St Albans House
St Albans Road
01785 33 69 00 / 074111 78380
I am a UKCP registered and NLPtCA accredtited psychotherapist and counsellor, working in private practice. I offer face-to-face as well as telephone and on-line (Skype) or FaceTime (Apple) therapy, Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm (last appointment) and Saturday mornings. Evening appointments are very popular and there may be a short waiting list. I offer some concessions. Please contact me for details
Through my practice - Embodied Living - I offer psychotherapy and counselling services. I am an experienced and fully qualified psychotherapist with many hours' experience with hundreds of clients across a wide range of presenting problems.
I am also a yoga teacher, therapeutic coach and trainer. I was previously executive trustee of the International Stress Management Association and co-founder of the Coaching Foundation – West Midlands. I have been working with people therapeutically for over seven years.
I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, NLP and therapeutic models for over 10 years, and training/coaching for over seven years. My unique, multimodality approach to working with individuals is inspired by my own experience of the power of these modalities to change my life in a deep and transforming way. My work is influenced by yoga, breath work, mindfulness, self relations therapy, and neuro-linguistic psychotherapy. By working with the positive aspects of problem and symptoms, I help people cultivate balance and harmony in their lives.
Sometimes our problems can seem too overwhelming or difficult to understand. Yet somehow they keep happening. We bury our head in the sand and hope they will go away, yet they don't. Sometimes all we want is to get back to 'normal', get back to 'being me'.
Talking to a therapist or counsellor is talking to someone who is totally accepting, non-judgemental, understands because he or she has gone through their own difficulties and come out the other side. It is someone who is outside your family and friends circle. A therapist is there just for you and will not only listen but help you find ways to make a difference to your life. This will help you to sort out why you are like you are, why you do what you do, why you have your problem and provide you with a more balanced, content and confident outlook on life.
What Can You Expect From Therapy?
Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy (NLPt) goes much deeper than CBT and even neurolinguistic programming (NLP), in that it looks for the way the client has ‘constructed’ their experience of the world and, by exploring ‘how’ people think, identifying successful outcomes and then applying these successful actions or beliefs in ways which work. Whilst the client is always in control of the overall direction of the work, and indeed each session, much of the focus is on working with the client to help them find their own solutions, hence it is very powerful.
In NLP therapy the therapist acts like an explorer, often not knowing how each session will emerge, going with the client’s need and having the overall outcome in mind at all times. A basic belief of neurolinguistic psychotherapy is that the client already has all the answers and solutions within their own unconscious mind and body-mind system, and the therapists job is to reveal them and collaboratively put them to use. My skill lies in paying exquisite attention and enabling the client to discover the inner structure that is generating the presenting problem, so that the client begins to have a clear feeling of what restructuring would serve them better.
Depending on the presenting issue and desired outcome the therapy can typically be brief and short-term (up to 10 hours) or for others more long-term work is needed. In my work I aim to quickly get to the source of the problem, and do not need to dwell too much on personal history, only using it to look for less productive ‘patterning’ to restructure the client’s model of the world to a more productive and useful one for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
She has a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy (masters level) and has over 600 hours face to face training, a 2 week clinical placement and a 24,000 word dissertation to complete her psychotherapy qualification and is now finishing her UKCP registration. She has trained at Postgraduate level in neurolinguistic psychotherapy. She is committed to at least 14 days CPD each year for her own personal development. So far: she has over 1,000 hours face to face training.
She has also done 14 days of face to face trainer training, so understands the principles and practice of good teaching. She has been teaching / training for over 7 years.
Sue’s Qualifications and Credentials:
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (reg. No. 2011165086)
NLPtCA Accredited Psychotherapist
- Post Graduate Diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt Dip) - 2013
- Certified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist - 2011
- Advanced Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (over 120 days NLP training) - 2011
- Accredited therapeutic coach (INLPTA) - 2005
- Qualified Yoga and Yoga nidra teacher (BWY Dip), (Yoga Academy/Satyananda accredited) - 2006
- Foundation course in Shiatsu and diploma in acupressure (SAC Dip) - 2010
- Accredited executive coach (Academy of Executive Coaching) - 2007
- Certified trainer of business-focused NLP (ANLP) - 2007
- NLP Certificate in Teaching Excellence (Society of NLP)
- MSc and BSc (Hons) degrees - Aston University (1991) and University of Aberdeen (1992)
- Member of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA)
- Member of the Neuro-linguistic Psychotherapy and Counseling Association (NLPtCA)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I provide workshops when requested by groups or organisations, on Resilience and Stress management, Communication skills and Confidence Building, Building Inner Power, Tapping into the Power of your Unconscious Mind. Optimum number of participants: 12-15
Please email me for further information.
I run yoga courses, workshops and retreats tailored to individual requirements.
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Standard rate is £45 for hourly sessions.
I offer a unique approach to payment where you pay what your income allows, on a sliding scale mutually agreed. The first two sessions are paid at standard rate - see website for details:
I have a light, airy and spacious space with plenty of parking, close to Junction 14 of the M6. Disabled access is excellent.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturdays 9.30am to 12 noon
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|