Susan Muir - MBACP (Accred)
I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Supervisor working from a dedicated counselling room in my home in Trinity.
I offer my clients the opportunity to enter into relationship with a Person Centred Therapist in a warm, welcoming, accepting environment. I commit to doing my best to assist you to tease out difficulties, make sense of distress and work out possibilities for positive change. I believe in my work and have witnessed great differences that counselling can create in people's lives.
I am creative in my way of working and draw on my experience in life both personally and professionally. This includes many years working as a Psychiatric Nurse in a busy Social Work Team, in Palliative Care and as a Counsellor in a variety of contexts including the voluntary sector, NHS and Higher Education. My personal experience as a Carer has provided invaluable experience to understand some of the issues that Carers can bring to Counselling and of how difficult it can be to rebuild a life following the death of a loved one who may have been dependant on you.
Is Counselling Right For You?
People come for counselling for all different reasons; from a crisis situation to longer term issues and I aim to accept and welcome each person as an individual, in an atmosphere free from judgement. I believe that counselling offers an opportunity to explore and reflect on any aspect of your life, past or present, in a safe, confidential, professional environment. I believe that we often find the ability to grow and change through the talking, exploring and sharing of often difficult, emotional subjects, in the presence of a skilled Counsellor. My inspiration to continue as a Counsellor is witnessing and being part of the changes and choices people can find themselves able to make in the right, supportive environment.
I understand that it can be hard to make a decision regarding counselling and people often ask me "will this help me?". I believe that one of the most successful indicators of successful work is if the "client" feels comfortable and "right" with therapist and only you will know this.
What To Expect
I offer short and long term counselling to individuals- the decision is yours. Most often counselling sessions take place for one hour weekly, but, I appreciate that this isn't always affordable or manageable and I welcome any discussion around this. Working from home means that I can offer more flexibility with appointments, hopefully finding a time that will fit in with your life.
If you think that you would like to meet with me for counselling you can initially phone or email and we can arrange a suitable day and time. At the first session we can discuss what you might like to get out of counselling, how often you would like to meet and any other relevant issues.It will also give you a chance to decide if you might like to come again and how you feel about us working together. I look forward to hearing from you.
Please visit my website for further information .
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Supervision Aberdeen University 2013
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred and Psychodynamic) Edinburgh University 2007
- BACP Accredited Counsellor
- Registered Mental Nurse,1992
I have worked with people in distress whether this be through mental illness, emotional issues or any other reason since 1992. Initially this was in my role as a Psychiatric Nurse but I have only worked as a Counsellor since 2007.
My experience has been varied and as a Counsellor I have welcomed all issues that clients have shared with me. Many of the clients I have met with have been people living with anxiety and/or depression-deeply unhappy with aspects of their lives but not knowing how to change or address their issues. I particularly welcome you if this is how you are presently feeling and not knowing where to turn. Carers have also been regular clients and I feel I can particularly relate to some of the issues shared as I myself have been a carer.
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic illness
- Issues stemming from childhood neglect or trauma
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- Fees are £45 for 1 hour.
I do ask for payment if cancellation is less than 24 hours notice. I am open to negotiations for those on lower incomes, and I can offer appointments on a variety of days/times and will do my best to work with your availability. If I am unable to offer you an appointment for whatever reason, then I will share any knowledge or provide information to help you find what you are looking for.
There is free parking and my home is close to the Number 23 bus route.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and early evening appointments every weekday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
In August 2013 I completed a Person Centred Counselling Supervision Certificate at The University of Aberdeen.View supervision profile