Counselling and Psychotherapy
Welcome. My name is Sharon Nicholson and I am a BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor in Weymouth, Dorset.
Professionally trained in London and the South West, I am in Private Practice and run clinics as a Senior Counsellor and Supervisor in the NHS where I have specialised in Counselling for Depression (CfD) and low mood.
I established my discreet Private Practice counselling in Dorchester, Dorset's county town, in 2007.
I am now based by the sea in the coastal town of Weymouth, working with people from across Dorset and the surrounding counties.
There are many different reasons why people seek counselling and sometimes it can be difficult to ask for help when we need it the most.
It takes both courage and strength to reach out to others and we can often feel that we are lacking in both of these at the very time we need that extra support.
You may have experienced a life event or trauma that has left you feeling distressed or differently in some way, or maybe your life just doesn't seem to work for you anymore and you are struggling to find any joy, meaning or sense of purpose?
Sharing your concerns with somebody who is trained to really hear what is happening for you can leave you feeling an increased sense of calm, more grounded and less alone.
Counselling can help alleviate your distress and support you to feel less pressured, less stress, and less self-critical.
It is usually what we think and feel about ourselves that is most destructive for us.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to become more self-aware. You can create more choices for yourself and increase your sense of autonomy, self-confidence and quality of relationships.
If you feel conflicted and that life is getting on top of you, taking some time out to talk to a counsellor, in confidence, can help you to find some breathing space, greater clarity, and improved emotional and physical well-being.
I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is fundamental to facilitating positive change and so we will work together to address the difficulties you are experiencing.
'Change' is a process and so learning to cultivate patience with yourself can be an integral part of the counselling experience.
If you prefer, we can keep our work focused on your present experiences, strengthening your resources and resilience levels to help you to manage day-to-day living more effectively.
You may wish to engage on a longer-term basis and use counselling to explore in more depth.
You can gain further insight into your experiences and relationships and address patterns of behaviours that you wish to change or understand better.
My approach allows you to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment and this can be an empowering and life-changing process
The way that I work offers you the opportunity to use counselling in the way that suits you the best.
How we decide to work together will be based upon your needs and what you wish to gain from sessions.
Client testimonial -
''Sharon is simply an excellent counsellor. She possess all the key skills and knows how to apply them sensitively, appropriately, and most of all, effectively''
- Please see my 'Testimonials' page to read more client experiences of counselling.
Since qualifying in 2006, I have worked with people of all ages seeking support for many different reasons.
It can be tempting to try to ignore how we really feel, but putting on a brave face and dismissing our own experience can often leave us feeling much worse.
We are all human and struggle at times.
Some of the many issues I have helped people with are; bereavement, loss, depression, anxiety, stress, complicated grief, bereavement by suicide, relationship issues, anger, long-term health issues, feelings of guilt or shame, abuse, domestic abuse, trauma, redundancy, low self-esteem, work-place issues and coping with change…
Engaging in the process of counselling and psychotherapy is an invitation for you to learn from your experiences and improve your quality of life.
You have now already taken the first courageous step towards positive change...
...Take a look through the rest of my website to find out more about how I work and what I can offer you...
...I welcome your enquiry when you feel ready to take the next step.
Sharon Nicholson Registered MBACP, Accred. Established private practice, 2007, counselling in Dorchester and counselling in Weymouth, Dorset for over 10 years.
"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know" - Pema Chödrön