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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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I charge £20.00 for our first initial assessment, this will give us an opportunity to meet, to ensure we are able to work together, and discuss your personal individual aims you hope to gain from the counselling process. This will generally be a 40 minute session.
I charge £35.00 per 50 minute 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
Home visits can be arranged, this will incur a travel cost at 40p per mile. Contact me to find out more details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 10 am until 8pm. Saturdays 10 am until 2 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|