About me

Need help with anxiety & stress, feeling sad & depression, loss & bereavement?

If you're experiencing any of the following emotions or ways of thinking, counselling can help you see your current situation from a fresh, clearer perspective. Feelings like "I worry all the time – it’s exhausting", "I'm so sad and lonely", "I'm constantly angry – and I don’t know why", or such thoughts as "I want to hide away from the world", "I can't find a way out of my grief", "I hate myself", "Why do my relationships never work out?" or "I just don't feel like myself anymore".

Instinctively we all know talking helps, but when life’s challenges and difficulties overwhelm us, it may be hard to let those we're close to know how we truly feel. This may leave us feeling alone, anxious or stuck.

When dealing with life's transitions, times we feel unsure of ourselves or are facing a loss, we may need the clarity of someone trained to support us to move forward.

What you can expect:

I am a qualified, experienced and empathic counsellor and psychotherapist based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. At the heart of what I do is help you to change the relationship you have with yourself. I provide an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality, and work with individuals, allowing time and space to understand what’s going on for you so you can develop self-acceptance.

I specialise in helping people with:

  • Managing anxiety & stress
  • Lifting low mood & depression
  • Living with and accepting loss & bereavement
  • Developing self-esteem & confidence
  • Healing the effects of traumatic or abusive experiences and relationships
  • Forming healthier ways to relate to friends, family and partners
  • Overcoming difficult life transitions, self-sabotage, or feeling stuck in life.

My approach to counselling is psychodynamic. This means that, as we look at your current problems, we will also begin to identify and explore how your past experience may have affected your life today in ways that may not be immediately apparent. At times, this may bring up difficult, painful and confusing emotions which I will support you through.

I offer:

Brief therapy (usually 6-12 sessions) – this is aimed at working with an exclusive focus on one specific issue or on an important decision.
Short-term therapy (around 20-30 sessions) – most suited to working through difficult life transitions, such as a bereavement or divorce, improving decision-making or gaining better ways of coping with emotions that overwhelm you.
Long-term therapy (these are ongoing, unlimited sessions) – by working at your own pace, for as long you need, we can address more complex and deep-seated issues or develop continued personal growth.

First meeting:

I believe the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client is key for therapy to be effective. I suggest a free 30-minute introductory appointment so you can gain a sense of whether I would be the best match for your therapeutic needs.

This is an opportunity for you to ask me questions about what you can expect from me and the counselling process. We would also decide whether brief, time-limited or open-ended sessions are best for you at this time.

Should you decide to continue on, we can usually get started right away. Ongoing sessions are weekly, last 50 minutes and cost £50 (some concessions available). We can work face-to-face, online (via secure video platform Zoom) or by phone, with sessions available Mondays to Thursdays 9am-7pm; Fridays 9am-12pm.

To get started, call or message me with a brief outline of why you are seeking counselling and which days/times you could come. I will then get in touch with a time for your introductory appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have completed extensive training accredited by the BACP and have the following qualifications:

  • Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

I have practised for over five years. I work privately and have held placements at two charitable counselling agencies. I am also a former Samaritans volunteer.

I am a registered member of my professional body, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and adhere to its code of ethics. My work is clinically supervised, I hold enhanced DBS clearance and am committed to ongoing training and personal development.

Member organisations

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 30-minute introductory meeting. Ongoing sessions cost £50 (some concessionary rates are available for keyworkers and low income).

Availability

Monday to Thursdays 9am-7pm; Fridays 9am-12pm
Please contact me to discuss current availability within these times

Further information

Online, Phone and In Person Appointments
I offer face-to-face, online (Zoom) and phone counselling. We can talk through your preference at your initial introduction.

Relationship Therapy
Currently I am unable to offer couples counselling. I work on an individual, one-to-one basis so we can explore your attachment style with the aim of developing more satisfying bonds with partners, children, siblings, parents, siblings or at work.

Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Sue Delaney

Sue Delaney