Sue Crookes MA BACP Accredited Counsellor
Therapy focusing on solutions, encouraging clients to develop their own skills, strengths and resources in dealing with their issues.
In a safe, confidential place, clients may explore life and how to work towards their best hopes. Within a good working relationship we will utilise the most appropriate style of counselling, so that the therapeutic experience is maximised. Therapy will focus on solutions, promote positive change and offer an opportunity to build on inherent strengths and potential.
'None of us would live long if anxiety didn’t stop us from taking foolhardy risks. But too much anxiety can be problematic’ (Joe Griffin). Anxiety can present as overwhelming worry, panic attacks, unrealistic fears etc…
It presents physically, emotionally and psychologically. By understanding the condition more fully and taking control, counselling also teaches guided relaxation including mindfulness – being in the moment – rather than worrying about the past or the future (as per the NICE guidelines).
I enjoy reducing anxiety through therapy and have seen excellent results, but these also depend upon positive co-operation of the individual.
Bereavement and Loss
Loss evokes all kinds of emotions such as shock, sadness, anger, denial and guilt. Grief is a natural response to loss. C.S. Lewis said: “No-one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”.
Standing alongside, understanding the feelings and the process of grieving is at the heart of therapy.
Loss and re-investment is a lifelong experience. Personal experience and training have moulded and developed me to help individuals and to teach groups extensively.
William Worden describes our reorganisation and re-investments as “learning to live in a world where the (deceased) loss is no more”.
Cantopher describes depression as “the curse of the strong”. It can affect our thinking, sleeping, eating, mood and functioning. It can make us inward looking, miserable and afraid. Although it is important to examine the causes it is also essential to focus on solutions.
Solution Focused Therapy considers our best hopes for moving forward and by setting and achieving small goals, empowers us to take control. Embracing cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt) for which I have fulfilled a certificated course we learn to re-frame our thinking and change our behaviour, whilst not denying our problems.
More than anything life has taught me to ‘carpe diem’ – seize the day. I have helped many to overcome depression, through this also involves effort and determination on the client’s behalf.
Providing couples with a safe environment to explore issues that may be interfering with their relationship. An opportunity to look at how to listen and understand each other whilst working collaboratively towards aims.
This provides couples with a safe environment to explore issues that may be interfering with their relationship. It enhances strengths and explores difficulties, giving the opportunity to move forward. More than anything it allows constructive communication with a positive facilitator. Being Relate trainied, and with many years experience in this specialist field, this work can resolve conflicts and allow the relationship to develop and move on.
Supervision for counsellors, trainee counsellors, and other professionals across a wide range of settings.
My work in supervision began informally as a mentor, but has developed to embrace a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision. Following the Shoet and Hawkins model for ‘supervisors within the caring professions’ I offer supervision within a wide range of settings.
I have worked alongside a number of academic providers which also informs and updates my practice. “All counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors are required to have regular and on-going formal supervision / consultative support for their work in accordance with professional requirements” (BACP Ethical Framework 2010 Pg. 6, Para 7) and in these days of increased accountability this also extends across many other professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years of counselling experience and yet still remain passionate about being a Therapist.
I am an integrative counsellor i.e. integrating a wide range of styles and techniques of therapy, as appropriate. With a strong tendency towards brief therapy, I aim to achieve maximum benefit for the clients with the lowest investment of therapy time.
At the heart of the process is the therapeutic relationship and a desire to empower each individual. I believe in a focus on future hopes, rather than too much emphasis on the past.
I am a qualified and experienced supervisor of individuals and groups. I am committed to lifelong learning in order to enhance my practice and fulfil over and above the requirements for education, updating and personal supervision and development.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Masters Degree in Counselling Studies. University of Chester
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision. Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy
- Accredited to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked
- Registered Nurse (RGN) and Health Visitor (RHV) (not practising).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My Therapy Room has its own entrance and is separate to my Residence, in a quiet cul de sac. There is adequate parking. The No. 378 from Stockport to Cheadle Hulme / Wilmslow passes by the end of our road every 20 minutes.
Counselling Fees are discussed on an individual basis prior to the first appointment.
Supervision Fees are £45 per session.
Invoices will be produced and payment is accepted in cash or by a cheque.
Counselling fees may be funded by Insurance schemes and I am recognised by a number of companies including BUPA.
Thank you for helping to shape the counsellor I am. Nicky – Supervisee
Sue provides a safe, but challenging environment for supervisees to explore their own theory and practice. Joan – Co-supervisor
Just wanted to say thank you for your wise and wonderful counsel I continue to challenge my temperament as I strive to be a better person – Client
Happier than I have felt in a long time. I think you work miracles – Client
Thank you so much for helping me to take back control and making me believe in myself again. – Client
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
Supervision of IndividualsandGroups My work in supervision began informally as a mentor, but has developed to embrace a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision.View supervision profile