Sue Hanson MBACP Registered

Sue Hanson MBACP Registered



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About me

Hello, and thank you for taking a couple of minutes to view my profile.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working in North Bolton. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhereing to their Code of Practice and Ethics.
Please see my areas of training below.

I decided to change career after being at home, bringing up our two daughters for many years. I have to say, the thought of returning to College, felt quite daunting at the time, but proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am absolutely passionate about my work, and strive to give my clients' the support they feel they need.

At some time or other, we will ALL face something that can affect our mental health, I definitely have. We may feel that we are going crazy when we become forgetful/cannot remember what we have just read or watched on tv. We may become angry at the slightest thing. We may feel on edge all of the time. This can be as a result of: anxiety, depression, stress etc. The way we feel about ourselves can be compounded if we do not receive the support we need from family and friends. They may suggest we: 'snap out of it,' 'pull ourselves together.' Let's face it, if we could, we would! On the other hand, some of us shut people out, therefore, not giving them the opportunity to support/comfort us. I have been guilty of this myself.

You will see from my training, that I am experienced in many areas of mental health. The most common issues that clients' come to see me with are:anxiety, stress and depression. You would be amazed (it has certainly been an eye opener to me,) how many people suffer from these issues. I become very frustrated at times when GP's prescribe anti depressants for anxiety for example. I am not suggesting that some people do not need to take them - depends on the severity of their anxiety. However, on more than one occasion, I have asked clients' (who are not already taking medication,) if they are prepared to hold off dispensing their prescription (ALWAYS their decision) for 4-6 weeks, to see if we can get them on the road to managing their anxiety - 100% possible with: determination to take back control of their life rather than the 'bully' in their head controlling them. You see, anxiety is a FEELING that is FEAR based. Once we understand the FEAR, we can set SMALL goals to face the FEAR thus, take back control. Remember, nobody has ever died of a FEELING! It is also worth remembering: once a person stops taking medication for their anxiety, and assuming they did not seek professional therapy/counselling, it is highly likely to return as the FEAR has not been explored/addressed/managed.

Whatever is going on for you right now as you read my profile, whether it be: the example given above or something else: bereavement, unresolved childhood issues, adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, family/work related issues etc., everything can be worked through. Of course we can't change the past, but please do not underestimate the power of talking about things from our past that still affect us. Counselling will allow you to release those held onto feelings and will give me the opportunity to explore your options with you for moving on. I just need you to decide whether you want to live the life you are living now, or are you ready to live the life you want to live?

I am here to offer you the support and encouragement you need, to make the changes YOU want to make.  I will never tell you what to do. I am here to listen, understand and help you explore the most appropriate way forward.  

I understand that you may feel apprehensive about the whole counselling process. Perhaps you have never had counselling before so do not know what to expect. Maybe you have had a bad experience with a counsellor, so are naturally sceptical of the whole process. Not all counsellor's are the same!

My style of work is relaxed and friendly. You will receive a warm welcome.

Our work will be in strict confidence.  You will not be judged irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs.

I offer one free 30 minute counselling assessment. This is an opportunity for both of us to decide if we would like to work together.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.



TESTIMONIALS (These testimonials plus others, can be evidenced upon request)

"I was one of those people who didn't think I needed counselling... that it was a sign of weakness... that I could 'pull myself together'.  How wrong I was.  I have been working with Sue now for just about 18 months; she has been the biggest help possible, and we're still working together.  Sue is direct in her approach, whilst at the same time sympathetic and understanding.  She knows exactly how to conduct our sessions to strengthen the way I feel about myself, and to offer support on any and all issues past, present or future".

"A few years ago I lost my 19 year old daughter to suicide. At the time I worked for the NHS and they arranged for me to go and see a counsellor to whom I could not relate. On the 29th March, 2012 I met Sue Hanson.  Sue helped me in so many areas of my life, and also gave me some tough love along the way, not to mention helping me come off the medication I was on.  I will never be able to repay Sue for how she helped me.  Now, I know Sue is not God, but she is certainly an Angel in disguise who was put in my path".

"Sue, thank you for all your help over the last few weeks.  With your help, you have brought me through my bad times and realize just who I am, and why life if so worth living.  You have given me the inspiration to continue to be me, and move on with my life".

Training, qualifications & experience

Areas of training:

  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse
  • Freedom Programme Awareness (Domestic Abuse)
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Drug & Alcohol Misuse
  • Suicide/Self Harm
  • Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Working with Survivors Bereaved by Suicide
  • Working with Anger and Passivity
  • Understanding Depression
  • Relationship issues

I regularly attend courses and read extensively as part of my  Continued Professional Development.

I was responsible for the setting up of a voluntary counselling service in Bolton in 2007. The service has been a great success, attracting clients from the local and wider communities.

I worked as a Samaritan from 2006-2008. This provided emotional support to telephone callers, email users and door callers.

I worked as a volunteer at Bolton Hospice from 2004-2015.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Sessions will be charged at £30 for 60 minutes.

Students and individuals evidencing low income £20.00.

Further information

In my opinion, the relationship between counsellor and client is paramount.  In order for counselling to be successful, there needs to a strong professional working bond.  The client needs to feel safe, listened to, understood, not judged, able to trust their counsellor, which will allow them to open up to their experience.

The counsellor needs to be able to listen, understand and explore ways of working with their client. It is vital that the counsellor is congruent (genuine), and is able to show empathy towards their client.

When looking for a suitable counsellor, PLEASE ensure that they are qualified and belong to an appropriate professional body. Failure to do so may result in you feeling a lot worse.  A qualified counsellor will have received at least three years training. This will have included a period of work experience with a minimum of 100 hours completed as well as regular supervision.

Maps & Directions

Bolton, BL7

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mon-Wed 9.00am-7.30pm, Thurs 5.30pm-7.30pm, Fri 9.00am-5.00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults