About me

Hello and welcome to my profile page.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working from home in North Bolton. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhereing to their Code of Practice and Ethics.

I decided on a change of career after being a stay at home mum for many years, bringing up our two daughters. We have a gorgeous pug called Barry, who doubles up as a ‘therapy’ dog (if he feels like it.)

Life can be difficult for all of us at times - no matter who you are, no matter how much money you have, we all experience issues with our mental health from time to time, whether that be: relationship problems, bereavement, job loss, work related stress, depression, anxiety, financial worries etc.

I have had my own personal experiences to work through from: childhood bereavement, post natal depression, self esteem and confidence issues.

The starting point is acknowledging that we are struggling to cope. Are past or current experiences impacting on your daily life? If so, counselling could give you the support you need to help you work through your issues, and help you get your life back on track.

The way we think about a given situation, impacts on how we feel and behave. I will support you in exploring your beliefs, and offer techniques that will help you challenge your thinking - do you have evidence to prove your thoughts are true? Is the situation in your control?

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. My style of work is: professional but relaxed and friendly.

Our work will be in strict confidence.  You will not be judged irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs. I will never tell you want to do.

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. 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.

"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 (emotional support)
  • Suicide/Self Harm
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Depression
  • Stress 
  • Couples counselling
  • Anger (management of)
  • 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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions will be charged at £35 for 60 minutes

Students and individuals evidencing low income, £25 for 60 minutes

Couples £40


Mon-Wed 9.00am-7.30pm, Thurs 9.00am-7.30pm

Further information

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 - try and put themselves in their client’s shoes.

When looking for a suitable counsellor, PLEASE ensure that they are qualified and belong to an appropriate professional body and are Registered. 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 to monitor their work.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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No wheelchair access; two steps lead into the property. Other options: telephone, Skype, Zoom sessions available.

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Sue Hanson

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