07786 333 466
I practice a contemplative and compassionate therapeutic approach, recognising the uniqueness of each journey and of each person. I aim to create and hold a safe space for reflection where clients are heard, seen and feel met fully. I give space to the client to experience whatever is uppermost for them in the present moment. This moment guides the client to where the focus needs to be and a movement towards deep knowing, freedom from suffering and a move into well-being.
One of the things I value in my work as a psychotherapist/counsellor is seeing the change in people, watching them become happier as the work progresses. Clients come to therapy for many reasons, and all clients come with a wishful hope to improve their quality of life. It takes courage and/or desperation to find a start for change and to phone a therapist.
I am touched many times by the relational depth that is possible and how this empowers the client. It is like a light of energy through which the client can celebrate their aliveness and capacity for self-care. If the client wishes, we can work with paint or clay, playing with colours and shapes. In moments of creativity it is possible to let go of emotional pain and come into contact with a different part of ourselves. In this non-judgemental space we can become centred and grounded, creating a space within ourselves, from which to work with those emotions or issues that brought the client into this work.
THIS REFLECTS MY PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE :
'Trungpa Rinpoche often says, make friends with yourselves. That friendship is the basis for all relatedness. In particular, it is the model for the conduct of psychotherapy’
(Smith, K. 2005, in Chögyam Trungpa The Sanity We Are Born With, Boston: Shambala p.XI ).
Friendship with yourself means to know who you are, and what makes you that way; and to approach change just as friends help each other to adapt and develop. He also says that in a Buddhist version of the fairytale about a frog prince, the frog does not turn into a prince, but is crowned as a frog - just as he is.
clients reviews :
"Over the past 9 months of seeing Susanne weekly, she has helped me in coming to terms with the unanticipated ending of a longstanding relationship.It has been a very painful time and I have always felt emotionally held and understood by Susanne, as she has facilitated me to express the depth of my sadness and other feelings, reflect on the dynamics of our past relationship and supported me to re-build my self-confidence and think about my options.Thank you"
I first found Susanne five years ago and over the course of that time I have rediscovered my true self. I have had time away from counselling, but each time we have reconnected I have taken more steps forward.
Susanne allowed me to find myself in a safe and supportive space, I have found her practice to be gentle but strong. I have felt listened to and challenged. Through this process I was able to discover the walls that held me back, find the strength to break the walls down and then the courage to rebuild my life.
When I first came to therapy with Susanne I was in a very depressed and suicidal state of mind. With time and weekly sessions I started to notice what made my life most difficult and what choices I had got. I felt supported, listened to and challenged. Susanne seemed to have a real sense for the problem underlaying my presenting problem.
I became aware that I did not fit into a box. A sense of freedom grew in me and I find it much easier to accept myself now.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapeutic Practice from Karuna Institute and Middlesex University.
I am a Registered Member of MBACP(Accredited)
I am also a potter, sculptress and painter.
I am a wife and mother.
I was raised in Germany, lived in many places in the world and have settled in the UK since many years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with any of the above so called categories, but I believe in the individual and the suffering connected to it. I am very happy to look with you at the person as a whole human being.
I offer weekly one-to-one hour long sessions for long term work. But I also offer short term work 8 – 12 sessions. The cost is £40.00 per hour with some reduced rate spaces
If you like to find out more about the way I work, please ring:
07786 333 466
If you would like we can arrange a session to see if we could work together
I abide by the Code of Ethics British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Code of Ethics of the The Karuna Institute (in Devon) where I undertook my training. I am an accredited member of BACP.
Maps & Directions
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