Sharon Mason Adv.Dip.Hum.Couns Registered MBACP
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am an experienced Counsellor practising in Ashford, Kent. I am registered with the BACP, and adhere to the ethical framework code of practice. I work at Ashford Counselling service, and from home in my private practice, Tree View Counselling, which is now an established local counselling practice, offering confidential support to a wide variety of clientele.
I strongly believe a trusting working relationship is one of the key aspects in the counselling alliance. I am able to offer you a safe, confidential, comfortable space in which to explore your personal needs. I value each human being, and respect individual uniqueness.
People come to counselling for a wide variety of different reasons. Some people will have specific issues which may have become challenging, thought provoking and or unmanageable, difficult times can have a negative affect and impact on our relationships, workplace, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Self care is fundamental in maintaining a balance and well being in life. I am aware that it can take considerable courage to make decision to attend counselling, and taking that first step forward into the counselling process, I am empathic and my aim is to ensure you feel at ease from the very first point of contact.
At times people can feel stuck in their lives or generally dissatisfied with life, in need of that extra support which our family and or friends are unable to offer, it may also be the case that you simply feel unable to talk to them for whatever reason. Counselling can offer you that extra one to one support which may be currently missing from your life. A time for you to be heard.
Counselling is a talking therapy which gives you the space and opportunity to talk through your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with out feelings of judgement.
I aim to inform your awareness of your inner resources and abilities for personal development, growth and empowerment in your life.
Counselling sessions usually takes place on a weekly basis, with each session lasting for 50 minutes. This will be your space and time, a time for us to focus on and explore your personal needs, at a pace that you feel comfortable to work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and experience:
I began my career as a hairstylist and later became a Salon owner before embarking on a career in the Education sector as a College Lecturer / Assessor / Internal Verifier and Examination Invigilator. I have many years of experience working with people from different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds with varying ages from 14-93. I am police checked to work with young people, and hold a current DBS Enhanced certificate.
I am also an experienced specialist mentor, working with and supporting young people with mental health challenges, behavioural issues, and addictions. I have a particular interest and experience working with clients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic illness, such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and ME and invite you to contact me to discuss to your personal needs.
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Level 4
ABC level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
TA 101 Certificate introductory in Transactional Analysis
7407 Fento Standards Level 4 Teaching Certificate
OCR Level 4 Conducting Internal Quality Assurance
Workshops and continuous professional development:
Emotions and anatomy
Self care - Self awareness
Working with young people
Mental health awareness
Attachment, Attachment and Disorder, Trauma and recovery workshop
Mindfulness awareness workshop
Addiction in the counselling room
Using the Thinking Environment to improve communication and promote independent thinking
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
I charge £30.00 for an initial assessment of your personal needs. The initial assessment is a great opportunity to meet and ensure we feel comfortable to work together, during the initial assessment we can discuss your aims or goals you hope to gain from the counselling process. This will generally be a 45 minute session.
I charge £40.00 per 50 minute counselling session.
I am able to offer you short term counselling and long term counselling.
I believe that everyone should have access to counselling and therefore I am able to offer some counselling sessions at a negotiated reduced fee for those on a low income. (Please be aware that these places may be limited and subject to change if your financial circumstances change).
Free Parking in bays
Concessions offered for
Home visits can be arranged, this will incur a travel cost at 45p per mile. Contact me to find out more details.