My name is Sharon Loughlin and I am an integrative counsellor offering individual counselling from my home in Ellesmere Port or from my counselling rooms in Chester. I am therefore easily accessible for clients living or working in Great Sutton, Little Sutton, Whitby, Wirral, Liverpool, Chester and North Wales.
I have worked in the health service for many years and chose to retrain as a counsellor after realising that people valued my ability to listen in a caring and non-judgemental way. This, combined with my own personal experiences in life led me to understand just how empowering counselling can be. I believe that mental and physical health are interlinked and that one can affect the other. To me looking after our mental health is as important as looking after ourselves physically.
My counselling practice is underpinned by a person-centred approach however I am trained in psychodynamic theory and cognitive behavioural therapy and use a combination of all three approaches to suit each client’s individual needs.
I have been described as a warm and approachable counsellor, putting clients at ease. I have worked with a variety of clients experiencing a number of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties and stress. I offer both short term and long term therapy.
I appreciate how difficult it can be to take that first step and ask for help and I recognise this as a sign of strength. Counselling offers you a safe, confidential space where we can explore your concerns and any issues that are troubling you or causing you distress. It is a collaborative effort between you and me where I will help you to develop strategies to overcome any challenges you are currently facing.
Counselling can help you to identify the cause of emotional turmoil and can help you identify goals and potential solutions. Counselling can promote change, increase self esteem and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can help change long held beliefs, encourage self acceptance and improve relationships.
What can counselling help with?
Common issues that people seek help for include loss, grief, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse or lack of self esteem and self confidence. However I understand that no two people are affected in the same way and I am flexible in my approach as what works for one person may not work for another. We are all individual and unique.
What happens at the first session?
I offer an initial, introductory consultation which gives you the opportunity to meet me and to establish whether you feel comfortable working with me. If you decide to go ahead we will agree a contract to work together. Counselling normally takes place once a week and I can offer appointments during the daytime or evening.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Volunteer Counsellor at Wirral Mind
Volunteer Counsellor at Wirral Age UK
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
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Each session is charged at £40.00 for 50 minutes, payable in advance by cash or bank transfer.
The initial consultation is offered for a reduced fee of £20.00.
I also offer concessionary rates for students and people on low incomes, subject to availability. Please ask for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|