Susan Lofthouse M.A, B.Sc.(Hons), Adv Dip Counselling, MBACP (Accred)
I am a Person-centred Counsellor who values this approach as it can help you to regain some control over your life and your issues. Although a well qualified and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor, I am just an ordinary person who values other people.
I became a Counsellor because I experienced its value as a client when a mature student at the University of Central Lancs in 1989. Having difficulties with juggling deadlines, the commitments and responsibilities of being a parent, and enduring severe PMT symptoms, I found great benefit from the support I received from talking in confidence with one of their Counsellors.
Valuing this experience so highly, I decided to follow my psychology degree with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Wigan College, and undertook my placement at UCLAN in the hope that I could offer students the type of heartfelt support I had received myself.
Once qualified I set up and ran the first Student Counselling Service of a Further Education College, and gained extensive experience of counselling young people. Also, in private practice as a Counsellor since 1995, I have counselled many, many people with all kinds of issues during that time.
As a member of a number of Counsellor Training teams, I have facilitated Personal Development, Skills and Supervision groups, provided individual Counselling to trainees and qualified practitioners, and undertaken a number of Continued Professional Development Courses, completing a MA in Counselling in 2000.
Please get in touch if you think I may be able to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology 1991
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling 1992
- Adult Education Teaching Certificate 1995
- M.A in Counselling 2000
- Diploma in Casework Supervision 2002
- General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills 2013
Short Courses Attended:
- Bereavement & Loss
- Fat is a Feminist Issue ( Eating Disorders - Suzie Orbach)
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Person-centred Expressive Therapy Institute (Level 1)
- Stress Management
- Crisis/Disaster Counselling
- Drugs and Behaviour
- DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Awareness
- Trauma and the Body
- Dementia Friends Champion Training
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I do not work in an issue specific way. I work with you as the person you are, with whatever types of issues you have and support you in finding a way to feel better about yourself so that you can cope better with what is bothering you.
£35 per hour Individuals
£45 per hour Couples
£40 - £60 per hour Organisations
I am happy to consider fee reductions under certain circumstances.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Early Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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