About me

Sharon Nicholson, Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

I feel very fortunate to be based by the coast, in my home town of Weymouth, as I have a particular affinity for the sea - A restorative beach walk can be great for both physical and emotional well-being.

Through my own life experiences, and through helping others, I've come  to greatly appreciate the true value of self-care. We can often feel an inner-conflict around giving ourselves permission to attend to our own needs and this can be rooted in our previous experiences and relationships, including our early years. 

I believe that our lives can be much richer when we are able to be present and connected to a sense of meaning and purpose. We may suffer and feel lost as a result of disconnection from who we are and what really matters to us. 

The greatest challenge can be discovering, or re-discovering, just what this is.

Counselling gives us the chance to explore our experiences, past & present, to help us more fully understand the impact and meaning these have for us, and to enable us to find new meanings and purpose in our lives. 

These values strongly inform my professional practice and consequently what I am able to share with you through my passion for learning and my therapeutic work.

I have the utmost respect and admiration for each and every one of you who embarks on your own personal journey of self-discovery, healing and empowerment. You are worth it.

How I work

I not only work with the difficulties and struggles that may bring you into counselling, but also your hopes for moving forwards. 

My core practice is Person-Centred, Humanistic, working at your pace and with what you wish to explore. I work in an integrative way, using different models of therapy to best suit each individual - There is no 'one size fits all' as we are all unique.

I promote Mindfulness-based work which focuses on strengthening your personal resources and resilience. This can be especially effective if you are looking for support for anxiety and stress-related difficulties.

My holistic and compassion-focussed approach helps to alleviate distress and provides a safe space for you to explore and process difficult experiences, whether recent or historic.

Many people come to me for support through the process of grief after bereavement or loss.

This can be an especially difficult, and sometimes complex time, so if you feel that you need some emotional support after a loss of any kind, I welcome your enquiry. This is a specialist area of interest in my work.


I hold accreditation status with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy- evidencing of high standard of competence and ethical practice)  and with the Professional Standards Authority Register - no. 019950 

I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical framework for Good Practice and I am committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and on-going training - I undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD per year in order to maintain my Accreditation status.

Counselling for Depression (CfD) Supervisor (2018) - Metanoia Institute, London, endorsed by BACP

Counselling for Depression (CfD)  (2015) - Metanoia Institute, London. 

Post qualifying, specialist practice, endorsed by BACP and recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as licensed for delivery within government IAPT mental health services. 

The CfD model works with intrapersonal processes such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism which often maintain depressed mood. 

BACP Accreditation Status (continuous since 2009)

Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and 

Adolescents (2009) - Iron Mill Institute, Exeter 

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006) - Weymouth College 

VRQ Certificate in Youth work (2006) - DYCS, Dorset County Council

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (2004) - Weymouth College

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (2003) - Weymouth College

CACDP British Sign Language Level 1 (2003) - Weymouth Adult Learning Centre

Areas of work

Sharon Nicholson Counsellor in Weymouth 

I currently offer counselling in Weymouth to people aged 18yrs and over.  

Since qualifying in 2006, my counselling work has taken me across the public, private and voluntary sectors in Dorset. 

Primary Care (10yrs) - Senior High Intensity Counsellor NHS

Specialising in Counselling for  Depression (CfD) 

'Time to Talk' - counselling for Carers

Local Business - counselling for staff

RUSS - (Road User Support Service) - Accident Trauma related counselling

Senior Counsellor in Further Education - Students at Weymouth College 

Higher Education - Students at Bournemouth University

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's) - counselling for company staff

Women's Refuge (4yrs) - Domestic Abuse counselling

I also provide supervision for other counsellors 

Within these settings, I have worked therapeutically with many issues including, depression, anxiety, stress, loss, bereavement, complicated grief, 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…  

* In addition to my counselling work, I have lead 'Pattern Changing' personal development courses for women who have experienced domestic abuse -  specialist facilitator training with Dorset County Council & BCHA. 

* Previous to my career as a counsellor, I held a portfolio lead position in The Dorset Youth & Community Service. I managed a county-wide team providing 1:1 mentoring and coaching for 18-24 yr olds and I designed and facilitated a personal and social development project for young people in further education - Children's Services, Dorset County Council (2005-2010)

 * I am currently involved with the 'Time to Talk' initiative and am pleased to offer funded counselling sessions to unpaid carers in Dorset. For further details and information on how to access this specific service for carers, please see the Dorset Carers Websites My Life My Care https://www.mylifemycare.com/ and CRISP Dorset http://www.crispweb.org/home.aspx
For all other enquiries about my counselling sessions, please contact me direct.  

"You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer." - Eckhart Tolle 

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Sharon Nicholson Counselling In Weymouth