Suzanne Otto MBACP, Couns. Dip, Post Grad. Dip. in CBT
01883 713 882 / 07905 052 235
The Service I Offer:
When we have difficulties in our lives we may find we need to talk things through with someone other than family or friends. Having counselling or therapy can often help by supporting you through difficult times, or help you to make changes – It can give you a space to explore doubts and uncertainties or to explore options and personal choices in a supportive environment.
- I can work short-term, offering solution focused therapy, which aims to work with you to help you think about troubling situations and circumstances in a problem-solving, task-orientated way.
- For short to medium term work I offer CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) which can help you find alternative ways of thinking about different situations. Please see my page for a description of how CBT can help. I enhance traditional CBT with mindfulness based CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion focused therapy.
- I can also offer longer-term counselling. Please see my page for a description of how counselling can help.
I work with individuals (aged 18 years and over) offering once weekly sessions each lasting 50 minutes.
Areas of difficulties I deal with: Abuse• Anxiety• Bullying• Cancer• Career counselling• Child related issues• Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME• Depression• Disabilities• Emotional abuse• Generalised anxiety disorder• Infertility• Low self-confidence• Low self-esteem• Miscarriage• Obsessive compulsive disorder• Panic disorder• Phobias• Physical abuse• Post-traumatic stress disorder• Postnatal depression• Pregnancy and birth• Seasonal affective disorder• Sexual abuse• Spirituality• Stress• Trauma• Work related stress• Social anxiety• Health anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
I always had an interest in mental health issues whilst working as a State Registered Nurse in the NHS for 9 years.
I then qualified as a Health Visitor taking an interest in mother’s mental health issues for nearly 20 years.
Whilst still working as a Health Visitor I studied and qualified as an Integrative Counsellor gaining a Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2002. To gain and maintain my skills I worked part time as a volunteer counsellor at Mind in Croydon (a well respected mental health charity) for nearly 5 years.
I gave up being employed as a Health Visitor to study for my Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies (CBT) which I obtained in 2011. Throughout the training, and subsequently, I have been employed in either the NHS or a mental health charity IAPT services. This stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
I regularly update and refresh my knowledge and skills in Psychological Therapies every year as required by the BABCP to maintain my Full Accreditation.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Health Anxiety (formerly known as Hypochondriasis), Social Anxiety (formerly known as Social Phobia).
My charges are £60 for weekdays and £70 for Saturdays. However fees are negotiable..
Initial assessment sessions will always require the full fee.
I cannot offer longer term counselling on Saturdays.
Please try to give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a session.
Regrettably, if you give less than 24 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling, you will be charged for the lost session at my discretion.
If you are unsure about booking an initial assessment session please call or text me and then we can have a brief chat about whether therapy can help you and your difficulties.
Therapy room access: There are 3 steps down to the ground floor therapy room entrance but there is no handrail. Then there is one step over a threshold.
My practice is in the East Surrey area and is very close to Westerham in West Kent.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and all day Fridays or Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|