Sharron Drain-Lowe MA Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling, Dip Clin Supervision
Many of us go through times in our lives when things feel difficult and we often find ways to cope, but some experiences can feel too overwhelming, or too painful, or we just feel lost and don’t know what to do. It can be helpful to talk to someone who can explore your feelings with you, to help you to understand, make sense of them and find a way to move forward in your life.
I have been working for over 11 years, in the NHS and in private practice, with adults and young people who experience difficult emotions associated with depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, amongst other issues such as low self-esteem and self-worth. If this distress does not resolve, it can impact on your relationships, lead to health problems, your capacity to work and interfere with everyday living. I can offer you compassion, empathy and acceptance in a confidential and safe space, where we can work together for as long as it is helpful, to enable you to come to some understanding about what you are feeling and find a way for you to move forward in your life.
My background working in health and education supports my counselling practice and I offer both short and long term counselling, adhering to the BACP Ethical Framework. The counselling relationship can be a place to build your resilience and your sense of self-worth. I can’t promise to solve your problems, but I can help you to explore your problems and find your own ways to work through, accept and live with what is causing you your current distress, to feel relief from your troubling issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
State Registered Nurse 1981
BSc Psychology (Hons) 1984
MA in Education 2002
Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2010
MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2011
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2019
Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships 2019
I have worked within the NHS for over 11 years where I offer IAPT Counselling for Depression and in my private practice I practice with adults and young people who experience bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and health problems. I work with clients from any and all backgrounds to offer an inclusive service to meet the needs of anyone seeking emotional support.
I continue to support students of counselling in a Further Education College where, for the past 26 years, part of my role was to offer pastoral care and support to young people .
My Nursing experience included working with patients and their families in intensive care and in an oncology unit, where I cared for patients with terminal illnesses. I also worked as a Nurse Practitioner delivering primary health care with General Practitioners for patients with physical and mental health needs.
The wide range of professional experiences, knowledge and skills which I have acquired enhances my ability to work with clients' diverse needs and to relate to the issues that they bring. I have regular supervision to support my work and use this, along with continuing training, to maintain and develop my counselling practice.
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
Individual face to face counselling: £45 per session.
Online and telephone counselling: £45 per session
Couples and Relationship Therapy : £70 per session