Training, qualifications and experience

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who are a professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists practising in the United Kingdom. I work within the BACP professional Ethical Framework, this means keeping myself and my clients safe by committing to their professional standards and good practice guidance for the Counselling Professions.

I work with clients who have experienced various different losses in their lives. Grief, bereavement and loss can affect you emotionally, physically and spiritually and may bring up memories of other painful or difficult endings in your life. I am a recommended Pet Bereavement Counsellor with Dignity Pet Crematorium; pets create such a unique loving connection with us and losing a pet can be hard for the owner due to the close bonds that are made, sometimes it can seem difficult to grieve for a pet due to attitudes of others.

I provide counselling to young people aged 12 – 24 years old through Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Mindworks Youth Counselling Service. We talk about anything that is worrying them, for example relationships, families, drugs, pregnancy, sexuality, stress, bullying, feeling low, anxiety, depression or anything else.

I work with individual adults 18+ who are concerned about their drug or alcohol use and individuals affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. We explore past and present life events, work with difficult thoughts and feelings and develop strategies to improve the clients mental health and wellbeing.

I am a BACP Spirituality Member. Spirituality encompasses belief, faith, religion and other ways in which we might experience deeper connection to and appreciation of self, other and the environment. Difficult times in our lives can evolve into a journey marked by spiritual awakening.

The back of a bench with 2 ladies on it having a talking therapy session


CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling L4

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies L3

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills L2

CPCAB Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills L2

I am working towards my BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling Degree which will be awarded by the University of Surrey in 2024.

Additional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training and Workshops

  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling Diploma

  • Addiction Therapy Diploma

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Diploma

  • Children, Young People and Families
    Breaking the cycle of trauma and promoting healing and hope

  • Advanced CBT Diploma

  • Autism Awareness

  • ADHD Awareness

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness

  • Domestic Abuse

  • GDPR and Confidentiality

  • Mental Health Training (CAMHS Team)

  • Level 3 Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Child Protection and Ethical Issues

  • Self-harm

  • Suicide Prevention

  • OU Coronavirus primer – How to do counselling online

  • Attachment Theory Diploma

  • Sand Tray Therapy Diploma

  • Drugs awareness mental wellbeing

  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Infection Prevention and Control

  • Preventing Radicalisation

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Dissociation: Trauma as personal and collective experience

  • Unresolved trauma and addiction

  • Resuscitation Level 2 – Adults and Paediatrics BLS

Sharon Rowan counselling with some text about pet bereavement counselling