Susan Board, PhD, MBACP
6, The Drive
01273 420388 / 07910743238
Do get in touch and come for a free initial meeting to see if I can help you. I have experience of working with people of all ages and from all walks of life who are suffering from depression or anxiety; or, who have felt lost and stuck. So that I can help you, I create a counselling environment that is safe, containing and confidential for you to explore your fears and issues.
I am a qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor with a strong awareness of existential psychotherapy. I practice in central Hove. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (number: 032817) and work to their ethical guidelines. I see clients on a weekly basis for longer or shorter stretches of time; this is agreed upon at the beginning and is always open to re-negotiation.
I work from the premise that you, the client, ultimately know what is best and that you possess the resources to access the most positive and constructive path through your life. However, there may be times when you falter; when life circumstances become so challenging that you feel overwhelmed and powerless. Hence you suffer: suffer from too much sadness, too much fear.... At such times, reaching out for support is helpful: from someone who will not take over but who will empathically listen as you seek your way through the deep-seated fears or sadness. In searching, you will feel supported, unashamed of your feelings, and will hopefully feel increasingly free to explore other options, may be not considered before. In doing so, and with the increasing confidence that comes with this, one's sense of self and life possibilities creatively expand. Thus your self-respect is re-affirmed and you will feel empowered to boldly proceed with life and its unknown challenges.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP accredited course)
Pre-Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
I also have a BA(Hons), MSc(Econ) and PhD in associated academic studies.
I have regular supervision adhering to the BACP guidelines. This is an important part of my work; it means that I can maintain the highest standards of care, always working towards your well-being.
I started my counselling work with adolescents in a young people's centre and a secondary school. I now work with adults of all ages and with a wide range of presenting issues. Recently, I have become interested in training and working with clients who have suffered traumatic experiences; and, at how psychological and emotional stresses manifest in the body.
In 2011, I took time out as a volunteer with a community organisation in a township in South Africa, supporting carers who work with families suffering from the effects of Aids and with individuals who are HIV+. This involved building bonds of openness and trust with the carers as well as the community before giving workshops to the carers on counselling skills and individual counselling support to the carers. I also spent time each day with teenage orphans and vulnerable children.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£50 per 50 minute 'counselling hour'. (This is negotiable for students and those on a low income.)
An initial meeting to see if counselling with me could be helpful is free.
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Type of session
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Types of client