Sue Dives MA (Psychotherapy and Counselling), AdvDip, DipSup'v, UKCPreg, MBACP
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering both time-limited and longer-term work to individuals and couples. If you are facing a crisis or on-going problems we can work together to meet your individual needs in a way that is open and proactive. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way for you to bring and explore your situation.
People come to therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Life changes, events and difficult situations may bring anxiety, stress or depression. Problems with relationships, starting a family, parenting, bereavement, moving home, changing or losing a job and many other moments in life can be confusing and unsettling. Feeling different, misunderstood or wanting something to change can create unhappiness or anger. Perhaps there is a feeling of being held back and unable to live a full life.
Counselling may help to cope with many of life’s difficulties and move on in a positive way, better equipped for the future. Short-term focussed sessions are to help resolve or cope more effectively with a specific problem or life event. Longer-term therapy can be used to gain a clearer understanding of earlier origins of problems and to develop more appropriate ways of dealing with them in the present. Counselling is also useful for personal development and to build on positive changes.
My website, www.suedives.co.uk offers more information and I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have either by phone or by email. I am not always able to answer my phone but if you leave a message or send a txt I will contact you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (The Minster Centre in London and Middlesex University)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (The Minster Centre)
- Senior Practitioner Diploma in Supervision of Individuals and Groups (Centre for Supervision and Team Development)
- UKCP Registered (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
- Registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
- Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
- Certificate in Coaching (AD/HD)
- Bereavement counselling training and experience at a local hospice
My interest in counselling and psychotherapy began many years ago through my private and work life experiences. My early working life was as an IT practitioner in the city, leading projects and managing teams. In working with many people, coupled with broader life within the community and within my family, I came to realise the need to understand individual personal experience and issues that so often underlie stresses, behaviours and confusions.
Training as a counsellor and psychotherapist was a natural progression for me.
My therapy practice has included seeing people privately, within a counselling service and within the NHS.
I provide supervision for counsellors and others in the caring professions.
I continue to deepen and expand my learning in the field of therapy by further training and by being actively involved in development and support groups.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Parenting can be very challenging. Difficulties may be encountered during the early years and later, even into adulthood. Sometimes fears or problems arise due to a parent’s own situation or past experience. Sometimes there are feelings of isolation. For others parenting children who have difficulties or developmental differences can bring complex emotional impact. With all parenting problems there may be significant emotional fallout that affects relationships and life generally.
For counselling and psychotherapy my standard fee is £50. I offer a limited number of lower fee places to students and those on a low income.
Fees for supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists are negotiable.
Weekdays during the day. No availability after 6pm
A first meeting with me is informal and a chance for you to see whether I am the right person for you. We can talk about what you are looking for, what has led you to look for a counsellor. It will be an opportunity for you to find out how we could work together.
My practice is in a peaceful location with easy parking.
I look forward to hearing from you and making that first arrangement.