Sometimes life feels overwhelming and we are presented with a number of challenges, when we don't know which way to turn. This is when counselling can help.
Hello my name is Sharon and I am a highly experienced and caring counsellor and psychotherapist offering sessions to adults, young people and couples.
I aim to offer a warm, confidential non-judgemental and safe space where together we can explore those challenges you are facing. We cannot change everything, things that have happened in the past, illness or impending loss. However, it is my aim to offer you the support and reflection to help you cope and explore issues from a different prospective.
I believe therapy includes developing a deeper understanding of ourselves in the context of past and present experiences, environment and choices. Whilst we all have innate ability to heal and that counselling can help to remove obstacles in our path - helping us to shift from a life where we simple survive, to one which we develop an intention to thrive, despite life's difficulties.
As a practitioner I work within a psychodynamic framework integrating concepts from other modalities, such as humanistic and CBT, which allows the flexibility in being able to, respond sensitivity to each client's unique experiences.
I am able to help with a wide range of issues, such as, complex PTSD, sexual and emotional abuse, domestic violence, boarding school syndrome, anger depression, personality disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, bereavement, difficult family dynamics, sexuality and gender issues, self esteem and confidence, work related stress, disabilities and many more.
Previous to counselling I worked for over twenty years in education and social work with family dynamics, children and diversity, where I believe I have gained some insightful knowledge which enhances the work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my private practice I am a Clinical Supervisor at a counselling training agency and an entity working with young people and in private practice. Whilst additional employment is still in the community with children and families. My previous career background for over twenty five years, has been working with children and families in Social work and education.
ONC London Level 6 Course in Counselling Supervision (2020), BA (Honours) Degree (2013) in Integrative Counselling from the University of Greenwich and a Higher Education Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Surrey (2009-2012). Prior to that a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics (2009) and a Certificate in Counselling and Humanistic Therapy. Earlier areas of study include BTEC in Special Educational Needs and a NVQ in Childcare.
As a professional I am dedicated to continued professional development to enhance my knowledge and experience to be able to offer the best to clients. Therefore I frequently attend additional training courses:- Certificated courses attended are Working with Autism in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, Attachment & Relational Neuroscience, Boarding School Syndrome, DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honor Based Violence) Masterclasses, Counselling Supervision Course, Reflective Practice Counselling Supervision, Couples Counselling, Working with the Couple in mind. Working with Dissociative Disorders, Complex trauma, Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mindfulness, Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse - including coercive control and physical and sexual violence, Sex and Intimacy, Working with Personality Disorders, Pornography and Addiction, CBT, Rooting Down to Reach Up Therapeutic Approach with Young People, Working with the Chronically Depressed, Mentalisation based therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and several more.
I hold an up to date Enhanced DBS.
I hold an Enhanced DBS, have experience of Life story work and working with children.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
As counselling is such a deep personal experience, it is very important that the choice of counsellor is right for you as an individual or as a couple. I therefore offer an initial first session of 50 minutes for £45 for individuals and 1 hour for couples for £65.
Following sessions charged at £55 per 50 minute session, with some concessions available, offered on a sliding scale, based on individual circumstances.
£75 for couples 1 hour 15mins
Brief and long-term therapy are available. At our initial consultation we will discuss together how therapy may work for you.
As a qualified supervisor I offer supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors. At a rate of £45 per hour
Counselling sessions available during weekdays and evenings.
My practice is set in the beautiful location of Brockham and easily accessible from A25 and A24 and central to the area's of Dorking, Reigate, Redhill, Newdigate, Leigh, Beare Green, Capel, Headley, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, Kingswood, Burgh Heath, Leatherhead, Epsom, & Ashtead.
By car RH3 7LX plenty of free parking available
By Train nearest station Betchworth (1 mile)
By Bus Route 32