Hi my name is Sharon, welcome to my website. I am a experienced, B.A.C.P. registered, Psychodynamic Counsellor and dedicated to helping people improve and make a difference in their lives.
I understand that taking the first steps of contacting a counsellor can be daunting but by doing so you are taking the first steps in changing and taking charge of your life.
Please have a look through my website and see if counselling could help you take the first steps in the right direction.
I hope it will be able to answer any questions you have about counselling and my practice.
However if you still have any unanswered questions please contact me via the contact form, by email or telephone where we can discuss any concerns you may have.
I Qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor at the University of Surrey, and have been working in the local community for several years with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I am committed to ongoing professional development, adhere to BACP ethical guidelines and regularly complete further professional training.
I offer confidential long and short-term, one to one counselling and psychotherapy in a range of days and times to accommodate busy lives. I am experienced in working with Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Panic disorder, Anxiety disorder, Low self esteem, Relationship issues, Bereavement, Post- natal depression, Loss, Separation, Divorce, Adoption, Addiction, Self-harm, Sexual abuse, Work related stress, O.C.D, and anger issues
Although I mainly work from a Psychodynamic perspective, I believe that we all have our own unique life experiences and difficulties as we enter therapy. With this in mind, I work using a range of models so that sessions are tailored to support you, with the difficulties you are currently experiencing, enabling you to find a way to move forward.
My aim is to provide you with the opportunity and support to understand yourself more clearly, and to find ways of dealing with the difficulties you are currently facing in a confidential, safe, non-judgmental environment. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at any point in our lives. Counselling can offer you a place where you can be understood and heard, safe in the knowledge that your thoughts and feelings will be treated with dignity and respect.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Counselling can provide you with the support to explore and process these events
It is a commonly thought that if you are having counselling you must be experiencing a crisis,and although this is sometimes the case, people often embark upon this pathway because they want to make changes in their life or understand themselves better.
Taking the first step, looking for a counsellor, and making the initial contact is difficult, but by thinking
about starting counselling you are making an important life decision to change the way you are feeling, thinking or behaving.
Sometimes we can not explain or understand why we are behaving in a certain way and these confusing feelings can make us feel isolated and unable to talk to those closest to us. Therapy offers a sensitive, confidential, non judgmental, safe space where you can be supported whilst you explore any difficulties you may be experiencing.
Psychodynamic therapy embraces the work of all analytical therapies. As we go through life, our experiences, and our feelings around them, shape the way we think, feel or behave. As we mature, these remain mainly unconscious, but often influence the way we behave today, in our life, work, and relationships. Our past affects our future and counselling can help us understand ourselves and the situations we are in better. Gaining some insight can be empowering, increase self esteem and give us the confidence needed to make the changes which can influence the direction and choices we make for our future.
Counselling provides an opportunity to meet each week and explore how you are feeling and the difficulties you are currently experiencing. It is important that you find the right therapist, one that you are comfortable with, feel supported by and that understands how you are feeling. With this in mind, I offer a reduced cost initial appointment to provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other, answer any questions you may have and see if counselling is right for you at this time.
How much does each session cost?
The initial appointment is £30.00. If you decide to start ongoing counselling, each session is £40.00, weekends £45.00. A limited number of sessions may be available at a concessional rate for those who feel that they may benefit from counselling, but for whom such fee levels would be genuinely beyond their means.
How long is each session?
Each session is for 50 minutes. It is important you arrive on time and attend each session to ensure you gain the most from counselling and that you make steady progress towards your goals.
How long will it take?
I offer open-ended counselling so there are no restrictions on the amount of sessions you have. Counselling can continue for as long as you feel you need to, you decide, but the time counselling takes depends on the difficulties you are experiencing and the therapeutic goals that you want to achieve. Short-term/problem focused counselling is available. The length of which can be discussed at your initial appointment.
Are my sessions Confidential?
Everything discussed with your counsellor is strictly confidential. There are some exceptions required by law, such as harm to yourself or others. These will be discussed at your initial appointment to make sure you are aware of these and are happy to continue.
You can contact me to arrange an appointment
or with questions you may have via the above message form or by
Mon-Fri: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 10.00 am - 4:00 pm