Sue Trevelyan, Couples Counsellor, MBACP (accredited)
I have over twenty years' qualified experience of seeing couples and individuals. We all know there are times when we unexpectedly can feel confused and anxious, and sometimes would like someone there to talk to who can be objective, and with an approach that is not judgmental. Over time I have found that the process helps confidence, awareness and enjoyment of life too! It may be useful to think of going to see a counsellor as an opportunity to put your life and your relationships as a priority, to use your sessions as an empowering and often comforting strategy in uncertainty.
These last an hour and take place in confidential setting in a community building in Knutsford. There is good access including for the disabled, and free parking. Buses and trains are accessible nearby. The sessions last an hour and take place in a safe confidential setting.The number of sessions varies according to clients' wishes. Sometimes there is no 'quick fix', so more than one or two may be useful.
It is important to feel you are making the right choices so do please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you would like to talk before deciding to arrange a meeting.
I will have my mobile to hand before your session so that we can meet easily. You may come alone or with a partner, be married or single, live locally or come from further afield. We will have had a phone conversation to establish who wishes to come, the cost and your contact details.
Your information and your sessions are confidential with the exception of any harm to yourselves or another person coming to light.
Central all ways of working is to explore with you your own ideas and approach, to give time and thought to each to express your concerns. To help with conflicts and lack of communication may be an initial focus, but there may be others too. Towards the end of a session we talk about a focus that may be useful for the week ahead.
All concerns are relevant, however small.
Reasons for seeking counselling
are very varied, and may include
- lack of communication
- work concerns
- loss of a previously happy relationship
- ongoing arguments
- worries about babies, children, fertility
Every concern is of importance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully trained and experienced couples and relationship counsellor, and have worked continuously over 20 years to use different therapeutic approaches (including systemic, psychodynamic, TA, cognitive behavioural, and person centred). Probably no one approach has all the answers, and people seeking help find their answers by searching for them! However, the approaches I use may hopefully offer useful signposts.
4 year diploma, London Marriage Guidance (awarded 1997)
4 years as salaried counsellor with London Marriage Guidance
9 years BACP accredited Relate licensed practitioner in Cumbria
4 years independent BACP accredited practitioner in Cheshire
The diploma training at LMG included training sessions with the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, and I subsequently worked at the Tavistock for two years before moving to Cumbria and then Cheshire.
I have been an accredited counsellor with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2003; my accreditation is updated annually.The BACP website has full details.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
These issues are frequently helped in counselling:
Breakdown of communication; marriage guidance; all issues that may arise at different stages of life in heterosexual, gay and lesbian marriage and relationships; intimacy and connection to sexual desire; deciding to commit; problems in first year of living together; having a baby; couples parenting young children; teenage children, children leaving home; difficulties in deciding not to have children, in not being able to conceive; in deciding to adopt; issues with grandparents; a 'problem' child; loneliness in a relationship; illness; feelings of needing to separate, difficulties in separating; mediation; post-separation tensions including access to children.
Handling ones own emotions, telling a partner about your emotions, what to do when being unsure what you or your partner feels, telling a partner you don't feel heard and/or understood.
Fears of being misunderstood, put down, disregarded, neglected; experiences of abuse and bullying in a relationship.
Learning to tolerate and be interested in people different to ourselves may be one of the most useful outcomes.
Fees are as follows:
£60 per hour's consultation with a couple.
£40 per hour's consultation with an individual person.
Reduced rates are available, dependent on income.
Telephone counselling may involve an initial conversation, with a pre-paid option if further counselling is required.
Cancellation charges Generally the full fee is payable if less than 48 hours (excluding weekends) is given.There is no cancellation fee for missed sessions with due notice given.
A broad-based training
I trained with professional counselling organisations which updated their training continuously to include a wide variety of couple relationship work, emphasising the agency and value of the individual, and to include couples of all ages, ethnic background and sexual orientation, married, cohabiting or living separately, and single adults at any stage.
Remember that people can feel as if they are going crazy in a relationship that seems fine to the outside world. So don't be afraid to seek help.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-7pm; Contact by mobile or email from this site. Please do leave a message if I am not available and I will get back to you on that day if possible.
Types of client