Sue Noakes Registered MBACP
I am a qualified integrative counsellor working creatively and a registered member of BACP working with adults.
I have many years’ experience working with different people. This includes setting up and working in a Crisis agency, working with people who have all types of dementia as well as with their carers in a support group setting and leading a pastoral care team serving the community. For the last few years I have worked with an agency that sees clients from GP practices. I also have my own counselling practice.
I live in Crawley which is accessible to many areas of Sussex and Surrey.
How Can Counselling Help
We can all experience difficulties at various times in our lives and sometimes it can be helpful to talk to an independent person where you can be heard in a peaceful, non-judgmental and confidential setting. Counselling is a journey where we will explore issues together which are either current or from past experiences, this will empower you to live a more balanced life.
Even if your particular difficulty is not listed below please don't let that put you off contacting me by phone or email to enquire if I do work in that area.
What To Expect
Being an integrative counsellor means I have studied different counselling models and I integrate these in the way I work. However, I am always mindful of my person-centered foundation which emphasises the therapeutic relationship which is central to everything I do.
As well as other ways of working I offer working creatively as sometimes we don’t know what is troubling us, or if we do, we can’t put it into words. Working creatively helps us to find the words.
Working creatively is your choice if you would prefer not to work in this way then there is always an alternative.
These are some of the types of creative things we could do in our sessions together:
Creative Writing – including journaling, writing letters, story-telling, mind-mapping and time-lines.
Creative Tools – using things like figures, sand trays, puppets, nesting dolls and buttons.
Artwork – including drawing and fairy stories.
Inner-Child Work – we all have different parts that make us who we are, there is an adult, parent and child part within us determining how we think, behave, feel and interact with others. Learning to connect to your inner-child can enable you to accept yourself at a deeper level which can then impact your relationships and environment.
The Next Step
You can contact me by phone, text or email whichever suits you the best. If after this you want to arrange to meet, I will, where possible, give you an appointment within a week. This initial appointment is mostly an assessment and will last up to 75 minutes it's where we can discuss what has encouraged you to seek counselling now and to look at your counselling needs. It's also where we can consider if we'd like to work together.
If we both happy to work together an appointment will be made to start counselling. Each session will last for 60 minutes and where possible we will keep to the same time and day each week. At present I can only offer appointments in the day.
I work in a confidential way and we can discuss what this means when we meet.
Like others in the profession I have regular supervision and am committed to Continuous Professional Development which keeps me aware of current practices and new ideas. I am insured and have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service, it used to be CRB).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
- Level 2 Foundation Course in Counselling
- Deep Release Level 2/3
- Deep Release Level 1
- Inner Child
- Anger Management
- Creative Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coping with long term illness
Although I don’t offer concessions I choose to set my fees low making counselling available to a wider group of people.
The Initial assessment session is £30 for a 75 minute session.
Thereafter it's £30 for a 60 minute session.
I offer Creative Therapy
I only work with adults one to one, so at this time do not offer couples counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Where possible I will reply to any emails or phone calls within 36 hours.
Types of client