Susan Lofthouse M.A, B.Sc.(Hons), Adv Dip Counselling, Cert Casework Supervision
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with you as the person you are, with whatever types of issues you need to talk about, and aim to support you in finding a way to feel better about yourself so that you can cope better with whatever it is that is bothering you.
£35 per hour Individuals
£45 per hour Couples
£40 - £60 per hour Organisations
I am happy to consider fee reductions under certain circumstances.
I became an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy from 2011, and although this year I have decided to give up BACP Membership since their recent changes, I continue to work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Early Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a Person-centred Counsellor and Supervisor based in Blackpool.View supervision profile