Sharon Dinges

(M.Ed., LMHC)

About Me

Hi there! My name is Sharon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. I have been working in the mental health field for over ten years. I have experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit, as a crisis clinician in the emergency rooms and in the community, and as an individual outpatient therapist in a mental health clinic. I have worked with clients of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses. I have experience working with mood disorders like Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder, and I have also worked with many people who have serious and persistent mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and other psychotic disorders. I enjoy working with clients who have addiction issues, as well, and I have significant experience in this area.

I like to use a solution-focused approach in my counseling work and tend to be pretty straight-forward. Therapy that is person-centered is my goal, so being honest and being genuine are also things that are important to me. A counseling session with me is always judgment-free, and establishing a mutual respect is something that I strive for early in our interactions. I think that for a therapeutic relationship to work, there needs to be trust, and so helping you to trust me will be an important task.

Messaging through the BetterHelp platform is my preferred method of communication. I make very limited live sessions available for people who feel they need video or phone sessions to communicate. If you are someone who is looking for a consistent live video or phone session, I am probably not the right match for you. If you are eager to use messaging during the week and supplement with live sessions, as needed and on occasion, I think we will work well together.

I look forward to getting to know you better and to getting to work on the things that are important to you! Setting goals will be critical to our success, and I am eager to be your biggest cheerleader throughout the process. I am glad you have made the decision to seek some support at this time, and I hope that through working together, you can get your life to where you want it to be!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Parenting issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , ADHD
Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #8375 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Jun 29, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 5 days on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Sharon has been so wonderful, she’s listened and responded quickly to my messages. As well as provided reassurance and advice as I needed, I highly recommend her services. Thank you so much Sharon (:

Written by M.A. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

She’s wonderful! I was very skeptical but this had been an amazing experience.

Written by K.E. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 2 months

Sharon is a great counselor. She is there when I need someone to let all of my worried out, I appreciate her.
She also checks on me when I haven’t sent her something within a week, which I appreciate because it helps me get a lot of closure and validation on the things I’m going through.. she helps me not worry so much.

Written by K.A. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 6 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, and relationship issues

Sharon provides me with a safe space in which to talk about things that I could not talk with anybody else. She is able to look at things from a different perspective and that allows me to see things more clearly and handle situations in a better way.

Written by G.A. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Sharon has been such a big help with my goals to better myself. She takes time to get to know you and your situation and gives you great advice and coping to things that you are going through!

Written by G.R. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Kind, understanding, open minded, and so helpful. I started so afraid to say anything about myself, but now I trust her implicitly.

Written by J.O. on May 03, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

After short lived relationships with traditional counselors, I'm sticking with Sharon... She gets me, is responsive, understanding and there's always some continuity from "session" to session. Would gladly suggest anyone tries Sharon or Betterhelp.com.

Written by S.O. on Apr 09, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I appreciate Sharon's simple, straightforward check-ins, capturing each of the threads of conversation, sharing compassionate support, and asking thought provoking questions for deeper reflection.

Written by R.I. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

She’s very helpful and knows and does her profession very well.

Written by S.A. on Mar 15, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Sharon is a wonderful counselor and always helps put things in perspective. She helps me to order my thoughts and find solutions to challenges I'm experiencing. She is very understanding and supportive.

Written by C.L. on Oct 23, 2019 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Sharon allows you to openly speak about your thoughts. I feel safe and comfortable sharing with her. She is a great source of positivity. She cheers you on when you decide to take care of yourself (by making good decisions or pampering yourself). She is also great at recommending strategies on how you should handle situations (whether it be socially, dealing with your internal thoughts or staying productive). She doesn't shy away from your issues or your dark thoughts.
And by the way, I had mental health professionals who shy-ed away before. But she handled my emotions well and takes a gentle approach while helping sort my thoughts. Her approach is exactly what I needed for my anxiety and depression.

Also, I appreciate her timely responses. Her responses are usually thought-out by the way.

Thank you for your help Sharon!

Written by N.I. on Sep 14, 2019 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Sharon has been wonderful. She doesn't make you wait too long for replies. She knows what questions to ask to gauge what you really need to work on with her. She is kind, compassionate and non judgmental.

Written by L.I. on Aug 12, 2019 after counseling with Sharon for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Sharon is great. She made me open up and feel comfortable right away which is very hard for me to do with most people. I truly enjoy working with her.