My name is Sharon and I am a qualified, BACP registered, experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor. I understand that taking the first steps of contacting a counsellor can be daunting but you are also taking the first steps in changing and taking charge of your life.
It is a commonly thought that if you are having counselling you must be experiencing a crisis,and although this is sometimes the case, people often embark upon this pathway because they want to make changes in their life or understand themselves better.
Sometimes we can not explain or understand why we are behaving in a certain way and these confusing feelings can make us feel isolated and unable to talk to those closest to us. Therapy offers a sensitive, confidential, non judgemental, safe space where you can be supported whilst you explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. A place where your thoughts and words will be treated with dignity and respect.
Psychodynamic therapy embraces the work of all analytical therapies. As we go through life, our experiences, and our feelings around them, shape the way we think, feel or behave. As we mature, these remain mainly unconscious, but often influence the way we behave today, in our life, work, and relationships. Our past affects our future and counselling can help us understand ourselves and the situations we are in better. Gaining some insight can be empowering, increase self esteem and give us the confidence needed to make the changes which can influence the direction and choices we make for our future.
Counselling provides an opportunity to meet each week and explore your difficulties and feelings. It is important that you find the right therapist, one that you are comfortable with, able to provide you with support and that understands how you are feeling. With this in mind, I offer a reduced cost 50 minute initial appointment session to allow you to ask any questions you might have, for us to get to know each other and see if counselling is right for you at this time.
I currently have practices in Godstone and in the town centres of Coulsdon, and Redhill. I offer confidential long and short-term counselling and psychotherapy in a range of days and times to accommodate busy lives.
I Qualified as a Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Surrey, and have been working in the local community for several years with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I am committed to ongoing professional development, adhere to BACP ethical guidelines and regularly complete further professional training.
I am experienced in working with Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Panic disorder, Anxiety disorder, Low self esteem, Relationship issues, Bereavement, Post- natal depression, Loss, Separation, Divorce, Adoption, Addiction, Self-harm, Sexual abuse, Work related stress, OCD, anger issues.
Although I mainly work from a Psychodynamic perspective, I believe that we all have our own unique life experiences and difficulties as we enter therapy. With this in mind, I work using a range of models so that sessions are tailored to support you, the difficulties you are currently experiencing, enabling you to find a way to move forward.
Contact: Sharon Simms
Pathways Counselling Service
Tel: 07519 247927