Sharon May - MBACP
Sometimes what we are struggling with can become overwhelming. Asking for professional help is not a sign of weakness or failure, it is a show of strength, and the first step towards making the changes you need to, in order to get where you would like to be. See below or visit my website to learn more about how I work, and if you feel we could work together, please get in touch.
It can be a daunting step to take, but if you would like to know more, please contact me. We can have a brief chat and confirm a few practicalities, before arranging an initial session. At this we will discuss why you are seeking counselling, go through the paperwork, and most importantly see if I am someone you would like to work with. It is important that you feel comfortable with me for the process to be effective. There is no obligation to continue after this initial session unless you want to.
How I work
My work is underpinned by certain beliefs:
You are unique:
I believe that you are unique, as is the situation that brings you to counselling. My initial aim is to understand who you are, why you have come to see me, and what it is you would like to get from counselling.
Everybody has the potential to make changes.
Whilst we all have the ability to change, sometimes we think, believe or behave in a way which prevents us from realising that potential. You may feel stuck. You may feel like you are going round in circles. Together, we can identify these blockages and work on removing them so that you can move forward.
Our past informs us, but does not have to define us.
We are all a product of our past.Things may have happened in your life which have greatly affected you. Despite the fact we cannot go back and change past events, together we can explore their impact on you, and look at how you choose to take them forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Humanistic counsellor who combines Existential, Gestalt and Person Centred therapy. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice at all times, and have regular supervision to ensure the safety of my clients and the effectiveness of my work.
I began my Counselling training in 2010 and have been working as a counsellor since 2014
I began Kingsclere Counselling Service in 2016 to provide a space which is warm, welcoming, reassuring and safe; in which members of the local community can receive the highest standard of therapy based on robust knowledge, strong ethics, and professionalism.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Small Business pressures
Family businesss issues
Work life balance
Rural mental health
Farming mental health
Succession planning issues
Sessions are £50 and last for 50 minutes
Payment by Cash or Card, unfortunately I do not take Cheques