Sue Antrobus MPhil, RN, Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy - Psychotherapy for women
Hello, I am Sue. I am an experienced BACP registered psychotherapist, based in Manchester and accepting clients from across the UK.
Who I work with
I work with women, mainly from the North West of England and London. I also work with English speaking clients internationally and currently have clients in Denmark, Italy and Spain.
I specialise in working with women who have depression, anxiety, stress, anger issues, addictions, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, or who wish to explore and deal with trauma or abuse from their past and the impact it is having in their lives today. I have expertise in and I am certified in the clinical treatment of clients who present with complex psychological trauma.
I believe the key to healing is not just knowing what happened - your story - but in supporting you to transform how your mind, body and soul still remembers it. This includes bringing to consciousness how the patterns you have established at an early age are negatively impacting on your life today and are no longer serving you well. I then support you to release those patterns and to heal, change and grow.
The experiences of women
Challenging life experiences affect men and women alike. However, mental health issues are experienced differently across the gender spectrum. Cultural and social pressures affect women’s well-being and heavily influence our sense of who we are, what we should look like, how we should behave towards ourselves and others, and what we are capable of. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, and the menopause can all be acutely felt in women’s physical and mental health. Many women experience physical symptoms of mental distress.
In addition to working with women who have experienced trauma I work with women to provide relief from:
-On-going feelings of sadness or hopelessness
-Overwhelming feelings of anger or aggression
-Misuse of alcohol/drugs/food
-Considerable changes in eating patterns and/or sleeping habits
-Disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, food obsession, appetite and/or weight changes)
-Decreased physical or mental energy or fatigue
-Increase in feelings of fear or worry
-Extremely high and low moods
-Aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear cause
-Suicidal thinking as part of their distress
-Feeling stuck in challenging transitions/decisions
How will we work together?
You contact me by e mail or message me on my phone. You get my contact details at the top of this page, or on my website. I get back to you the same day and we set up a free initial on-line consultation. In this consultation we focus on:
-Your reasons/feelings for seeking therapy now
-Any feelings/behaviours you might be worried about
-Your goals for therapy
-Any questions you have about therapy, about me and how I work
If we both feel we can work together, we then schedule your first therapy session and agree how often we are going to meet. We usually meet weekly, at the same time for 60 minutes.
In subsequent sessions I:
- listen carefully to the story you present of your life
- pay careful attention to what you believe is and isn’t working for you
- help you make sense of and develop meaning from your story
- support you to heal, change, transform, grow and learn in a deep and sustainable way
Through the relationship we develop, you will increase your understanding and as a result, your own ability to change. We will identify together the root causes of the issues that you present and I will support you to re-frame the meaning you attach to what has happened to you.
To see what clients are saying about how I work do have a look at my website. This will help you decide if I am the right fit for you. You can click through to my website at the bottom of the grey box on the right hand side of this page. Then get in touch for a free consultation to discuss how we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience and Wisdom
I have spent my career: in the public sector as a nurse, in higher education as an educator, in a national charity as a senior lead for learning and improvement and at Board level in three different health care organisations as a Non-Executive. I have also volunteered as a psychotherapist at a Women's Centre in Liverpool.
I have developed my psychotherapy practice alongside these roles and bring this wide range of experience and wisdom to my practice. I have 6 years experience as a psychotherapist and I keep up to date with cutting edge psycho-therapeutic practice particularly in the field of complex trauma.
I have fostered a deep insight into the interconnectedness between our mind, our emotions, our bodies and our health and how the relationships around us impact upon our sense of wellbeing. This understanding guides my practice.
You will often hear me ask you how the emotions you express in our work together can be ‘felt’ in your body and where. This is a way to help you better understand the connections between your mind, your emotions and your body.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach based upon what I believe will work for you. My training is in transactional analysis which provides a way of thinking that helps us to be more curious about ourselves and our relationship with others. It offers insights that stimulate change and transformation that I will freely share with you in our work together.
I am registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), educated to Masters level and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by their code of professional ethics. I receive regular clinical supervision.
I have a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling and a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I have a Certificate in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with women
£75.00 per session
Free initial online session
I charge £75 per hour. I offer your first 30 minute on line consultation for free where we can get to know each other and decide whether we can work together.
Concessions offered for
I have availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for day or evening appointments
I work on-line via zoom and offer therapy to clients across the UK and Europe.