Sessions

A chance for you to be heard...


I appreciate that it can take courage to come and share your experiences so my aim is to make the process as rewarding as possible for you.


Sessions are held in my dedicated counselling room which has been described by my clients as 'welcoming' and 'calm'. Counselling can range from a short, solution-focused piece of work to longer-term psychotherapy. How we work together is dependent upon your needs and we will explore what may suit you best at our initial session.  


Some of the positive changes that my clients have benefitted from include;   

  • Better understanding and self-awareness
  • Greater clarity and a sense of feeling 'back in control' of oneself
  • Greater ability to make decisions
  • Decreased feelings of anxiety, shame, guilt and insecurity
  • Increased trust in oneself
  • Increased sense of calm
  • Improved relationships
  • A sense of healing and giving oneself ‘permission’ to live life more freely


Please see my 'Testimonials' page for further comments by clients

Initial Consultation

  •  I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation to help us decide together if counselling with me maybe helpful for you. 
  • A face-to-face consultation will then allow us to explore what is happening for you in a little more depth, consider your background history and establish an initial focus for our work together.

Counselling Fees

* Fees can often vary between counsellors and this can be due to a number of factors including; 

Qualifications and experience - trainee counsellor or fully qualified, working towards accreditation status or with additional post qualifying specialisms. Location, daytime or evening sessions, overheads, length of session (a standard therapeutic hour is often 50 minutes). 

If the counsellor is working on behalf of a registered charity or their practice is relatively new, this may also be reflected in their fees. 



My Fees

  • For self-funded referrals, my full session fee is at the reduced rate of £45 for 1 full hour 
  •  No hidden costs 
  • Concessions available for low income clients - limited availability 
  • If you have private health insurance and wish to see me through this cover, please consult with your insurance company in the first instance.
  • If you are an employer, or represent an agency seeking counselling for staff or service users, please contact me for further information regarding my terms. 

Frequency

  • Sessions are by appointment only. 
  • Most clients attend sessions weekly in order for counselling to be most effective. 
  • A commitment to regular attendance is needed in order for therapy to progress. 

Confidentiality

It is important that you feel able to talk openly in order to gain maximum benefit from sessions. 

I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and I will discuss confidentiality in full with you during our initial consultation.  


* Please see my 'FAQ' page for further information about confidentiality.





Sharon Nicholson Registered MBACP, Accred. Established private practice, 2007, counselling in Dorchester and counselling in Weymouth, Dorset for over 10 years. 


 "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become" - Carl Gustav Jung