Sharon Cunliffe, BSc, MSc, MBACP, FDAP
Therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this current COVID-19 pandemic, we are all living in surreal times. Whether you are struggling to adjust to living in isolation, or experiencing extreme levels of anxiety or low mood, talking to an impartial therapist can help you to cope. I offer both online and telephone therapy sessions. Please contact me today for more information or if you have any concerns or questions.
I am a professional psychotherapist and counsellor working from comfortable and discreet therapy rooms in Haywards Heath and Brighton. I offer counselling to adults, adolescents and groups. Whether you are looking for short-term or long-term therapy, it is fundamental to me that my therapy rooms provide a safe space for my clients to explore their deepest thoughts, feelings and their inner world.
My therapeutic approach
As an integrative psychotherapist, I have a solid foundation in a broad range of therapeutic methods and therefore, tailor my sessions to the specific requirements of each unique client. I provide a warm and confidential approach and work collaboratively with my clients to build up a safe place of trust. I won’t judge you or tell you what to do, but support you to work through your challenges and develop new ways of coping, enabling you to make positive, long-term changes.
Is therapy right for you?
There are no right or wrong reasons to come to therapy, people come for a myriad of reasons, from all areas of life. Talking to an impartial therapist can help you to look at your problems from a new perspective, enabling you to attain a clearer understanding of yourself and a greater self-awareness. Having someone truly listen to you when you feel overwhelmed, confused or sad, can help you to feel heard, valued and reconnected.
I have extensive experience and training in the addiction field, having worked with both substance misuse and behavioural addictions. I also have experience in issues such as anger management, anxiety, confidence/self-esteem issues, abuse, attachment issues and dysfunctional or suppressed feelings.
Although no amount of therapy can ever undo the past, it can help you to work through it and move on from it, so that it doesn’t hold you back from enjoying the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
- First class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology with The Open University
- MSc degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University, where I was awarded the Esmond Robinson scholarship to study
In order to further understand this complex field and as part of my clinical training, I volunteered as a Samaritan for four years. This provided me with the opportunity to help clients with a variety of different emotional, behavioural and mental health issues spanning cultures, ages and backgrounds.
I also volunteered for almost two years at a private rehabilitation clinic for substance misuse in London. Which gave me extensive experience in individual and group therapy sessions, in addition to the development and facilitation of biopsychosocial group workshops and presentations, client assessments and treatment planning.
Counselling Association Member
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the Federation of Drugs and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP), I am required to continue my professional development on a regular, ongoing basis. This involves maintaining, improving and broadening my competence, knowledge and skills, by attending regular courses, conferences, workshops, reading academic books, journals and articles or completing e-learning modules. I am also required by the BACP and the FDAP to engage in regular supervision equating to at least one and a half hours per month with an experienced supervisor in the field. Supervision is a form of professional mentoring for all practitioners to ensure standards, quality, advanced learning and sustainability is being undertaken.
How soon can I see you?
If I have a therapy slot available, we could meet as early as the following day and usually within one to two weeks. Contact me today to check my availability.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
All sessions are for 50 minutes.
Face to Face, Skype, WhatsApp Video call or Telephone Sessions available
Group therapy sessions are available on request, please contact me for details.
Please pay by: Bank transfer via BACS (or PayPal) prior to the appointment, or by cash at the start of the session.