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

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


028 9260 2863 / 07578 724829

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028 9260 2863 / 07578 724829

About me

Thank you for reading my profile which I hope will provide you information on my experience and way of working.

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

I am a registered and accredited BACP Counsellor and Systemic Practitioner (Family Counselling) with over 10 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 with couples and families as well as individual counselling. I am currently undertaking 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 work primarily from an Integrative Counselling approach which means I combine a range of theories and skills to best suit client's needs and issues. This is explored through an assessment meeting which will find out about what difficulties you have been experiencing, your goals or aims for counselling and how you would like to work in the therapeutic setting. I have skills and training in a number of recognised areas of counselling including CBT techniques, creative techniques, Somatic-based techniques, mindfulness and Systemic practice approaches. I can explain about these in greater detail at the assessment. 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
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-worth
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Stress - academic, workplace, personal
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Substance misuse/Harm reduction
  • Trauma

I have a deep passion for counselling and humanitarian issues. 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:
Currently undertaking a degree in Psychological Trauma Studies
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:

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


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Systemic Practice
Young People & Children


£45 per session including initial assessment appointment.

Negotiable for Student counsellors and those on low income.

Further information

Please visit my website
or email me -
or visit me on Facebook - Sharon Ramsden Counselling

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

Maps & Directions

Lisburn, BT28

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme