Sue Graham Counsellor MBACP and CBT Therapist MBABCP
How can I help.
- I offer an accepting,non-judgmental,confidential service with a down to earth friendly manner. I hope working with me will enable you to develop insight and understanding into your thoughts,feelings and behaviours and help you overcome your difficulties. I have over 25years experience of working in mental health,primarily as a Mental Health Nurse and over the last 17 years as a Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT).These models of therapy are recommended for a range of psychological problems by the National Institute for Care Excellence ( NHS NICE guidelines ) I am also a qualified supervisor.
About my Practice
- I work in the centre of Shrewsbury and can offer a safe comfortable environment with parking nearby. If mobility is an issue there is ground floor availability, please let me know in advance. If it is hard to leave the house due to physical or psychological problems a home visit can be requested.Please note that due to the current Covid 19 restrictions I am adapting my practice to online counselling but I hope to be offering face to face therapy at a later date.
- I am a registered member of the Counselling and CBT professional bodies,BACP and BABCP and work within a Code of Ethics. I have regular supervision and am CRB checked.
What to expect.
The first session will be an in depth assessment of your problem including how your problem effects you and any relevant history will be taken. We will focus on thoughts,feelings and behaviours and discuss the goal you may wish to achieve through your therapy. Following assessment we can either book a future therapy session there and then or you may need time to think if you wish to go ahead.I understand this is a big step and it is important you feel comfortable. A good therapeutic relationship is an important factor for consideration when choosing a therapist and is an indicator influencing positive outcomes. Once engaged with therapy we will go at your pace and review the therapy is of benefit and answer any questions you may have. We will work collaboratively together to reach your goal and enable you to gain insight and feel more able to cope with life. If you are interested in therapy there is more information in the FAQ section below. Below are some of the problems people have come to see me for therapy
-Health anxiety, General anxiety and Worry, OCD, Panic disorder, various Phobias.
-Depression and Low mood .Postnatal Depression.
-Low self esteem.
-Grief and Loss
-Trauma and abuse.
-Relationship and family issues
-Self harm and Suicide.
-Work stress and Stress management
As human beings we can all experience these issues and there is often a reason for us feeling this way. Past trauma and abuse and/or overwhelming current stress can make us less resilient to cope with the pressures of our daily lives. We can become highly critical of ourselves and lack self compassion. Sometimes it may feel like you have lost direction and struggle to get through the day, experiencing little sense of pleasure or achievement from life. It may feel that anxiety has overwhelmed you to the point where you have started to avoid situations or have become socially withdrawn, fearful of others negative judgment. You may have started to worry about your health,appearance or just cant stop worrying about everything. You may have lost confidence,become self critical, and focus on negative thoughts. It may be that you can't stop cleaning or checking and feel out of control. You may find you have become more dependant on alcohol and generally not looking after yourself, possibly feeling isolated and disassociated from what's going on around you. You may having difficulty with mood fluctuations or notice that you become more angry than usual.
Sometimes it's about what's happened to us rather than what's "wrong" with us. We cannot help feeling this way and we are certainly not to blame. Psychological problems are extremely common and with effective therapy you can overcome your problems,learn to manage your symptoms and regain control of your life
What do I do now
- If you would like to contact me please email me with some brief details and I will get back to you as soon as I can.If you would prefer to text or call me that is no problem. Once you have made an enquiry there is no obligation to proceed but if you would welcome an assessment we will be able to meet up fairly soon following your initial contact. No long wait.
Im very anxious..can I bring someone with me?
It is normal to be anxious coming to therapy, and if it helps you please bring someone with you.I understand this is a big step and will do everything I can to make you feel safe and comfortable. For therapy sessions it usual to seen on a one to one basis however if this is an issue we can discuss this at either at assessment or first initial contact.
Im no good at talking..what will I talk about?
Please don't worry about this common concern.It is normal for some to settle in to therapy,and once you feel comfortable it will get easier and you will be more able to open up.There are many ways to help you with this.
Is it a confidential service?
This will be explained to you at assessment.It is a confidential service unless there are any particular legal issues or safety issues
Will I be made to talk about anything Im not ready to talk about?
No. It is most important we work at your pace,you need to feel safe and should never feel under any pressure to disclose any information you do not want to or feel ready to share.
How long will it take me to feel better?
It can vary depending on so many factors.Most people I see often notice changes and gain some insight after six sessions but if it is a complex well engrained problem may take longer. We always review to check the therapy is helping y
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse 1980
Registered Mental Health Nurse 1983
Certificate in counselling 1990
Diploma in counselling 2005
Graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2008
Supervision of Psychological Therapists 2009
As part of my professional development I have also attended training in the following
CBT and Mental Health Problems
Attachment theory and relevance in relationships
Rethinking Psychiatric Drug treatment
Voices of Women with Aspergers
Introduction to Aspergers syndrome
Abuse Trauma and Dissociation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Clinical Risk Training
Trauma and the Body
CBT workshops including
Anxiety Traps,General anxiety disorder (GAD), Self esteem, Social Anxiety ,Panic Disorder,Worry.
Behavioural Activation for Depression
Compassion Focused Therapy
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General anxiety disorder.
Shame / Low self esteem
Sexual abuse and trauma.
Assessment session £40
Therapy session £50
A course of six prepaid therapy sessions includes one free session.
Free initial phone or e mail consultation.I will always try and respond as soon as possible.Thankyou.
”From my sessions with Sue I have gained a deep understanding of why I think and act in the ways I have done for many years.This understanding,and then looking at how I react has enabled me to regain confidence, build self esteem and believe in myself and move on from a very difficult and destructive situation I was in.
Her patience, listening and feedback have helped me so much to move on and taught me to think about how I react in so may areas in my life and be kind to myself without feeling selfish.”
”She is a good listener, taking in all I said.I felt at all times in very confident, capable hands.I look forward to each meeting knowing that she would leave me with sound ideas to work on”
“I cannot speak highly enough of Sue, she has a very good understanding of the illness, and is very professional in her work”