I am a Senior Therapeutic Counsellor and I established my discreet private practice in the county town of Dorchester in 2007. Since then, I have worked with referrals from both individuals and agencies from across the UK including, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Hampshire and London.
I am now based by the coast, in my home town of Weymouth, Dorset.
Weymouth is very accessible for anyone seeking counselling from the areas in and around Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Poundbury, Portesham, Abbotsbury, Bridport and Blandford Forum.
I feel very privileged to be doing the work that I have a passion for and I enjoy sharing my learning with those who are open to making a positive difference to their lives.
I keep up to date with the latest information and guidelines regarding 'best practice' through regular continuing professional development (CPD) - I undertake a minimum of 30 hours per year in order to maintain my professional Accreditation status.
How I work
I not only work with the difficulties and struggles that may bring you into counselling, but I can also help you to focus on the hopes and dreams that you may have for yourself moving forwards.
My core practice is Person-Centred, working at your pace and with what you wish to explore. I am qualified to work in an integrative way, using different models of therapy to best suit each individual - There is no 'one size fits all' therapy 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, personally and professionally.
My holistic and compassion-focussed approach helps to alleviate distress and provides a safe space for you to explore and process any painful or difficult experiences, both recent and historic.
I am seeing an increasing number of people in my practice seeking support for grief, loss and bereavement. Whilst there is no pause button to stop the rest of the world, I can offer you a supportive space where we can slow things down and help you to bear, and make sense of, your experience.
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 and on-going training - a minimum of 30 hours per year.
Counselling for Depression -CfD (2015) - Metanoia Institute, London.
This is a post qualifying, specialist, evidenced based therapy, endorsed by BACP and recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
The CfD model works with intrapersonal processes such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism which often maintain depressed mood.
BACP Accreditation Status (Awarded in 2009 and re-awarded annually)
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
Sharon Nicholson Counsellor in Weymouth
I currently offer counselling in Weymouth to individuals aged 18yrs and over.
Since qualifying in 2006, my counselling work has taken me across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
★ Primary Care - 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 - counselling for women fleeing Domestic Abuse
★ I also provide supervision for other counsellors within the NHS
Within these settings, I have worked therapeutically with many issues including, depression, anxiety, stress, loss, bereavement, 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…
* In addition to my counselling work, I have lead 'Pattern Changing' personal development courses for women who have experienced domestic abuse - specialist 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