Meet the Therapist: Sharan Thiara
What attracted you to become a therapist?
The feeling of supporting others and seeing them become healthy and able to manage things within themselves.
Where did you train?
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
I practise from a humanistic and integrative approach, which means that I support individuals in a non-judgemental manner, giving them space to bring in their true self. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that you are unique.
I am here to support and hold you in the manner which works best for you, this may be talking therapy or other visuals I feel together may aid support.
At times it can feel heavy to connect with thoughts and how we are, sitting within the stillness and allowing the awareness for us can really aid connection.
How does your style of therapy help with symptoms of trauma?
Our bodies will hold onto trauma and anxiety. In therapy we work on unpacking what your triggers are, taking you right back to when you first were aware of them. We can then help that younger part of us to feel safe and secure with the trauma, thus reducing its impact on us in the present.
What sort of people do you usually see?
My clients are between 18-60, men and women, as well as gender neutral.
I offer therapy to individuals as well as couples.
Have you noticed any recent mental health trends or wider changes in attitude?
I feel recently that relationship issues are on the rise and how we value ourselves within relationships is changing.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I gain so much from holding a person and noticing how they grow and develop session-by-session. Seeing clients finding more acceptance and awareness around how they have been and seeing them connect is so valuable.
What is less pleasant?
Therapy takes time and at times we can struggle to connect, due to our traumas being too difficult to reach.
These sessions will be more challenging and can feel tough for both the client and therapist, but we can always stick with this to find that lightbulb moment.
How long have you been with Welldoing and what you think of us?
I have been with the platform now for around five months. It is a well supported network, allowing continuous development in new areas, and we are always supported.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Yes I tend to share psycho-educational links, meditation links, and YouTube links, which I have collated over my years in practice, as well as books.
I feel these always offer additional support and I'm very happy for clients to ask for recommendations.
What you do for your own mental health?
I strive for a healthy balance: working out, walking on the weekends, taking time out and switching off. These are powerful ways for me to reconnect with myself.
You are a therapist in Nottingham. What can you share with us about seeing clients in this area?
It can vary from season-to-season. Issues in relationships and work-related stress seem to be on the rise just now in my area.
What’s your consultation room like?
I have a cosy room with a large couch and a single couch for myself. There are some blankets available for clients to really feel comfortable and put their feet up.
I have a bookshelf with glowing candles and fairy lights. I love it. I always feel grateful for this room
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That any stigma is misplaced, and it is a place that can enable us to connect with ourselves.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
Oh goodness where do I start? I learnt a lot about my childhood patterns and traumas, how I was always putting others first and being neglectful of myself, people pleasing. It was only part of my journey.