Susan Mayfield Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred) BPC Reg
I am an experienced, accredited counsellor offering a professional service to individuals and couples in calm, private rooms in the 'Suffolks' area of Cheltenham, close to easy parking. I can offer short or longer term, face-to-face counselling. I also offer specialized writing therapy as some people find writing things down easier than talking and find that ordering their thoughts on paper increases well-being and lessens anxiety.
People seek counselling for many reasons. Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, depression or panic attacks or are simply feeling sad? You may be experiencing relationship difficulties or suffering from stress-related illness? Perhaps something's happened - recently or in the past - that's affecting how things are for you now? Or maybe you want to make some changes but feel stuck in destructive patterns of behaviour or mood?
Counselling offers a confidential space to explore your thoughts and feelings, working through difficulties in order to live differently. Sometimes it's hard to talk, but saying things out loud to a skilled person can often make you feel less isolated and overwhelmed.
I have experience of working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties but am particularly skilled and experienced in working with the impact of sexual abuse, cancer, mid-life changes, bereavement, loss and sexual problems.
I work psycho-dynamically, considering the bigger picture, especially the ways in which present difficulties may be connected to events or dynamics in the past. Sometimes we unconsciously repeat old patterns and understanding the origins of our feelings and responses can enable us to approach life differently. My approach is warm, down-to-earth and non-judgemental.
My training and qualifications integrate counselling, literature and education and I bring many years’ experience of working in a range or settings including GP practices, hospitals and schools. A background in the arts and contact with faith communities makes me well-placed to work with difficulties relating to creativity or spirituality.
I am a Registrant of BPC and an Accredited Member of the BACP (MBACP Accred). I practice according to the BACP and BPC ethical frameworks.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (wpf)
- Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling (UWE)
- BA Hons English Literature (University of Oxford)
- PGCE (University of Bristol)
I am committed to ongoing professional development and have recently undertaken further training in:
- Trauma and Dissociative Disorder
- Attachment Issues
- Time-Limited Therapy
- Couples Counselling
- Sexual Desire and Dysfunction
In addition to private practice I am employed by a county-wide counselling agency as a counsellor and trainer.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transition and change
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£45 for a 50 minute individual session.
£65 for a 60 minute couple session.
Concessions may be available - please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer daytime or evening appointments Monday-Thursday and also weekend appointments if required.
Types of client
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