Ivana SharpIntegrative counsellor
I am an experienced, BACP accredited integrative counsellor offering weekly one-to-one counselling sessions. My style is emphatic and sensitive, responsive to what each person brings to the session. It could be a particular problem such as anxiety or depression or you might be looking for help with a more vague sense of something being wrong.
The integrative nature of my training allows me to chose methods that would be most helpful for you. I blend together humanistic and psychodynamic modalities, use metaphor, image and dreams, elements of CBT and mindfulness. The sessions can be supportive, exploratory or very practical - equipping you with tools that you can use outside of the session. My style is relational, I am transparent about the way I work and welcome your questions and feedback during sessions.
In my experience, most of our problems in living are in one way or another caused by how we relate to the world around us and how connected we feel to ourselves and others.
Together we can look at your present and past experiences and also at what is happening between us to gain a fresh and tangible insight into what life feels like for you. We would use this information to trace the patterns in your life so that you can see them clearly and make informed choices about them.
My main interest is to look at the connection to one's self and see if there is anything out of sync or blocked, possibly causing feelings such as meaninglessness, anxiety or depression. I would be gently encouraging you to re-integrate those unwanted parts through focusing on breathing and being present and engaged with what is happening while cultivating a compassionate attitude towards it.
I would like to help you to not only find unique solutions to your difficulties, but to support you towards feeling more fully alive, centred and empowered.
I see our work as a collaborative and creative process with the quality of our relationship at it's heart.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
All sessions £60 - £70
Concessions available in some circumstances.
Sessions last 50 minutes.
Training and qualifications
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
In addition to my private practice, I have several years of experience working with a wide range of issues in both long-term and time limited therapy. I have worked as a bereavement counsellor for Brent Bereavement Service and as an integrative therapist for the short-term counselling service at a leading mental health charity.
My background is in teaching, working with children with special educational needs and also in holistic complementary therapies.