Susanna Hoare UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Susanna Hoare UKCP Registered Psychotherapist


0117 932 4323

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced accredited psychotherapist who has a worked with a wide range of people and issues including anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties and have recently completed a diploma in Specialist Psychotherapy with ex-boarders   I offer psychotherapy in Bitton which is within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, Keynsham and other surrounding areas of South Gloucestershire.  I am available weekdays and evenings.

I work in a relational body oriented way which is based upon my theoretical training and I feel I have a warm, friendly and engaged manner which helps my clients to feel comfortable.  The relationships we have had in the past have helped shape who we are now.  It can be confusing to repeatedly feel and act in ways that are destructive and unsatisfying while simultaneously feeling unable to change.

My approach to working relationally includes developing a collaborative enquiry to help you make sense of your responses and reactions  in the ‘here and now’.  By understanding how your past history impacts your current life you may become clearer about how you think and feel so that the quality of relationship you have within you and to others becomes easier.

We can do something consciously in the present moment only if we are aware of what is actually happening in that moment.  When we begin to pay attention to our inner and outer experiences we are able to notice our habitual patterns of thinking and acting. Body/mind are not inseparable although often we have lost the ability to see and feel what is being communicated.

By listening to what is going on in the body, and we can unpack “the experience” into separate strands of thoughts, emotions and felt sensations.  The experience is still present, but our awareness of each element introduces some space, and the curiosity we bring to the “unpacking”  creates  a sense of perspective; we relate to our experience differently, and that changes how we feel about it and this can make a difference when needing to find out who you are and where you are going.

If you are seeking  psychotherapy in Bristol, Bath or Keynsham, please feel free to contact me on 0117 932 4323.

Training, qualifications & experience


I undertook an intensive 4 year MA in Core Process psychotherapy training at the Karuna Institute which is one of the original Mindfulness based psychotherapy trainings.


I am an accredited psychotherapist registered with UKCP.

I am a member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists.

I have a Certificate in Addictions Counselling.

I am committed to ongoing professional development as well as to deepening my own personal development and have recently completed a diploma in specialist psychotherapy with ex-boarders.

I am an approved Affiliate Counsellor with an Employer Assistance Provider (EAP).

For published article, "Boarding School, the Happiest Days of Your Life?"  Please visit


Before starting my psychotherapy training I worked for 18 years in abstinence based addiction services. I became aware that using drugs and alcohol cut us off from our feelings and body so that we become frozen and numb and unable to connect with ourself and others. Coming out of the trauma of addiction meant reclaiming our body and vitality and getting to know our ways of thinking and feeling which often contain automatic patterns of relating and keep us caught in habits which  are unsatisfying and self-destructive.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy

Existential crisis, lack of purpose and meaning

The Boarding School Experience

Going away to boarding school requires children to have to adapt to survive institutional living. The effects of childhood separation can have long-lasting effects which continue to appear in present relationships.  Institutions deprive children of love, warmth and affection.  The sudden rupture of separation from family, friends, pets is frightening and confusing causing distress to children.

Some of the adaptations include shutting down feelings, avoiding speaking about feelings either your own or others, problems with intimacy and trust, appearing confident on the outside which masks inner insecurities and vulnerabilities, self-sufficiency as a means of keeping possible support out of reach.


The first meeting is free and gives time to talking about your needs and expectations.

My fee is £50 for a 60 minute session.

Concessional spaces available upon request.

Further information

My practice is in Bitton which is within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, Keynsham, Oldland Common, Hanham, Emersons Green, Warmley, Kingswood, Chipping Sodbury, Yate, Stroud, Warminster.

Free parking available.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS30

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening appointments

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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