Ms Sharon Beirne


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About me

My professional journey began in the voluntary sector, where I worked as a befriender to people with mental health problems, subsequent to which I undertook mental health nurse training. Shortly after qualifying, I embarked on further training alongside my work in the NHS, this time in psychotherapy, leading to my Accreditation with the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI) and Registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) in 2004. I went on to complete a Master's Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2011.

I have 17 years experience of working in a wide variety of clinical settings within the NHS, which, along with over 13 years experience of working as a psychotherapist in private practice, has enhanced my understanding and ways of working with the people that have engaged in therapeutic work with me. I left the NHS in 2012 and now work in full-time private practice. I am very passionate about my work and I have continued to engage in a wide range of professional development activities, such as: attendance of workshops and conferences on different and varied themes, both nationally and internationally; I have facilitated workshops for trainee counsellors and have co-facilitated workshops for trainee psychotherapists. In 2011 I wrote an article about my experience of encountering 'Object Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy', which was published in the British Gestalt Journal.

To say a little about my therapeutic orientation, Gestalt psychotherapy is suitable for working with a wide range of difficulties. At the heart of the Gestalt approach is a belief that our relationships with others are an essential part of our existence. It is how we develop our sense of who we are. This undoubtedly affects our sense of well-being, mood, self-concept, our ability to cope in difficult situations and our capacity to enjoy living. I therefore see the relationship between client and therapist as being a central component of the work, as the contact between us is where the relational and functioning patterns can emerge and be explored and understood in relation to the person's situation outside of therapy. By working with this process, it enables people to increase awareness of themselves, re-evaluate aspects of themselves in relation to their current life-situation and broaden their choice range, thus enabling them to support themselves more effectively and develop new ways of relating and functioning that more accurately reflect the way in which they want to live their lives.

I abide by the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice of GPTI and UKCP.

Areas of interest

Psychotherapist. I work with people who present with various difficulties, including: Life-Transition issues, such as ageing and the psychological effects of physical illness; Anxiety; Depression; Stress; Low Self-Esteem and Confidence issues; Loss; Relationship difficulties; Issues relating to Sexual Orientation and Other Minority Issues; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Effects of Type II Trauma, including Sexual Abuse.

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