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About me

Need someone to talk to? You may be dealing with depression, anxiety, bereavement or just feeling sad. Whatever you are facing speaking to an experienced counsellor in a safe confidential setting may help. Please contact me to discuss further details.

Often taking the first step into counselling is the most daunting. Feedback from clients is they have felt counselling to be very positive experience and would recommend it to others. I hope some of the information below will be helpful to you in making your decision.

About Me

I offer Counselling, Personal Therapy & Clinical Supervision in a quiet and confidential setting in the Lisburn area.

I am a registered and accredited BACP Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Systemic Practitioner with 13 years post-qualifying experience in a wide range of areas of counselling. I have worked professionally with children, young people and adults in community, school and private settings.

I have experience of working across a range of ages and issues. I use an integrative approach which means I combine a range of theories and skills to best suit client's needs and the issues they bring.

About Counselling

We will explore this in an initial assessment meeting which will last about 50-60 minutes. From this meeting I will find out about the difficulties you have been experiencing, your goals or aims for counselling and how you would like to work in the therapeutic setting.

Using skills and training in a number of recognised areas of counselling including CBT techniques, creative techniques, Somatic-based techniques, mindfulness and Systemic practice approaches we will work together towards you chosen outcomes. After this it is your decision if you wish to proceed with counselling and for how many sessions. This will very much depend on what your objectives for counselling are. We will also agree meeting times and discuss a counselling agreement which is standard practice in Counselling and abides by the professional standards of the BACP ethical Framework.

Areas of work include;

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Bullying - workplace & school
  • Depression
  • Eating Issues
  • Exploring Sexual identity
  • Family Dynamics
  • Health Issues
  • Internet safety
  • PTS symptoms
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-worth
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual or Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Stress - academic, workplace, personal
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Substance misuse/Harm reduction
  • Trauma

What happens Next

  • If you would like more information check out my website www.ramsdencounselling.co.uk
  • Contact me through the counselling directory email or by phone on 07578 724829 (please leave name, short message and contact number)
  • We will agree a time to have a 10 minute phone conversation about what you are looking for and arrange an initial appointment
  • An initial assessment appointment to discuss main focus of work and ways of working (50-60minutes max.)
  • Agree on going counselling times (usually weekly but can discuss this) of 50 minutes per session. We will review and discuss on going work only a regular basis (usually every 4-6weeks) to decide to continue or if goals have been reached and finish.
  • EMDR treatment sessions may take up to 75 minutes.

Further information

I am a an accredited and registered member of the BACP

I have recently completed a degree in Psychological Trauma Studies which relates to much of my current work. I have been employed under the Dept of Education as a School's Counsellor in Post-Primary schools and I have worked for some of the leading counselling service providers in NI. I also have experience of managerial roles in working with the provision of Family Therapy and Youth Services. I have completed a Certificate in Professional Supervision and currently have availability for Supervisees.

I have a deep passion for counselling and human development. I believe everyone has the right to live their lives as fully as possible in a way that is true to him or her. I have extensive training which assists my approach to therapy but first and foremost counselling is about relationships, connecting with people and create trust to explore life as it is for the individual.

Training, qualifications & experience

Areas of Work:
One-to One Counselling
Adults, Youth and Children
Group work - Focusing, Mindfulness & Relaxation, Parenting UR Teen, Emotional Regulation, Self-esteem
Training - speaker at Northern Ireland Counselling Forum, Lecturing on Counselling Degree, specific training tailored to requirements

My Experience as a Counsellor:
I have worked in community based settings on a number of programs delivering one-to-one, family, couples and group work on a range of issues and themes. I have also extensive experience of working in post-primary schools and with young people who have been impacted by sexual abuse. I also have experience of working with suicide prevention and self-harm intervention. With all clients I work in collaboration to tailor my skills and experience to what you need. As an integrative counsellor I bring all my former training and experience to the counselling process to help clients in the best way possible. As a member of BACP counselling body I embrace the principles of respect, openness and a non-judgemental attitude which is reflected in my approach to my work and life.

My Qualifications:

2019 BSc Psychological Trauma Studies First Class Honours

2019 EMDR Practitioner Part 1-3

2018 EFT Master Practitioner

2018 CPCAB level 6 Clinical Supervision
2016 Certificate in Professional Supervision
2012 Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice/Family Therapy
2007 HE Diploma in Integrative Counselling
2003 Certificate in Counselling
1996 MSC Hotel & Tourism Management
1995 BA Hons History & Archaeology

Continuing Professional Development:

Online & Telephone Counselling Training

Designated Child Protection Officer

Mental Health First Aid
Assist Suicide Prevention
Focusing Level 1-4
CBRT Colour-breathing registered therapist
OCN Level 3 Drugs & Alcohol
NSPCC sexual abuse Training
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Systemic Practice
Young People & Children


Additional information

£45 per session (individuals).

£65 per EMDR treatment session.

Negotiable for Student counsellors and those on low income.


Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm Messages can be left and I will respond as soon as possible. In an emergency always ring 999 or Lifeline 0808 808 8000

Further information

Please visit my website www.ramsdencounselling.co.uk
or email me - sharonramsden@talktalk.net
or visit me on Facebook - Sharon Ramsden Counselling

Please contact me to arrange an initial telephone consultation to book an assessment appointment.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a CPCAB Level 5 Supervisor working from an Integrative framework.

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Sharon Ramsden, HE Dip Couns, PG Dip Sys Practice, BACP Accredited Member

Sharon Ramsden, HE Dip Couns, PG Dip Sys Practice, BACP Accredited Member