Dr Sharon Gardner - Consultant Counselling Psychologist
AFBPSsS, CPsychol, PGDip Couns Psychol, M.Sc, B.Sc(Hons)
Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Available for appointments Online via Skype Counselling.
Works With All Age 18 and older
Life is a journey full of twists and turns that at times can overwhelm and even stop us in our tracks. These are the times that can feel lonely and frightening.
I believe therapy should be a safe place where we can express our inner most thoughts and feelings without judgement, a place where we can learn about ourselves, the patterns in our lives and how we can move forward. I believe that my role is to walk along side of you during this time, to listen to your pain and guide you when you are lost.
Therapy too, is an opportunity to review our lives and ourselves so that we might learn new ways of being and seek out new possibilities that perhaps we did not think we were capable of.
“…you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
I have over seventeen years of post-qualification experience working with people experiencing a variety of mental health problems such as, PTSD, PTS, anxiety, stress, OCD, phobias, depression, childhood sexual abuse, and relationship problems, to name but a few.
I tend to work within an integrative model of therapy using cognitive behavioural therapy, CPT, psychodynamic, Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. I like to take time with patients to develop a shared understanding of their problems and build a trusting, collaborative approach towards realising agreed goals.
To understand your current problems, we may have to look to your past or to other areas of your life to get a fuller picture, identify repetitions and patterns of thinking and behaviour. Working on agreed tasks in-between sessions can enhance the therapy process and the necessary positive changes needed for you to move forward in your life. We do not have to be defined by our past. By identifying unhelpful thoughts and behaviours we can be empowered to find alternative ones and therefore change our futures.
I have always had a natural interest in people, how they think and feel, their courage and resilience towards adversity. I feel a great compassion for those who are struggling and admiration for those who seek to be the best they are capable of being. It has always felt such a privilege to be allowed into someone’s life and for them to share their most intimate experiences. To watch another emerge from their distress into the light of understanding and change, is an honour.
As a counselling psychologist it is part of our training to experience therapy and so I know first-hand how vulnerable one can feel and the courage it can take. I also know what it is like to feel heard, validated and encouraged and to feel that I am moving forward.
I love gardening and find it so therapeutic to lose myself in nature. I have started to grow some fruits and feel quite proud of the strawberries this year, although I didn’t have a great deal to do with it other than watering. I am getting a little fitter day by day with ‘Callanetics’, which is meditation in motion, and am trying to get past week three of couch to 5K, whilst certain younger members of the family sprint past me with such apparent ease…..!
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