Sue Clarke MBACP Accred
It was my personal positive experiences of therapy combined with a long-held desire to work with people in a caring capacity, which led me to change careers and re-train as a counsellor. I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2012 and gained my BACP Accreditation in 2015.
I have a private practice in St. Albans, providing both short term and long term counselling to individuals 18+ and couples. I am also affiliated to a number of Employee Assistance Schemes and see clients that are referred through these schemes.
How I Work
I believe passionately in the benefits of ‘talking therapies’ and provide friendly, professional support to help you or you and your partner through the difficulties/distress you may be experiencing.
I provide a calm, reflective space where you can talk freely, without fear of being judged. I work in a way that is respectful and responsive to individual needs. I endeavour to listen actively and to be interested in and curious about you. I want to understand what has brought you to therapy and what you wish to address.
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.
Working together we can explore both past and present experiences that may be impacting adversely on your life and relationships. With understanding and empathy we can identify unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour and look to develop more effective ways of coping and communicating.
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. To help you decide, I would suggest that we have a brief initial conversation on the phone or via email, and that if you are still unsure, we then arrange to meet for an initial 30 minute session. This provides an opportunity for you to talk about what brings you to counselling, to ask questions and explore any concerns you may have about therapy and establish whether we both feel that I am the right person to offer you the support you need.
Should we decide to continue, I usually suggest that we work together for six sessions initially and then review our progress every six sessions. 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
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).
My counselling training with The Minster Centre was an Integrative one, which means that my work is informed by various theoretical approaches and I am able to draw on these according to individual needs. My main influences are taken from the Humanistic and Psychodynamic traditions, but I am also able to draw on CBT principles where appropriate.
I am currently (2017) undertaking further training in Couples Counselling with CCPE in London.
I currently see clients in my private practice who have self referred or who have been referred by the various Employee Assistance Schemes that I work with. I provide both short term and long term counselling for individuals 18+ and couples.
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 counsellor for both Mind in Mid Herts (MiMH) and Herts Mind Network (HMN).
During my time with 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.
Accredited register membership
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 - £55.
Cancellation Fee (less than 48 hours notice) - £25.
Concessions are sometimes available.
Payment in cash or by cheque on the day. Bank transfer accepted by arrangement.
I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
I receive regular clinical supervision and am committed to my continuous professional and personal development.
I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
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|