Sharon P Copland - Integrative Counsellor MBACP
Talking with a neutral person can give you the perhaps rare time and space to look at certain aspects of life that you are anxious about or may, for whatever reason, have become problematic. I believe that all individuals are unique, and therefore no one approach to counselling can fit everyone. As an Integrative Counsellor, I have developed a blend of approaches drawn from across psychological theories. At the heart of my practice is the belief that we are all looking for meaning in our lives.
As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work to their Ethical Framework. I am particularly drawn to their values of counselling that include “facilitating a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned within their personal and cultural context.” (BACP 2018) Everyone in some way is striving to find meaning to their lives and I consider it important for people to find their own truth. This may or may not come from an individual’s spiritual beliefs.
How I currently offer counselling sessions
Currently, due to the continuing lockdown restrictions, I am only offering online video conferencing via the securely encrypted platform of Zoom. Telephone sessions are also available on request.
I offer a non directive approach, in that it is about what you as the client wish to bring, rather that fitting into a particular approach. I may suggest certain things but do not give prescriptive advice.
If you would like to work with me, do contact by email, telephone call, or text to arrange a first appointment, at half my usual rate.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills UEA 2011-12
HE Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy 2012-14 Matrix College (Middlesex University)
After doing Moving Your Practice Online brief training in Spring 2020, I am currently training with Counselling Tutor on all types of online therapy, including email & text.
I have been counselling at a faith based charity in Norwich since my placement training in 2013, and continue to do so. I also counselled at Norwich Mind for a year during my training.
I have worked with clients with various issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, crises of faith, and spirituality.
As a result of the Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, I have completed training, through The Open University and Online Therapy Institute, to enable me to move counselling sessions onto an online platform (Zoom). I am continuing to offer only online counselling currently, due to the continuing safety issues of in person working. I am hopeful that face to face working will also be possible later in 2021
As part of my ongoing professional development, I regularly take part in Continuing Professional Development. Some examples of this include the following:
Working with Bereavement & Loss, BACP, 2020; Post Slavery Syndrome: Exploring the Clinical Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade June 2020; Attachment Training Feb 2020; Benefits of Working with Anger in Therapy 2019; Gestalt workshop 2016; Working with Shame June 2019; Couples Counselling 2016; Total Yoga Nidra Online Immersion course, September 2020.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Questioning/crises of faith; caring for elderly parents; making meaning
First appointment is half price (£20) for an hour. Future sessions at £40 an hour. Fees are payable via bank transfer only currently, and before the appointment takes place. Payment information will be given after initial booking.