- Suicide and self-harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Substance Misuse
- Eating Disorders
- Solution Focussed Therapy
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Initial assessment meeting of 50 minutes is offered at the reduced rate of £30
The fee for subsequent counselling sessions of 50 mins is £50
Sessions are available Mondays to Thursdays, 8am to 7pm.
Please feel free to telephone or e-mail me confidentially via the above number or link and we can discuss how best to take things forward.
I am ideally situated for access from Woking, Guildford and surrounding areas. Counselling sessions take place in my private consulting room in Knaphill, which is a relaxed and comfortable environment.
There is street parking available. There are also bus routes close by, and the address is approximately 20 minutes walk from Brookwood Train Station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are available Mondays-Thursdays 8am-7pm.
Types of client