Steve Hughes, Registered Member MBACP
01787 375794 / 0796 606 6311
Who am I?
I am a qualified psychotherapist working with adults on a one-to-one basis in Sudbury, Suffolk. I have a great deal of experience working successfully with a mix of clientele presenting many different issues.
I have successfully worked with anxiety; depression; bereavement and loss; issues relating to sex and shame; psychological, physical and emotional abuse; and have supported my clients through huge life changes.
How did I get here?
My interest in psychology and philosophy began when I was quite young. I wanted to understand myself and my life as much as possible. There were episodes of emotional turmoil and mental health issues in my family, and these experiences drove me to further my understandings of " the human condition".
I studied psychology at the Open University and wondered how I could use my knowledge and experience to support people who wanted to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing. To that end I chose to train as an integrative counsellor; that being a counsellor who seeks to integrate many theories of the human mind, brain and being into a single theory (a theory of theories) concerning the reasons behind emotional and psychological distress and the possibilities and methods for easing that distress.
Why consider counselling?
We are often reminded that good emotional and mental health is, now more than ever, recognised as being as important as good physical health. I am pleased to say that the stigma associated with emotional and mental health has lessened quite dramatically over the last decade or so. It is now accepted that seeking help from a qualified professional such as a counsellor or psychotherapist is one of the best ways of addressing these issues. We hear in the media about celebrities and others in the public eye who have opened up about their emotional and psychological problems, and how they have sought and received expert help from trained professionals.
Contemporary life presents us with a unique set of problems, for example issues resulting from the intensity of social media engagement or simply the speed and pressures put upon us by the current immediacy of life. There is now increased pressure upon younger adults who often can see no hope for their future, and for the older generation there is the problem of either suffering from, or caring for somebody who is suffering from, conditions such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
What are the options?
We often hear about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and this can help many clients to work with the issues that they are facing. Many workplace schemes and health insurers will refer members to a CBT practitioner and this can be very successful.
When we look for self funded psychotherapy we will have access to much broader options and the chance to really work on our own personal growth and development. We will be able to find a therapist who, if we wish, can support us as we journey into self exploration. In private counselling we have the opportunity to work at a deeper level; maybe to explore the path we have taken to get to where we are now, maybe to explore the possibilities of the future. Sessions can be ongoing for a longer period than employer funded schemes and insurance funded therapy, and sometimes it is more beneficial to work for this longer period.
Call, email or text to arrange an initial session within which we can discuss what you would like to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue we can then arrange regular sessions at the same time and place each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling BACP Accredited Course Programme Gold Book Standard
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate of Higher Education (Open)
- Certificate in Creative Therapy
Autism Awareness Training
Acquired Brain Injury Training
An Introduction to Psychosexual Issues
Preparing to Support Learning
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Fees are £40 per session including initial assessment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My availability is flexible including evenings and weekends. Contact me to discuss.
Types of client