Sharon Kaplansky Counselling and Psychotherapy for Finchley Central

Why come to therapy?

Every voice needs an ear. Every story needs a listener.

I believe that therapy is about telling your story and sharing your history with a skilled and experienced therapist who is trained to listen carefully, empathically and with intent so that you can feel heard, listened to and validated.

This affirming and unique experience would make you feel understood and held in a way that may often be missing from your daily life.

Therapy is also a relational experience between you and the therapist, who is free of judgement or agenda and as such enables you to be yourself in their presence.

I aim to help you create a new narrative that holds fresh possibilities. I actively help you deal with repetitive, habitual patterns from the past in order to effect change. I offer you the opportunity to see yourself from the outside, allowing you to view yourself in a new light, creating different experiences that challenge past traumatic events.

On both a conscious verbal level and in a non-conscious non-verbal level, our collaboration aims to change your experience of yourself in relation to others and to the world.


How I Work

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist

Central to my approach is the collaborative relationship between me and my client, which is born from empathy, atunement and trust.


I would assess your needs throughout the therapy and work with you to reformulate your issues so that we can find remedies through reflecting on your experiences, as well as your future expectations.

The main approaches that I use are Humanistic Counselling and Psychodynamic Counselling.

The Humanistic approach focuses on thoughts and feelings in existing situations, so as to enhance your understanding of how you relate to yourself and others. Offering a space for you to express your self, and facilitating self-awareness and self-development.

The Psychodynamic approach aims to shed light on thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you may not yet be fully aware of; to explore patterns that might have developed throughout your childhood or personal history, that are now repeating in your adult life. The focus is on how past experiences may be contributing to present feelings and experiences, because painful issues in the present will often have their roots in the past.


The difference between Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Both counselors and psychotherapists provide talking therapy.
A counselling degree at the Minster Centre is equivalent to a first degree.
A psychotherapy degree at the Minster Centre is equivalent to a post-graduate diploma.
An additional research project leads to a Masters degree which is provided by Middlesex University.


Choosing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist

When choosing someone to work with the main thing to decide is if they are someone that you feel you can talk to comfortably and safely. Many psychotherapists and counsellors offer an initial assessment to allow you to assess each other and decide if you both wish to continue with the work.

It is important that you check your psychotherapist or counsellor is qualified and has membership of a regulating professional organisation.


Accreditation

I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists. BACP accreditation is only awarded to experienced psychotherapists and counsellors who have fulfilled all the relevant criteria, which includes undertaking their own personal therapy. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework, which means you can be confident that I abide by a strict code of confidentiality, that I undertake regular ongoing training and that I am appropriately supervised.


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