Within the world of professional counselling there are many terms and acronyms for this that  form of therapy. My aim is to use apply the right approach/ theory or combination that meets your specific needs and realistic goals.  As a professional counsellor I have been required to undertake additional courses: CPD’s see below and modules to fulfil various official governing bodies criteria for counselling. I work according to the framework and guidelines of the NCS and BACP, which underpins and informs my work. Additional terms that apply to my practice and training experience are integrative therapeutic counselling, interpersonal counselling, with Person - centred theory (PCT) which is often central to my practice Cognitive behavioural training (CBT), Gestalt therapy, mindfulness and so on. In simple terms all of these names boil down to methodologies, or 'tools in a tool box’ which are commonly used as an approach in helping people with life's struggles and challenges. Incorporating those that best suit the clients needs relastic and goals  

Additional training- contining professional development; CPD’s certification include: 

1. Working with grief and loss. 

2. Approaching Fear, and anxiety including Negative thoughts & behaviours (NATS).   

3. Understanding abusive relationships.

4. Eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia.

5. Use of Art in Therapy, which taps into my work in BA (Hons) Fine Art 

6. Exploring dreams.  

Personal note: In addition to the requisite qualifications and modules a professional counsellor, like all of us, I possess the ‘university of life’ elements. I have had the privilege of working in the health care sector for many years, and as a company director, mother and wife since 1987.

As a BA Hon. graduate in the arts I specialised in the aesthetic and therapeutic exploration of identity, family, memory, the body, and loss. I incorporate objects (agreed with clients choice) and use visualisations in the work if appropiate to the clients process. To compliment my studies in the visual arts I have engaged and enjoyed many decades of workshops exploring movement, dance and music.

In recent years I have been researching and had close contact with people dealing with dementia, disability and loss and have worked in collaboration with artists in residence and the RD&E in creating the Devon Garden designed for those walking through dementia and mental illness.

Sharon Cresswell


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