Sue Hanson MBACP Registered

Sue Hanson MBACP Registered



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About me

Hello, welcome to my profile page.

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.

I believe, having worked through my own personal issues/traumas: mum dying when I was twelve, anger isssues, low self esteem, nearly dying myself when I was twenty six (I have a list,) helps me connect with my clients' in a more realistic and empathic way. In my opinion, the key to moving forward, is down to how we THINK; we need to be open to changing our MINDSET. I can help you achieve that; I cannot do it for you or without YOU, we will work as a team.

The bully in our head can keep us a prisoner. With an open mind and a motivation to change, we can release ourself from the bully, regain control of our own life; as apposed to the bully dictating our thoughts/behaviour. I am here to support you in making those changes, we will work as a team.

Remember, it doesn't matter who you are: rich/poor, we ALL experience mental health problems from time to time - no escape. It is nothing to feel ashamed of. You are not weak, you are experiencing something that is causing you mental upset, why would you not want support to overcome that? As I said above, it is how we THINK that holds the key to recovery; and you are the holder of the key, you have a CHOICE to change, why wouldn't you? Please do not let the FEAR of counselling get in the way. The bully in your head, does not want you to change, it enjoys living in your head! Face Everything And Recover (FEAR.)

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 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 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.

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


Wheelchair access: No


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme