Suzanne Oakes Bsc.Hons, Dip. Coun, member BACP.
01453 453984 / 07930 212124
Hello and thank you for looking at my profile, my name is Suzanne and I am a qualified experienced Counsellor and a member of the BACP, adhering to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, which ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients’ best interests always at the heart of my work.
Having personally experienced mental health difficulties I feel I have the necessary perspective to help people working through difficult times in their own lives, with empathy and compassion. Contact me to receive personalised therapy in your own home, with weekday, weekend and evening appointments available all over Stroud and Cirencester, to achieve your individual wellbeing goals.
I have over thirteen years experience working with people who need support with their mental health including general anxiety, depression, healthy long term weight loss, lack of confidence, social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, workplace stress, constant worrying, relationship difficulties, increasing motivation and counselling.
Having personally received counselling and therapy I understand it can be hard to take the first step, but I do everything I can to make it as easy as possible for you to get necessary support.
Everyone has a time in their life when they struggle and people should get the help and support they need to work through problems and improve their lives. By working on your emotional wellbeing you can build your resilience and reduce your reaction to the stresses of life.
I offer person centred counselling to support individuals and give them the outlet to tell their story, we can then work together to find ways to help reduce the impact traumatic events can have on a person's life.
Free first session
Your first 1:1 session will be free of charge to give you the chance to discuss your individual needs, without the need for payment. Everybody is different, and it is important that you feel I am the right counsellor for you. Flexible evening and weekend appointments available.
I cover Stroud and Cirencester with flexible appointment times, in your home, at a time that suits you. Some appointments are available in Brockworth or Gloucester. I also offer Skype, email and telephone sessions to people from any location, please send me an email or give me a ring for more information.
Healthy weight loss
Sometimes individuals struggle with eating healthily and happily and need counselling in order to work towards sustainable healthy long term weight loss. I am an experienced NHS Health trainer and have helped many people lose weight and keep it off long term. This support will help you learn what works for you and how to make a lifetime lifestyle change.
This approach isn't about fast weight loss that will just go back on, instead it is about examining your emotional relationship with food and creating more positive cycles of behaviour. Please contact me to find out if this type of counselling could be beneficial to you.
Suzanne can support you to access places or situations that you have been avoiding with exposure therapy sessions set in the community. This is based on gradually helping you to learn how to manage and cope in avoided places and how to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings. This approach will build your confidence and stop your world from getting too isolated.
Client testimonials- 1:1 sessions
“I found Suzy to be very easy to talk to, she put me at ease and I felt she could relate to me having gone through mental illness herself. I have made huge progress since I started the sessions as evidenced by my family noticing huge positive changes in me. I would highly recommend Suzy to anyone who is nervous about counselling”
"Suzy has completely changed my life, I had long standing Obsessive Compulsive disorder, her patience and understanding gave me my life back"
“Suzy helped me to lose one and a half stone in a healthy way, which I never would have done without her, she deserves a huge pat on the back for her work with me”
“I am very happy with everything Suzy helped me with, she listened to my thoughts and needs and helped me find myself and my self-worth. I am happier than I have been in a long time and would recommend therapy to anybody”
Client testimonials - Marriage counselling
"Suzy saved our marriage, she helped us work through our problems and now we are back in the good place that we used to be in."
"Counselling helped us learn how to communicate better, without things escalating, we can laugh together again and we now understand what the other person needs"
Bespoke training courses
Suzanne is an experienced, enjoyable trainer offering a range of Cognitive Behavioural, Anxiety management, Wellbeing and Healthy Weight Loss courses, meeting the specific needs of organisations and individuals, please enquire for more information. Prices are affordable, starting from £50 per participant for a one day course, Wellbeing training reduces absence rates, improves mood and productivity and can help employees cope with change in the workplace.
Mental Health First Aid.
Suzanne is an knowledgeable Mental Health First Aider instructor, learn to be a Mental Health First Aider with Suzanne, either as an individual or with your organisation. Mental Health First Aider is a registered qualification that will give you the skills and confidence to respond to emotional crisis, and it will help you to learn to manage your own wellbeing.
This two day course is professionally facilitated and delivered by Suzanne and is available throughout England and can be delivered flexibly to meet your needs, spread over weekdays, weekends or evenings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person centred Counsellor with an Honours degree in Psychology, an experienced NHS Health Trainer with a post graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural therapy. I have experience providing professional coaching, and have previously worked as a CBT therapist, Counsellor and Assistant Psychologist working with a range of client groups.
While working as a CBT therapist and counsellor I have helped many people with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, social anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias.
Currently I work part-time for the NHS as a Health and Wellbeing Counsellor. I always treat clients as individuals and adapt my approach to help an individual successfully achieve their goals. I always use compassion, empathy and unconditional positive regard to help a client unlock their potential in a non-judgemental safe atmosphere.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Exposure therapy
- Healthy long term weight loss
- Emotional wellbeing
- Professional coaching
- Head injury/ Learning difficulty specialist
- Depression and Anxiety specialist
- Workplace stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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Please contact me on 07930212124 to book an appointment or to find out what therapy entails. You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An hour session is £40, with the first session free of charge. I will come to your own home at a time that suits you, you can pay for sessions by cash or cheque. Please ring for more information, it is never too late to start on the path to wellbeing!
Please note different fees apply for insurance companies and reports, please email for a very competitive quotation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available for home visits on weekdays, evenings and weekends in Stroud and Cirencester. Telephone, email and skype sessions available, appointments at a time that is convenient for you.
Types of client
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