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M.A, B.Sc.(Hons), Adv Dip Counselling, Cert Casework Supervision

About me

Hi, I'm Susan, an experienced Person-centred Counsellor, thank you for taking a look at my profile. I work with a lot of people who need someone to listen as they feel anxious or depressed, or have become overloaded with life’s problems and stresses. Although I am a well qualified and experienced Counsellor, I am just an ordinary person who values other people.

I became a Counsellor because I experienced its value as a client when I was a mature student at the Lancashire Poly (Uclan) in 1989. I was having difficulties with juggling deadlines, managing the commitments and responsibilities of being a parent, and enduring severe PMT symptoms, and I found it really helpful being able to have support from the student counselling service there. 



Valuing this experience so highly, I decided to follow my psychology degree with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Wigan College, and undertook my placement at UCLAN, in the hope that I could offer people the type of heartfelt support I had received myself.

Once qualified I set up and ran the first Student Counselling Service of a Further Education College, and gained extensive experience of counselling young people, mature students and staff members over the three years I was there. In private practice as a Counsellor since 1995, I have counselled many, many people with all kinds of issues over this time.

I have a history of working on counsellor training courses across the north west since 1993, and have been a counselling supervisor since 2002, supervising both qualified and trainee counsellors, and also as professional consultant to other supervisors.

Please get in touch if you think I may be able to help, or if you want any further information. Thanks.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology 1991
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling 1992
  • Adult Education Teaching Certificate 1995
  • M.A in Counselling 2000
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision 2002
  • General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills 2013


Short Courses Attended:

  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Fat is a Feminist Issue ( Eating Disorders - Suzie Orbach)
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Person-centred Expressive Therapy Institute (Level 1)
  • Stress Management
  • Crisis/Disaster Counselling
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Awareness
  • Trauma and the Body
  • Dementia Friends Champion Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

£40 per hour Individuals
£50 per hour Couples
£45 - £60 per hour Organisations

I am happy to consider fee reductions under certain circumstances.

When I work

Weekdays Daytime and Early Evenings

Further information

I became an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy from 2011, after being a Registered Member for several years before that.

Blackpool, Lancs, FY5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person

I am a Person-centred Counsellor and Supervisor based in Blackpool.

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