Sue Brookes - Specialising in Bereavement and Perinatal Trauma and Loss
I first started my counsellor training in Cambridge in 2003, later qualifying from Huntingdonshire Regional College as an Integrative Counsellor trained in Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Existential theories and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, adapting to suit each individuals needs. In addition, I have specialist training in bereavement counselling.
Over the past 15 years I have worked with the charitable organisations Cruse National Bereavement Service supporting bereaved adults, and The Child Bereavement and Trauma Service supporting children, young people and their families. I have also worked with Lawrence Way Cambridge Community Counselling Service (NHS) seeing GP referrals for general counselling, supporting people with a variety of issues.
Since then the experience I have gained in the community and in my private practice, has given me solid grounding and the sensitivity needed to support women and couples through one of the most delicate and devastating areas of loss, recognising that they already have the resources to find their own way forward.
My passion to work with Perinatal Loss is driven by my deep understanding of isolation in loss. I acknowledge and validate the true meaning of each client’s loss with compassion and non-judgement in a safe space, guiding them through the process of change, so they eventually are able to see the whole picture and a new way forward.
I continue to see the positive effects of this work, witnessing the strength and resilience in people to get through whatever life throws at them. I have trust in the natural healing process of grief and reassurance that it can also bring positive changes – the pain does become less painful. Grief can bring emotional growth, renewed confidence and a new appreciation of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling; Huntingdonshire Regional College.
Private Practice; General counselling
Perinatal Counsellor; trauma and loss in pregnancy and birth.
General counsellor; Community Counselling Service NHS.
Volunteer; supporting adults; National Bereavement Service.
Training Coordinator and Accredited Family Support Worker; Child Bereavement and Trauma Service: working with Children and Young People and their parents in grief.
Secondary School setting; Students / Parents
The effects of childhood sexual abuse in adults.
Loss and grief
Bereavement: Children & Young People
Family Links Nurturing Programme
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Change and Transition
Loss and Grief
Adults, Children and Young People
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Currently £45 per 60 minute session. The initial assessment session is an opportunity to arrange a first meeting over the phone to assess what’s happening in your life right now and to discuss what you think might help and if I am the right person to help you.
If you would like to speak to me to arrange an initial appointment, please do call me on 07941 40 39 60 in confidence. Should I be unavailable to take your call, please leave a message on the confidential answer phone and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Alternatively, send a text message in confidence on 07941 40 39 60 with your contact details or email me on email@example.com and I will get back to you.
A Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency No.
Listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. I also hold full professional indemnity insurance.
Ongoing Continuing Professional Development, and regular supervision to ensure I am working at a safe and high level of counselling.
I have current Child Protection training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day times: Monday to Friday. Some evenings
Types of client