Sharon Kaplansky Counselling and Psychotherapy for Finchley Central

Is therapy right for me?

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 an 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 myself and my client, born of empathy, atunement and trust.

I assess your needs and work with you to reformulate your issues to find remedies by 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, to enhance your understanding of how you relate to yourself and others. I offer a space for you to express yourself and facilitate self-awareness and self-development.

The Psychodynamic approach aims to shed light on thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you may not be fully aware of; to explore patterns developed throughout your childhood or personal history, now repeating in your adult life. I focus 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 counsellors 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, provided by Middlesex University


Choosing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist

When choosing someone to work with you should feel comfortable and safe talking to them. Many psychotherapists and counsellors offer an initial appointment 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.


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, so 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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