Martin Sugg MBACP (Dip in Professional Therapuetic Counselling)

Martin Sugg MBACP (Dip in Professional Therapuetic Counselling)


07808 739257 / 020 3539 3783 (please leave a message if I am not available to take your call)

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07808 739257 / 020 3539 3783 (please leave a message if I am not available to take your call)

About me

How I Work
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and consider me as your therapist. I promise you a full and inclusive immersion into the world of counselling where you will be safe to explore any and all of your life's events.

I cover many areas of therapeutic distress and have built up huge experience and knowledge in those disciplines. I therefore work frequently with issues such as Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Addiction, Family Matters plus quite a few more.  Although I have built up a vast experience in many areas I focus mainly in several areas.  I am passionate about men's emotional health and how this translates into the inter and intrapersonal relationships for them. I have worked with men of all ages on how to relate to themselves and others in a more constructive manner.  This is in the desire that those clients can become a greater version of themselves through the therapeutic process.

I also work with those who have struggled with addiction issues and how this may have impacted on them or those around them.  Substance use can have a profound effect on the families of the user, unfortunately there is seldom much support for them by services.  I offer 1-1 or couple work with the substance user or the family of.

Please feel free to enquiry about any other area of interest that you may feel that you would like to discuss as I have trained and worked in many other areas.

I am a registered member of the BACP and have a Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy qualification. Since qualifying as a counsellor I have added many other approaches and techniques to my practice including relationship dynamics, mental health and bereavement. Counselling is my passion and it is a pleasure to meet every person that plucks up the courage to walk through my door. Make no mistake, I understand the courage and bravery it takes to come and see someone like me and it is this respect for a person’s desire to understand themselves that drives me on to provide the best therapeutic experience that a person can get.

I work in private practice and am qualified in a variety of different approaches to therapy including Person Centred, CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Existential.

My Approach
If you have never experienced counselling/therapy before or have stepped back in after a few years break you will find a warm, approachable therapist, able to put you at ease and only challenge your fears when you are ready and able.

I favour an integrated approach to therapy, meaning I have trained across the board in many different approaches. I have a leaning towards existential themes as I believe they are running through most of our life's issues, from relationships to identity issues, addiction to isolation, depression to loss and grief. I have worked and still do with young persons and adults, one to one and couples and specialise in addiction issues where I have trained and worked separately from 2009. The client decides the approach we take in sessions not I, and we work collaboratively to achieve our aim.

Other Experience
Children, Young Persons and Family Practitioner for a support service that provides information, advice and help to children and young people up to the age of 21 who are living with or affected by drug or alcohol issues.  I aim to support people to make lasting changes to their lives. This role incorporates many different aspects of my training from Safeguarding and Care Planning, liaising with multi-agency service providers to giving presentations in local secondary schools. I run interactive therapeutic programmes in the community such as Parenting Programmes, Family Support Groups, Couples / Adult Family Member Meetings, Community Education & Awareness Sessions and Capello parents support group where I provide helpful advice and information about substance misuse and other relevant issues.

My work involves Therapeutic Family Interventions with high risk young people and their families who have substance misuse, mental health or emotional distress difficulties. My counselling skills and knowledge are my greatest ally in this battle with the modern mental ill health of our younger generation and I aim to use it to assist as many young people to have an opportunity to a healthier, safer future.

I am continuously updating my knowledge and skills in all areas with ongoing CPD and regular supervision. I attend Training Workshops such as Harm Reduction, Equality and Diversity, Managing Difficult Situations, Club Drugs and Chemsex, Recovery Planning, Boundaries for Best Practice etc.

I am also a counselling tutor at an Adult Education college where I teach Counselling Skills - an introduction; Counselling Skills - Level 3 and Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4. This enables me to teach students who are starting their journey on the road to becoming counsellors and therapists. This role not only enables me to pass on my knowledge but it keeps me up to date with changing ethics and laws in the counselling world. It is great to see the new wave of therapists coming through and being part of this.

I also run short courses on Understanding Depression; Introduction to Mindfulness; Positive Psychology; Mental Health Awareness; Understanding Addiction; Steps to Wellbeing; Understanding self-harm; Introduction to Psychology etc.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:- Active IQ Award in Education and Training ; Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling ;Substance Misuse :Mental Health Awareness; Drugs Awareness; Psychology, Safeguarding, Mindfulness,

Courses attended:- Practitioner - Information Governance; 'How we live' Philosophy & Psychotherapy; New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - Impact Through Neuroscience for Practitioners; Boundaries for Best Practice; Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults;  Prevent Training; Relational Approach to Resilience (Mental Health Forum); Mindfulness; Anxiety & Depression; Alcohol Awareness; Recovery Planning; Synthetic Cannabinoids; Child Protection Issues; Mental Health Awareness; Working With Personality Disorder. Boundaries for best practice,

Work and Awards:
I have worked for the NHS, CRI, Foundation 66 (Phoenix Futures), Drugsline and BlenheimCDP in Therapeutic roles since 2010 and continue to do so.  I have won awards for my work at the NHS, Foundation 66 and Drugsline. Haringey Practitioner outstanding achievement award

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One to one sessions £50
Couples £70
Trainee Students £30
Telephone £40
Skype £50

Further information

What I help with : Abuse, Addiction(s), Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, General counselling, Identity problems, Loss, Mens Issues, Mental health issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Maps & Directions

Chigwell, IG7

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday to Friday evening / weekends by arrangement. Please contact me to discuss mutually convenient times.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults