Sharon Spencer Dip. Couns. MBACP Registered
Do you find yourself faced with a difficult situation that leaves you wondering how you will get through? Are you troubled by unpleasant or painful memories of the past? If you are finding it difficult to share your feelings and struggles with those around you you may feel that you would benefit from speaking to someone outside of your everyday life.
My name is Sharon and I have been a counsellor for 9 years. I believe people want to be listened to by an empathic and non-judgemental counsellor who can offer a safe place for them to speak freely.
Counselling is a two way relationship about honesty and integrity. A counsellors role is not to tell the client what to do in their circumstance but to help the client find a way through their problem, helping them to find ways of coping through the issue they are faced with.
My Therapeutic Approach:
My approach is largely person-centred allowing the client to control the direction of their session. The client can explore thoughts and feelings and gain greater self-awareness and emotional release. This therapeutic approach is helpful for clients who maybe cannot change their circumstances, they may be experiencing huge loss and to share the pain of their loss with a counsellor who will enter their painful place with them can be very therapeutic.
I also use a psychodynamic approach which means the client can explore how difficult past experiences may still be affecting them today, shaping their 'here and now' and the way that they think and feel about themselves and their future. Sometimes it is beneficial for the client to try and unlock the mystery around why they behave and feel as they do, making links to the past and empowering to make positive change.
Using a cognitive therapeutic technique negative thoughts and beliefs can be challenged and replaced with healthier alternatives which can help the client think and feel more positively about themselves and their future. This technique can work well for anxiety and low self-esteem.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working with adults as individuals, couples, and secondary school aged young people.
Before I trained as a counsellor I was a teaching assistant and I gained lots of experience emotionally supporting secondary school aged young people in the school setting. As well as working for several counselling agencies I have also worked as a counsellor in schools and I have worked with families in family centres.
I also have extensive experience in pastoral care within the church setting.
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
As part of my Continuing Professional Development I take courses and study regularly to build on my knowledge base of counselling theory, techniques, and issues that clients seek counselling for.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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from £40 per 1 hour session.
Concessions for students and those on low incomes.
I work at home, parking is available, Bexleyheath town centre is a short walk away and is well serviced by many bus routes.
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client