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Based at a practice in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, Sharon Hinsull is an experienced therapist, teacher and mental health trainer who, in addition to working with clients face to face, has provided online emotional support to people all over the world. Her practice, whilst firmly rooted in the humanistic tradition, also draws from a wider variety of therapeutic approaches which can be readily tailored to meet individual needs.
Therapy can be arranged on either a short or long-term basis according to the individual's wishes and identified needs, and there is never any obligation to sign-up for more than one session at a time.
Seeking out the services of a suitably qualified and professionally competent therapist can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, so Sharon is always happy to have an informal chat with anyone who would like to know more about the kind of support she is able to offer before deciding whether or not to commit to an initial face to face appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying as a therapist in the late '90s Sharon has spent the past twenty years working in private practice, as well as teaching counselling and other health-related subjects within further and higher education. As an experienced and qualified teacher of adults, Sharon regularly writes and delivers workshops and courses on a wide range of mental health and personal development topics, as well as running a programme of continuing professional development for fellow practitioners.
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Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (ABC), Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB), Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning (RSA), Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Birmingham Centre for CBT), Cert.Ed (University of Wolverhampton).
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Sharon fully abides by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice and engages in regular and ongoing training, supervision and professional development.
As a practising writing therapist and workshop facilitator, Sharon is a member of Lapidus, the national organisation devoted to the promotion of writing and creativity for personal development.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
£50 per face-to-face session, £40 per remote session (telephone or Zoom)
Free initial 15-minute consultation available via telephone or Zoom.
When I work
Mon to Fri (variable)
Sharon actively supported survivors of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks of 2001 and her interest in the area of trauma counselling has regularly involved her serving as an advisor and consultant to both the local and national media.
As an enthusiastic proponent of writing therapy Sharon regularly facilitates both groups and individuals in the use of expressive writing for personal reflection and development.
For more information about Sharon's professional background and experience please see her profile on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com