Sue Graham Counsellor MBACP and CBT Therapist MBABCP
07541 352591 / 07541 352591
I offer an accepting,non-judgmental,confidential service with a down to earth friendly manner. I hope working with me will enable you to gain insight into your problems,understand why they may have developed and identify if anything may be maintaining them. We will also focus on evidence based techniques to help you manage your symptoms enabling you to become more resilient and get on with life.
I have many years experience of working as a Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) in various NHS settings. This includes GP practice work and 17 years in a psychological therapy department.
My professional background is in both general and mental health nursing, working with people with serious mental health problems both in hospital and community settings. I then qualified as a counsellor and CBT therapist and have worked in psychological therapies in the nhs ever since. I am also a qualified supervisor.
I use evidence-based therapies (as recommended by the NICE guidelines) to help people overcome and manage their problems. This may include anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Often it can be all of these issues and many more. Sometimes it may feel like you have lost direction and struggle to get through the day, experiencing little sense of pleasure or achievement from life. It may feel that anxiety has overwhelmed you to the point where you have started to avoid situations or have become socially withdrawn, fearful of others negative judgment. You may have started to worry about your health,appearance or just cant stop worrying about everything. You may have lost confidence,become self critical, and focus on negative thoughts. It may be that you can't stop cleaning or checking and feel out of control. You may find you have become more dependant on alcohol and generally not looking after yourself, possibly feeling isolated and disassociated from what's going on around you. You may having difficulty with mood fluctuations or notice that you become more angry than usual.
As human beings we can all experience these feelings and there is often a reason for us feeling this way. It maybe past events making us less resilient or intolerable current stress making us more vulnerable. Sometimes it's about what's happened to you rather than what's "wrong" with you. We cannot help this and we are certainly not to blame. Psychological problems are extremely common and with effective therapy you can overcome your problems,learn to manage your symptoms and regain control of your life.
As a registered member of professional bodies (BACP & BABCP), I adhere to a strict code of ethics, receive regular supervision and keep up to date with training. I am also CRB checked.
What to expect
This is the first step to see if my approach may be of value and for you to see how you feel working with me.
We can either meet in private,comfortable rooms in the centre of Shrewsbury or if appropriate in your home or workplace. The session will last for one hour and I will explain how we will work together and answer any questions you may have. This is the first big step and understandably you may have concerns about therapy and what to expect. I hope to put your mind at ease. In this session we will focus and obtain an overview of your problems, how they affect you and plan for further therapy sessions if you wish to proceed.You may need time to decide if you want to go ahead. This is fine, there is no obligation to continue unless we both think therapy may be beneficial. If you wish to proceed we can book future appointments at the assessment appointment .No long wait.
These last for up to an hour and can either be in your home,workplace (if appropriate) or in counselling rooms in the centre of Shrewsbury.
It’s difficult to say how many sessions you may need, as that will depend on several factors. I offer a course of six sessions as this gives you time to settle into therapy and for change to occur. I can offer less or more depending on your needs. It is not uncommon for more complex problems to require more therapy. We will review after each session to make sure the therapy is helping you and work at your pace. It’s important for you to feel comfortable and safe. We will work in a collaborative manner and in time I hope we will gain an understanding of why you may be feeling this way, what may be maintaining these thoughts,feelings and behaviours and share tools and strategies to help manage them.
I offer a non-judgmental confidential service with a friendly, down to earth approach. I hope working with me will enable you to work towards recovery and get on with your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse 1980
Registered Mental Health Nurse 1983
Certificate in counselling 1990
Diploma in counselling 2005
Graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2008
Supervision of Psychological Therapists 2009
As part of my professional development I have also attended training in the following
CBT and Mental Health Problems
Attachment theory and relevance in relationships
Rethinking Psychiatric Drug treatment
Voices of Women with Aspergers
Introduction to Aspergers syndrome
Abuse Trauma and Dissociation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Clinical Risk Training
Trauma and the Body
CBT workshops including
Anxiety Traps,General anxiety disorder (GAD), Self esteem, Social Anxiety ,Panic Disorder,Worry.
Behavioural Activation for Depression
Compassion Focused Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specific phobias including spiders,thunder .
Sexual abuse and trauma.
Bi polar disorder
Assessment session £40
Therapy session £50
Course of six therapy sessions £250
Free initial phone or e mail consultation.I will always try and respond as soon as possible.Thankyou.
I am experienced in working with people in their own homes. This maybe because of ill health, disability or an anxiety disorder . Initially a home visit may feel more comfortable. This can be arranged if you prefer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please call 07541 352591 or email for a free initial consultation or to ask any questions you might have. I'll return your call as soon as I can if I'm unavailable. Thank you.
Types of client