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About me

You might be looking for help with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, or worried about things that you are feeling or facing in your life. Asking someone else for help can be very difficult, and it may be hard to believe anything can improve.

If you would like a confidential and non-judgemental space in which to explore your experiences and feelings, counselling and psychotherapy could help you.

I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and an Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help with many life experiences including: addiction – anxiety – bereavement – child abuse – depression – difference – domestic violence – fertility issues – loss – mental illness – parenting – redundancy – relationship issues – sexual issues - stress.

Please do contact me if you have any questions you want to ask before deciding whether to make an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) I have an MA from the University of St.Andrews, Scotland, a Diploma and a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. I also have a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling from The Albany Centre, St.Albans.

In 2019, I was awarded a Diploma in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, a movement based therapy, having trained with Gestalt therapist Ruella Frank, in New York City at the Centre for Somatic Studies. The same year, I was also awarded an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Edinburgh Gestalt Institute.

Before setting up my private practice in 2012, I worked as a counsellor for Her Majesty’s Prison Service, for Hertfordshire NHS Trust Psychological Therapy Services, and with people struggling with substance abuse. I work with individuals of any age from early twenties up, on a short or long-term basis.

I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the UKCP's Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (2019).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£55 per fifty minute session (£65 for the initial one hour fifteen minute consultation)

I reserve some of my spaces for low cost counselling and operate a sliding scale depending on means.





Availability

Early morning, daytime and evening appointments available

Hertford Counselling
Natural Health
4 Old Cross
HERTFORD
SG14 1RB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My practice is in an old building on the first floor. There is a waiting room and toilet.

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Emily Sugarman Registered UKCP / MBACP (Accred)

Emily Sugarman Registered UKCP / MBACP (Accred)