Meet some of our counsellors
Maureen Sharkey MSc, MBACP (Accredited), UKRC Registered Counsellor
I am the managing counsellor and trainer at SCIM and have worked here for 19 years, following my own experience of miscarriage. I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and have carried out research in the area of miscarriage.
I was originally trained in advice and guidance but felt that it would be beneficial to be able to offer women therapeutic support too. I could see how emotionally wounded women were by their loss and the aftermath of that experience. Coming to terms with loss is not always a straight forward journey for people.
I specialise in support following pregnancy loss, infertility, relationships, and depression. The counselling I offer is used by individual male or female clients and couples. My main aim is to provide comprehensive support that best assists women and families to cope with the emotional aftermath of such a traumatic event, to make a lasting recovery and to rebuild their plans for the future.
Liz McLean, Support Group Counsellor/Trainer
I have been involved with SCIM for 20 years. I originally contacted the organisation after I had had my family as, although I felt really lucky to have two beautiful children, I could not forget about the babies I had lost. I felt strongly that there was no one there for me when I was struggling to cope with my losses and that other people should not have to go through the feeling of isolation and helplessness.
As one of the founder members, I have mainly had a supporting role, but to date I have been a counsellor, facilitated support groups, a trainer and assessor and also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Management.
I have great faith in our organisation and I know that anyone who comes to us for support get the highest standard of care, information and counselling provided by our highly qualified and caring counsellors.
Isabel MacPhee, Postgraduate Diploma In Counselling, member of BACP
I am originally from a Nursing background which is where my interest in counselling began. I felt practical issues were addressed but often emotional issues were overlooked.
I have been working as a counsellor at S.C.I.M. for the last six years. I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2007 and I am currently working towards accreditation. I am a member of BACP and have completed my SVQ in telephone counselling and Fertility Management.
I work with a wide range of clients, female, male and couples, working face- to- face or by telephone, if distance or circumstances require this. My aim is to provide a safe, warm environment where difficulties facing the loss of a baby and the impact this can have on everyday living, can be explored. This may include: fears for future pregnancies, fears for future loss or infertility problems. Stress, anxiety, coping with grief, relationship and financial difficulties.