Sue Clarke MBACP Accred
I understand from personal experience that it can be daunting to seek counselling for the first time and to decide on which approach or which counsellor is right for you.
I work in an integrative way, which means that my work is informed by various theoretical approaches, and I am able to draw on these according to individual needs. My aim is always to try to understand the world from your point of view and to help you find your own meanings and ways through the difficulties you are encountering, so that you can best decide what needs to change and how to initiate this change.
It may be that short term work (6-12 sessions) is sufficient to address whatever issues are troubling you, or it may be that longer term, open ended therapy would be more suitable to allow for problems to be addressed at a deeper level.
To help you decide, I would suggest that we have a brief initial conversation on the phone or via email, and if you are still unsure, that we arrange to meet for an initial 30 minute session to discuss why you might want counselling, how I might be able to help and whether we both feel that I am the right person to offer you the support you need.
Couples: Whilst my primary experience to date has been as a counsellor on an individual basis, I am currently undergoing additional training to enable me to work with couples. During this period I am able to offer reduced cost counselling to couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling from Roehampton University (1999), a BA (Hons) in Community & Criminal Justice (and a Diploma in Probation Studies) from De Montfort University (2002) and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre in London (2012). I am currently undertaking further training to enable me to work as a couples counsellor.
I currently see clients in my private practice who have self referred and who have been referred by various Employee Assistance Schemes.
I have worked previously on a sessional basis for an organisation that had AQP (Any Qualified Provider) status working with clients referred by GP surgeries. Prior to this I worked as a volunteer counsellor for both Mind in Mid Herts (MiMH) and Herts Mind Network (HMN).
Whilst working as a volunteer counsellor for HMN, I also worked part-time as a Vocational Adviser, facilitating people with mental health issues to either retain work or to return to work, perhaps via education, training or voluntary work. This work encompassed dealing with work-related stress, relationship and organisational issues as well as general emotional and mental health issues.
I thus have a number of years’ experience working in the mental health sector and a sound knowledge of mental health issues, specifically those linked to anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- family problems
major life changes
coping with major medical conditions/illnesses
work place issues
lack of motivation and direction
loneliness, isolation, lack of connectedness
feeling that life has no meaning
Initial assessment (Individual) – 30 minutes £20.
Full session (Individual) - 50 minutes - £45.
Full session (Couple) - 60 minutes - £45 (reduced rate whilst in training).
Concessions are sometimes available.
Payment in cash, by cheque or bank transfer on the day.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by and adhere to its Code of Ethics.
I hold an Enhanced DBS disclosure, issued 10 October 2014.
I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
I have regular supervision and am committed to continuing professional development, via attendance at further training events.
I keep written case notes to safe, professional and ethical standards.
I run my practice from a room in the AL1 area of St. Albans. Parking is available.
For further information about therapy and counselling, including information about the various theoretical approaches and what to expect from counselling, please refer to the BACP website ‘itsgoodtotalk.org.uk’.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday afternoon/evening, Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon/evening, Thursday morning.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|