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I'M SORRY, I DO NOT HAVE ANY AVAILABILITY AT PRESENT. Hi, I’m Sue. I am a warm, approachable BACP Accredited therapist, offering counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties.
I have over 18 years’ experience of working offering short-term and long-term therapy in various voluntary organisations, private practice and I have worked for over 9 years offering counselling within the NHS to individuals and couples experiencing depression, anxiety and stress.
People look for therapy when they are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. It may be that they are struggling with their emotions, feel stuck, out of control, and feel unable to speak to family or friends.
How I work
All people are individuals and unique, and as such, different people have different needs from therapy. Counselling can be a place to explore thoughts and feelings, identify ways of thinking and interacting with others, and uncovering root causes to long standing issues. A person may be looking for tools to resolve their problems or ways of coping. I work using predominantly a person-centred approach, although I do integrate elements of emotion-focused therapy, transactional analysis and CBT; drawing on many useful resources to enable me to meet different client’s needs.
I have extensive experience of working with people experiencing depression, anxiety and stress and the life events that have influenced this; childhood issues, abuse, low self-esteem, difficulties expressing anger, sexual issues, health problems, relationship issues, bereavement, trauma and childhood trauma. I also have specific experience of working with issues of work stress and burn-out.
I work with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship. I aim to facilitate improving a couple's relationship through working together on the things that are creating unhappiness. This can help both partners to move on from stuck and often difficult patterns of interaction. This in turn can lead to a happier and more fulfilling relationship. Couple therapy can help improve communication, manage difficulties and work towards resolving the problems in the relationship.
Common issues that bring couples to therapy
• Lack of trust
• Lack of communication
• Different sexual needs or other sexual issues
• Family conflicts
• Betrayal or an affair
• Controlling behaviour
• Financial issues
• Life changes
• Repeating patterns of stress in the relationship
I aim to build a therapeutic relationship of respect, empathy and genuineness and to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment where you are listened to and accepted for who you are. By exploring your issues in therapy, this can lead to a better understanding of yourself and how you think, giving you a clearer understanding of your problems. I appreciate that therapy can be a difficult, emotional experience, so I work with you, at your pace, to facilitate you finding your own answers, and making the changes you want to your life; either externally or within yourself, to enable you to move forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working in various voluntary organisations and the NHS. I have worked in private practice for over fourteen years, seeing private clients, counselling students and clients through Employee Assistance Programmes. I have extensive experience of working with people experiencing depression, anxiety and stress and the life events that have influenced this; childhood issues, abuse, low self-esteem, difficulties expressing anger, sexual issues, health problems, relationship issues, bereavement, trauma and childhood trauma. I also have specific experience of working with issues of work stress and burnout.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2004, with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. I trained as a couples counsellor in 2007. I am accredited and registered with BACP and I am on the UK register of counsellors. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor. I work hard to continue with professional development to enhance my practice and the therapy I offer.
- Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Dewsbury College 2004
- Certificate in Counselling Couples, Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute 2007
- BACP Accreditation, 2009
- Inner Child Therapy, Penny Parks Training Institute 2010
- Understanding and working with trauma in the therapeutic process, Cornerstone counselling, 2010
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis 101 course, Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute 2011
- Working with Anger, Cornerstone counselling, 2011
- Accreditation in Couple Therapy for Depression, The Tavistock Centre 2012
- Working with bereavement, Cruse bereavement 2012
- Counselling for Depression, York St John University 2013 (ongoing)
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision, Counselling Xtra 2015
- Working with medically unexplained symptoms, South & West Yorkshire Counselling 2017
- Working with Trauma, Complex trauma training 2017
- Working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma, Complex trauma training, 2017
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Individuals: £50 per session (50 minutes). Couples: £60 per session (60 minutes).
£75 per session (1.5 hours)
When I work
I currently offer face to face appointments Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the day, and Tuesday, Thursday evenings. I offer remote sessions on Wednesday daytime and evening.