Sue Armstrong Dip. MBACP
Counselling and therapy offer us the opportunity to explore our inner world. We can increase our awareness of our habitual patterns of behaving and start to challenge our limiting beliefs.
In the company of an empathetic therapist, we are often able to hear the wisdom in our distress. We may feel lighter. We may feel able to review our situation and make changes to the way we live our everyday lives.
I provide a warm, welcoming space in which you can be you, and be seen. A space where I walk alongside you as you discover what it means to live more fully as yourself and connect with your inner resources and vitality. People often experience this as healing and as the pathway to growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am deeply interested in what it is to be human. How we make connections with others. How we find a place of belonging and what makes for a meaningful life. I draw inspiration from nature, art and music. I aim to help you find a place of peace and connect with your vitality.
As an integrative Counsellor I draw on a number of theoretical approaches to understand your circumstances and feelings. I help you understand and integrate your experiences, feelings and desires. I have a relaxed style and work collaboratively to enable you to connect with and understand yourself more fully. This is often empowering and life affirming.
I work using art based methods with those who are interested in exploring in this way, and would be happy to discuss this if it is of interest to you.
My life has brought me into contact with people from many walks of life. I have been inspired by and learnt from the differences and sameness we have found together. Over recent years I have developed a particular interest in working with the LGBTQ+ community and gender and relationship diversity.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I operate a sliding scale, which ranges between £65 to £95 per session. My rates vary in accordance with the location (related to the different costs incurred practicing from different areas). Higher rates apply to early morning and evening appointments. The length and frequency of the sessions also impact my fees. Typically I charge less if you are entering into twice weekly sessions.
I strongly believe that entering into counselling and therapy is an important investment in yourself. I also acknowledge that it is a big financial commitment. My sliding scale acknowledges that this is easier for some than others and reflects my own commitment to widening the group of people to whom therapy is financially accessible.
I take 8 weeks holiday over the course of the year and will inform you well in advance of these dates. All sessions are charged for, regardless of attendance, outside my set holiday periods. This secures your regular time slot.
I know how daunting it can feel to start counselling or therapy. Whether you are feeling, distressed, overwhelmed or looking to find 'more', counselling is an investment in yourself and your future. If you want to find out more I offer an exploratory session for us to gauge if we feel comfortable together, and to consider your concerns and questions.
In the current situation I am providing online sessions. It may be helpful to engage with a counsellor at this time for short erm support. On line sessions let us slow down and notice ourselves and what we need.
'Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our
Rainer Maria Rilke