About

Sharon Abel

FdA Counselling

BA (Hons) Degree Health & Social Care

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Working in Sexual Violence Settings Level 3

Working Safely with Trauma

Working with Dissociative Disorders

Bereavement and Loss

ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training)

Life coaching cert.

NLP Practitioner cert.

Art Therapy cert.

Hello,

Thank you for viewing my website. This is a positive first step to seeking help through talking therapy.

A little bit about me; I’ve worked within the field of health and social care for over 20 years. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to support individuals with many varied needs, such as mental health, substance misuse, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, older people. I’ve always strived to enable individuals to build their own skills and resources to enhance their lives.

My counselling experience has predominantly been around counselling survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. I use a trauma informed phased approach, to ensure you remain safe and grounded before processing the trauma. I’m also able to provide pre-trial therapy.

Working with survivors of interpersonal violence such as domestic abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour, stalking and harassment ; has enhanced my counselling skills around enabling post-traumatic growth.

Born into a Forces family, I have developed a good awareness of the traumatic events related to those who are; or who have served in the armed forces. Combined with my work alongside frontline emergency service workers, I can see the need for individuals to address their PTSD as soon as they are able, to reduce any long term affects.

I like to encourage creativity within the counselling sessions. This is ideal for ‘inner child’ work to help you explore your values, self-beliefs, relationships and attachments. Many people find that they are able to express themselves more easily when being creative and we can do this through arts, crafts, creative exercises, journaling etc.

As an integrative counsellor, I’m personally influenced by a Humanistic and Positive Psychology approach. From this I’m able to incorporate strategies which are individual to you as the client.

Trauma focused therapy for PTSD and Complex Trauma – including Narrative Exposure Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy – 1-6 sessions

Creative Strategies

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