Sue Crossland MBACP (Accred)
The Therapy Rooms
I offer therapy from a lovely, peaceful counselling and therapy practice in the centre of Wakefield, working on both a long and short term basis with individuals and couples. I have spent the last nine years combining part time private practice with working for the NHS as a mental health counsellor, where I offered counselling to clients experiencing depression, anxiety and stress through life events. I have recently taken the step to leave the NHS and work privately on a full-time basis.
People look for therapy when they are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. It may be that they are struggling with their emotions, feel stuck, out of control, and feel unable to speak to family or friends.
All people are individuals and unique, and as such, different people have different needs from therapy. Counselling can be a place to explore thoughts and feelings, identify ways of thinking and interacting with others, and uncovering root causes to long standing issues. A person may be looking for tools to resolve their problems or ways of coping. I work using predominantly a person-centred approach, although I do integrate elements of emotion-focused therapy, transactional analysis and CBT; drawing on many useful resources to enable me to meet different client’s needs.
I also work with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship. By working together on the things that are creating unhappiness, couple counselling can help both partners move on from stuck and often difficult patterns of interaction. Couple counselling can help improve communication, manage difficulties and work towards resolving problems, to lead to a happier and more fulfilling relationship.
I aim to build a therapeutic relationship of respect, empathy and genuineness and to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment where you are listened to and accepted for who you are. By exploring your issues in therapy, this can lead to a better understanding of yourself and how you think, giving you a clearer understanding of your problems. I appreciate that therapy can be a difficult, emotional experience, so I work with you, at your pace, to facilitate you finding your own answers, and making the changes you want to your life; either externally or within yourself, to enable you to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working in various voluntary organisations and the NHS. I have worked in private practice for ten years, seeing private clients, counselling students and clients through Employee Assistance Programmes. I have particular experience working with mental health issues (depression, anxiety and stress), low self-esteem, childhood issues, bereavement, anger issues, relationship difficulties and with teenagers who have experienced abuse.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2004, with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. I trained as a couples counsellor in 2007. I am accredited and registered with BACP and I am on the UK register of counsellors. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor. I work hard to continue with professional development to enhance my practice and the therapy I offer.
- Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Dewsbury College 2004
- Certificate in Counselling Couples, Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute 2007
- BACP Accreditation, 2009
- Inner Child Therapy, Penny Parks Training Institute 2010
- Understanding and working with trauma in the therapeutic process, Cornerstone counselling, 2010
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis 101 course, Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute 2011
- Working with Anger, Cornerstone counselling, 2011
- Accreditation in Couple Therapy for Depression, The Tavistock Centre 2012
- Working with bereavement, Cruse bereavement 2012
- Counselling for Depression, York St John University 2013 (ongoing)
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision, Counselling Xtra 2015
- Working with medically unexplained symptoms, South & West Yorkshire Counselling 2017
- Working with Trauma, Complex trauma training 2017
- Working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma, Complex trauma training, 2017
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Individuals: £45 per session (50 minutes). Couples: £55 per session (60 minutes).
Where cost is an issue, I am open to a discussion to arrange an affordable rate.
I offer a discount to counselling students.
£60 per session (1.5 hours)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently offer appointments Monday to Friday during the day, and Tuesday, Wednesday evenings. I'm sorry, I do not currently have any evening availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been offering supervision for four years, both privately and to other counsellors in the NHS. .View supervision profile