Dr Sue Whitcombe, Chartered Psychologist, DCounPsych, MA, PGCE, DipPsych, BSc

Dr Sue Whitcombe, Chartered Psychologist, DCounPsych, MA, PGCE, DipPsych, BSc

Pen-y-bont Ar Ogwr


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Pen-y-bont Ar Ogwr


About me

Hello – I’m Sue.  I’m a counselling psychologist and the founder of Family Psychology Solutions.  I work with children, young people, adults, couples and families offering assessment, counselling and psychological therapy. for a range of mental health, relationship and life stage issues. This includes:

  • separation and divorce, family issues, parent-child relationship difficulties, blended families, attachment disorder, family conflict, estrangement
  • relationship issues, sex problems, intimacy, infidelity  and other couples issues
  • redundancy, becoming a parent, bereavement and loss, transitions in young adulthood, being a carer, retirement
  • depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, phobias and PTSD
  • low self-esteem, performance anxiety
  • domestic violence, abuse

My experience includes work with adults with relationship difficulties, transitions and adjustments (personal and occupational) and common mental health issues. I have worked with children and young people from the age of 3, including family work and multi-disciplinary work with schools.  My specialist expertise is focused on working with family breakdown, supporting children, parents and the whole family.  I have worked in GP surgeries and specialist NHS services for complex mental health presentations including bipolar disorders, personality issues and psychosis.

As an integrative counselling psychologist I tailor therapy to meet your individual needs and circumstances. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy.  My approach is compassion focussed, relationship based and draws on a number of approaches.  Where appropriate, my therapy includes cognitive behavioural (CBT) and solution focused approaches, motivational interviewing, family work, play therapy, narrative and life-story work.  Whatever your particular situation, we always begin with a holistic assessment.  This enables you to explore what changes will be helpful and helps us tailor your therapy to you. Working together, our aim is to facilitate the changes you choose to make, to live a healthier, more positive life.

The idea of seeing a psychologist or a counsellor can often feel quite daunting or intimidating. You might be apprehensive, or sceptical; you will probably have a lot of unanswered questions. I offer introductory sessions wihich are free of charge.  This is your opportunity to ask those questions - to find out a little bit more about what therapy involves and what you can expect.  This is also an opportunity for you to consider whether I am the right therapist for you.  There is quite a lot of research evidence to suggest that the relationship between you and your therapist is the most important factor in therapy.

After this initial session, we will discuss how we can move forward together – we will agree roughly how long we will work together and how we will work together. If you don’t feel I am the right therapist for you, that’s fine.  It is important you feel comfortable and I will be happy to suggest other therapists and psychologists who you may feel more comfortable with.

Therapy is available at my Middlesbrough premises and I offer home visits where appropriate for individual clients.  Arrangements can be made for therapeutic work at other locations throughout the North East

Please feel free to email me, sue.whitcombe@familypsychologysolutions.org ,or call me on 01642 384632 if you have any questions or to book your free initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as my private work, I occasionally teach at a local University and deliver training in mental health and issues surrounding family breakdown.  I offer consultancy services to the legal profession, mental and general health providers, the social care and education sector and am instructed as an Expert Witness in Private Family Proceedings. 

Prior to my work as a psychologist, I worked in education as a teacher and advisory teacher for children and young people with a range of additional needs and difficulties, including emotional and behavioural difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and communication difficulties.

My qualifications are:

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • MA in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • BSc Industrial Technology and Management

I am:

  • a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • a member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
  • a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parental alienation

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The initial consultation usually lasts about 60 minutes, and is free of charge.

Therapy and assessment sessions are usually 50 minutes and are charged at £60 per session.

I also offer psychological therapy through AVIVA and AXA private health care.

I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions.  Please ask about these at the initial consultation.

Early morning, evening and weekend appointments are available.

Additional charges may apply for appointments outside of the Middlesbrough premises.

Further information

Please contact me if you would like to discuss how I can help your organisation in terms of consultancy, bespoke training, developing services and supervision. I am also available to discuss collaborative research projects.

Maps & Directions

Bridgend, CF31

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Appointments are available throughout the week including early morning, evening and Saturday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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