Susan Blair MBACP, Grad.Dip.Couns.

Susan Blair  MBACP, Grad.Dip.Couns.

Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
NE29

I am unable to take further enquiries until 04-Jan-2017

01912 960126 / 07599 234017

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Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
NE29

01912 960126 / 07599 234017

About me

How can counselling help?

Counselling can give you a safe, calm space, independent and confidential from the rest of your life, to explore any problems you might be experiencing. The counselling relationship helps you to explore your problems and work out the best solutions. I draw on a variety of approaches to help you understand what issues you want to address and to gain insight and understanding of yourself.

What to expect in your first session.

I offer a free introductory session to enable you to "get a feel" for things and decide if this is the way forward for you. During this session we will discuss why you are considering counselling and what you hope to achieve. It will be an opportunity for us to ask questions of each other and to assess what will be helpful.

I have a variety of appointment times available and full information about this and my fees is listed later in my profile. There is street parking outside my practice and good public transport links. There are stairs to my counselling room but if you have a disability we could discuss alternative arrangements.

Integrative Approach

I am an integrative counsellor and work from a client centred basis. I endeavour to provide a warm and safe space for clients to share their problems using a variety of approaches to explore and unblock feelings and to look at how to move forward. I will help clients to challenge themselves constructively and safely within the trust built in the relationship.

Qualified in 2003

I qualified with a graduate diploma in counselling from the University of York St John in 2003. During my training I worked as a volunteer counsellor for York Alcohol Advice Service. After qualifying I developed my private practise taking clients from Yorkshire MESMAC, employee assistance programmes and self referrals. I also worked at a private counselling and psychotherapy centre in Harrogate where I took referrals from doctors, voluntary sector agencies, employers and self referrals. I have worked with a wide variety of problems.

I have experience of working on both a short and long term basis. Short term therapy can be useful for identifying problems and changing behaviour while long term therapy explores the roots of problems and has the potential to provide deep and lasting change. There is no right or wrong way forward it is always an individual process.

I am a registered member of the BACP and am currently involved as a volunteer with ESCAPE family support in Blyth. I also work with Someone Cares in North Shields where I see individual clients, run counselling group work sessions and supervise qualified and student counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of York St John - 2003

Couples Counselling - Relate - 2007

Certificate in Counselling Supervision - Paradigm Campbell Associates - 2016

Certificate in Group Work - The Online Counselling College - 2016

Key Approaches in Counselling - University of York St John - 2001

Motivational Interviewing - York Alcohol Advice Service - 2001

Certificate in Counselling - University of York St John - 2001

During my time as a counsellor I have continued to attend training and professional development courses which have included:-

Creative counselling
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Working with addictive behaviour
Working effectively with bereavement
Working with gay, lesbian and bi-sexual clients
Drugs and addictive behaviour.

I have also attended a peer organised dream workshop and taken part in a doctorate research project looking at counsellors, clients and dreams.

Before becoming a counsellor I worked as a deputy manager at a support service for people with enduring mental health problems and as an assistant co-ordinator at York and Selby Victim Support. I have many years of experience working with people on a one to one basis providing emotional and practical support prior to my counselling career.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room

Fees

My fees are £35.00 per 50 min session for individuals and £40.00 per 50 min session for couples.

Supervision fees are £35.00 per hour (£52.50 for 1.5 hours).

Weekend appointments are £40.00 per 50 min session for individuals and £45.00 per 50 min session for couples.

I offer a free initial consultation session to look at what the issues are, what you want to achieve and what is the best way forward for you. If the "fit" between us doesn't feel constructive I am happy to try and recommend other approaches and counsellors.

Maps & Directions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE29

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I can offer appointments between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00 to 12.00 noon Saturday.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision & training

I offer supervision to qualified and student counsellors.

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