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Sharon McHugh Dip.Couns PCBT MBACP

Billericay CM11 & CM12
07484 386985 07484 386985

About me

Hello my name is Sharon and welcome to my profile.

Counselling Style

Our sessions will always be led by you, this will be your space to bring anything that you wish to the session. My aim is to best support you in any way I can which includes providing you with a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings, whilst offering an environment that is non judgemental, where you can talk openly and freely with no influences and no pressure.

During our sessions, I will ask you questions so we can explore what is going on for you, giving me the opportunity of understanding your life through your eyes.

My approach is open and empathetic, and is influenced by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

First session

Our first session will be for us to get to know each other and to gain an understanding of what is going on for you. It is for you to talk about how you are feeling and what you would like to get our of our time together.   We can discuss how to make the best use of our time and put together a plan and agreement of how we can do our best work.

Types of counselling

I provide face to face counselling in Billericay and Hutton.
I also offer online and telephone counselling.
I offer a free 15 minute online or telephone assessment.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and training

  • CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2
  • CPCAB Counselling Studies Level 3
  • CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • CBT Training (British Psychological Society) (Beck Institute)
  • DBT Training
  • UKTA TA 101 Certificate
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children Certificate
  • Bereavement Training Certificate
  • The Narcarcissit In The Room Certificate
  • Working With Addictions Certificate
  • Rewind Technique for PTSD


I have worked in both my private practice and external agencies, as a counsellor for a number of years, working with people who are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Self-esteem issues, Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Abuse and many other issues that cause personal problems for people on a daily basis.
At present, alongside my private practice I am working in a Private Rehabilitation with people who have substance abuse issues, in both 1:1 counselling and also in a group setting. This part of my work has allowed me huge insight into how addiction is different for each person, but it has also allowed me to see how depression and anxiety plays a huge part in the life of a person with an addiction and their families.

I have been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people on my counselling journey all of whom has taught me something in one way or another. I update my training constantly which includes not only in depth and updated training, but also training on new and different counselling techniques. This allows me to be my best for each individual client, regardless of the issues they are facing.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Face to Face Counselling in Billericay or Hutton £50.

Online Counselling via Skype or Facetime £50.


I offer a reduced rate for students who are studying counselling.

A discount can be discussed for those who are in financial difficulty.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss this.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I understand how hard it can be to choose a counsellor, and unless you know specificially what the problem is, how difficult it may seem to be able to explain what is going on for you.

I would just like to reassure you that its normal to feel uncertain about what will happen in the counselling session.   Any counselling session we may have will always be be at your own pace.  It will be a space for us to explore your thoughts and feelings and to understand where these may be coming from, what they mean to you and for us to make sense of them together.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Cara's Cabin
11 Outwood Farm Close
CM11 2ND


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am available for face to face session, online and telephone. Please contact me for availability. I aim to get back to you within 24 hours.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sharon McHugh Dip.Couns  PCBT MBACP

Sharon McHugh Dip.Couns PCBT MBACP