Qualifications, Training, Experience

Professional Qualifications

I am registered with the Professional Standards Authority Register no. 019950 

This register only lists therapists who have demonstrated high professional standards. 

It is for the benefit of the public, so that you can choose a counsellor who has been independently assessed and approved.


  • Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (2018)- British Psychological Society Approved (BPS)
  • Counselling for Depression (CfD) Supervisor (2018) - Metanoia Institute, London 
  • Counselling for Depression Practitioner (CfD)  (2015) - Metanoia Institute, London
  • BACP Accreditation Status (continuous since 2009)
  • 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



Additional Training


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.


My additional CPD training has been extensive over the years, and includes;


 

  • Imposter Syndrome & Low Self-Esteem
  • Child Sexual Abuse - Hope for Healing
  • Unravelling the Mystery of Memory in the Treatment of Trauma 
  • Asperger's Syndrome Enhanced Skills Training 
  • Trauma and the Body: Dissociation & Somatisation
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Bereavement by Suicide
  • Working with issues of Low Self-Esteem
  • Understanding Your Eating  
  • Metaphors & Rituals as expression in Dissociative Eating 
  • Surviving Childhood Abuse & Parenting 
  • Domestic Abuse



Professional Experience

 

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


  • Primary Care - Senior High Intensity Counsellor NHS (10yrs) - specialising in Counselling  for  Depression (CfD) - evidence based therapy and NICE approved  (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence)
  • GP Surgeries - Weymouth
  • 'Professional Help' - Specialist Bereavement Counselling
  • 'Time to Talk' Initiative - Counselling for Carers
  • Local Business - Counselling for employees
  • National Organisations, Agencies and Charities
  • RUSS - (Road User Support Service) - Accident Trauma related counselling
  • Senior Counsellor in Further Education - Counselling students at Weymouth College 
  • Higher Education - Counselling students at Bournemouth University
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's) - counselling for company employees
  • Women's Refuge (4yrs) - Domestic Abuse counselling
  • I also provide supervision for other counsellors 


  • 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 supervision for youth workers and 1:1 mentoring and coaching for 18-24 yr olds.
  •  I also designed and facilitated a personal and social development project for young people in further education - Children's Services, Dorset County Council (2005-2010)


I currently offer counselling in Weymouth to people aged 16 yrs and over. 

Contact Me

Initial Consultations Available

I respond to all counselling enquiries

If you're feeling anxious about getting in contact (many people feel this way so you are not alone) feel free to call me on 07984106004, leave me  voicemail, and I will get back to you.

Sharon Nicholson Counselling In Weymouth



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