Susan Freedman , Counsellor/Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred).
I recognise that at different times in our lives, we may experience issues and challenges that are overwhelming and difficult to cope with. This may be especially so as we face the new challenge and experience of Covid-19. I am finding that Covid-19 is adding another layer of stress or anxiety to whatever else is going on in people's lives, whether it be in relationships, work related stress, redundancy, bereavement or adjusting to life after contracting Covid-19.
I also acknowledge that it may be difficult to find the space or privacy to take your concerns or to focus on your own needs. I am now offering therapy either by Zoom or telephone where we can explore any issues and difficulties or painful feelings you may be experiencing in a confidential environment where you will not be judged.
We may also explore past experiences as these may be linked to current difficulties. Although my core training was psychodynamic I will often incorporate some aspects of person-centred, solution focussed, or CBT theory into my practice.
I have extensive experience counselling at a Hospice and at a Cancer Support Charity, a GP surgery, and in my Private Practice. I have worked with many issues including: abuse, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, cancer and other chronic and life threatening illnesses, child related issues, low self esteem, loss, relationship and family issues, stress, trauma, work related issues and more recently Covid-19. I have worked with individual adults of all ages and from many different cultural and social backgrounds.
If you are looking for therapeutic help or are unsure whether it is for you, I hope that you will allow yourself to contact me. Initially I will offer you an assessment where we can think about your difficulties, and decide together whether counselling/psychotherapy is appropriate for you at this time.
I offer both long term and short term therapy.
I am a recognized Healthcare Provider with Aviva Health, BUPA, Nuffield Health, Cigna Healthcare, PruHealth and WPA.
When I return to face to face therapy, my private practice is conducted from consulting rooms at Bushey Therapy Centre, 85 Melbourne Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3LZ and is accessible by car (parking available) or by public transport from London, Watford, Stanmore, Edgware, Elstree, Borehamwood, Oxhey, Shenley, St Albans, Pinner and Hertfordshire.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
- Counselling for Depression (CfD) Counsellor
- University of Hertfordshire Diploma in Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling
- Cancer Support Certificate
- BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
- I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and adhere to the strict ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- As well as Private Practice, I have extensive experience of counselling for a bereavement service, cancer support charity, a GP practice and in a Primary School.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cancer and chronic and life-threatening illnesses
Daytime and early evening
During this Covid-19 Pandemic I am only offering counselling by telephone, Skype or Zoom.