Sue Hanson MBACP Registered

Sue Hanson MBACP Registered

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About me

Hello, and thank you for taking a few minutes to read 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.

Life can be difficult for all of us at times: relationship issues, bereavement, job loss, children leaving home etc. Mental health issues do not discriminate, it doesn’t care if you are a millionaire or are living on benefits. A couple of personal issues I have worked through: negative childhood experiences, low self esteem (there are others but I will take up half a page!) Now, I don’t have a magic wand so, what is the formula for working through whatever is going on for us? MINDSET is the answer. The starting point is acknowledging that we are struggling to cope (are past/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. Does counselling require us to be motivated to change? Yes, it does. If you are determined to change, you will. I will listen to your experience, explore options, offer techniques that will help you achieve your goal(s). I will never tell you what to do, it is your life, not mine.

Some people see going for counselling as a weakness; in actual fact, it is a strength. It takes a lot of courage to admit to ourself that we are struggling. As I said at the beginning of my profile, we all find life difficult at times.

You will see from my training, that I am experienced in many areas of mental health: anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, sexual abuse (current/past,) post natal depression, anger management etc.

I am here to offer you the support and encouragement you need, to make the changes YOU want to make.  

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 skeptical of the whole process. My style of work is relaxed and friendly. You will not be lying on a couch whilst I take notes looking at you over the top of my glasses, promise!

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

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
  • 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

Couples £40

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
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Mon-Wed 9.00am-7.30pm, Thurs 4.00pm-7.30pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme