Sharon Stallard is a Life Coach and Therapeutic Counsellor, who has been working with clients for over 15 years. Originally from Scotland, Sharon moved down South in 1991, when she joined the Royal Navy. Sharon is extremely passionate about supporting others to improve their lives and enjoys teaching people how to develop their own inner resources and emotional resilience skills.
Sharon completed her Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2004 and 10 years later, studied at the College of St Mark & St John, where she qualified as a Life and Business Coach. Sharon has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and works with an integrative, person centred approach. Regularly updating her skills and knowledge, she has a broad range of qualifications including Solution Focused therapy and Hypnotherapy. Sharon is also a volunteer counsellor with the Bereavement Counselling Service in Plymouth.
Sharon describes here why she chose to train as a coach and counsellor:
“The statistics say that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems in our lifetime. I was one of those and had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety many years ago. I had struggled with low confidence and self esteem since my childhood and just couldn’t move forward. I did receive some support but I still wasn’t able to understand why I was like this and what changes I needed to make.
In search for some answers, I decided to study my first counselling qualification with Relate and I loved it. I learnt about person centred therapy and discovered that I could start to make sense of why I felt stuck. I continued to study and the more I learnt, the more I wanted to know. That was over 16 years ago and I have studied many fields of therapy and continue to do so. I believe that in order to make and maintain positive changes, we must understand the reasons why we think and behave the way we do. Part of the process of any self development is becoming aware of why things have gone wrong and with this new awareness, we can then make new choices, which will lead to changes within our life. We can all do this if we are motivated to improve ourselves but sometimes we need some guidance and support, which is where I can help.”