Sharon Parker Counsellor/Psychotherapist B.Sc. (Hons), Pg.Dip. Coun./Psyc, MBACP
Are you experiencing low mood, feeling anxious or unhappy with your life and struggling in silence?
Maybe you are reading this feeling you need more support to work through past difficulties, present challenges or are worried about aspects of your future.
Perhaps you are seeking support with improving your self-esteem, want to develop your ability to handle stress or feeling lost, have a desire to experience healthier relationships or develop greater self-awareness and self-reliance.
Folks like yourself come to therapy for lots of different reasons and many find talking through issues and/or events very helpful.
I use a therapeutic approach that puts you at the centre of your process of change. This Person-Centred Approach means that I work alongside you and use my therapeutic skills to help you to focus on the issues that really matter to you.
I encourage clients to explore difficulties that may be hindering them in their daily life, and this process of self-exploration can lead to a range of beneficial outcomes, such as an improvement in self-esteem, confidence and a greater degree of self-awareness and self-reliance.
I am committed to:
- Valuing and respecting you as the unique individual that you are
- Bringing compassion and sensitivity to each therapy session with you
- Creating a safe, comfortable and confidential space, free of any judgement, in which you can openly express yourself to acknowledge and explore emotional disturbances
- Supporting you to find your own solutions and learn to trust your own judgement, to live your life by your values, rather than by the values of others
While I cannot offer any guarantees (no therapist can) in terms of individual outcomes, I do pledge to work alongside you with patience and compassion, to support you towards realising the next chapter in your life.
I am an LGBTQI+ affirmative practitioner and I am currently a volunteer counsellor with the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. Wherever you place yourself on the gender and/or sexuality spectrum, you are most welcome!
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience and qualifications:
I have 20+ years of experience of working within social care environments, and my personal and professional experiences have provided me with invaluable opportunities to gain a deep appreciation of the value of feeling heard and experiencing validation, and the profound significance of this for positive mental health and wellbeing.
I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist having successfully completed the University of Salford BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Professional Training programme.
I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere fully to the BACP Ethical Framework (Membership No.: 385948).
I am also a registered member of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) (Reg.: ZA841786). I handle all client information with great care and due diligence and store all records, both in paper and electronic format, securely in strict accordance with GDPR requirements and ICO guidelines.
I have Enhanced Certification with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and I am fully insured as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist through the Psychologists Protection Society (PPS).
I am also a Certified Online and Telephone Counselling Practitioner.
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Fees and my availability:
My fees are £40 per remote session (telephone and/or Zoom) or £45 for face-to-face sessions, which will be available when it is safe to do so in the long-term.
Zoom is a secure audio/video platform which is free to download and easy to navigate. If you have any concerns around therapy via Zoom or telephone, please get in touch, I will do my best to answer any questions you may have
I have flexibility with regards to my availability although late afternoon/early evening sessions are limited at present - please get in touch for my current availability.
Free 20-minute pre-therapy contact:
I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute session (either via telephone or Zoom) to provide you with an opportunity to get a greater sense of my approach and to see if we are a good therapy ‘match’.
I offer this as approaching a therapist for the first time can be daunting and difficult for some. I fully appreciate that meeting someone new to talk about deeply personal thoughts and feelings can create anxiety.
During this initial, pre-therapy contact you will also be able to share your thoughts about what is bringing you to therapy and any outcomes you would like to achieve for yourself.
It is my intention that this session will offer you the information and transparency you need to make an informed choice before starting your therapy.
If you decide you would like to start therapy with me, we will arrange our first session and I will send you my Client/Counsellor Agreement and GDPR Statement/Privacy Notice which outlines what we can expect from each other. If you have any literacy/accessibility needs, we can work through this together.
Of course, if you decide I am not the right therapist for you I will completely respect your decision and help you in any way I can to support you in finding a more suitable therapist for your needs.
In these exceptionally challenging times, I will try to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs, so please ask.
**Call or email me now for a free 20-minute consultation!**