A & S Counselling Services

A & S Counselling Services



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About us

Are you looking for friendly, experienced and fully qualified counsellors who are easy to talk to in a safe, comfortable environment? We offer you an opportunity to explore what is going on in your life and help you to work towards a better understanding of your concerns with possibilities for growth.

Counselling is known to offer real help to those suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, loss or bereavement, relationship difficulties, terminal illness, abuse, post traumatic stress, sexuality and many other issues. It is about understanding what is blocking your progress and what would enable you to grow.

The initial appointment is about understanding what has brought you to counselling and together we decide whether counselling is the best way forward for you. It is also an opportunity to decide whether we feel that we would be able to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Susan Rusdell

Susan holds the Westminster Pastoral Foundation Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and spent many years from 1986 with Samaritans in London, eleven of them as a part-time member of staff, supporting clients who were struggling emotionally, often experiencing suicidal thoughts. Alongside this she worked in private practice in Tunbridge Wells for seven years with clients who were experiencing a wide range of issues Including sexual, physical and verbal abuse, loss and bereavement, self-harm, depression, sexual identity, anxiety, addiction, relationships, trauma and low self-esteem.

Ann Stirrup

Ann holds an MSc in Counselling Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Keele University as well as a Certificate in Marital Counselling. She has much experience of counselling a wide variety of issues with both individuals and couples. Most of this experience was gained in the voluntary sector in the North West of England and included a hospice, a busy medical centre and a relationship counselling service.

Her intention is to tailor her approach to the needs of the individual. To this end she works in an integrative way, combining the Person Centred approach with significant elements of Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. As well as much experience with couples counselling she has counselled individuals on a wide range of issues including loss and bereavement, stress and anxiety, cancer support, anger management, low self- esteem, self-harm, work related stress and general personal development.

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Our sessions last for one hour and are usually on the same day and at the same time each week.

We offer evening as well as day appointments.

We offer our initial session for the reduced amount of £20 for individuals and £25 for couples. All subsequent sessions will be charged at £40 for individuals and £50 for couples, but with some flexibility of fees depending upon ability to pay.

Method of payment is discussed at the initial session.

Further information

We have a dedicated counselling room which is a quiet and peaceful place to be with easy parking, and we can often offer appointments at short notice. The village of Eastry is just off the A256 which runs from Dover to Sandwich and Ramsgate. It is also served by two buses which stop within easy walking distance of our premises.

Maps & Directions

Sandwich, CT13

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekdays including evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults