About me

**** I am offering online counselling with Zoom, and/or telephone counselling. If you're new to online counselling please don't worry - I will support you with this every step of the way. ****

Finding the right counsellor for you
People come for counselling for many different reasons - some are asking 'big life' questions, some have a sense that 'all is not right' in their world and feelings of anxiety, others wish to look at key life events, like a significant loss or trauma.  Finding the right counsellor for you is important and I hope that by sharing some information about me, both personally and professionally, you will feel able to decide if counselling with me feels right for you. I warmly invite you to visit my website where you will find additional helpful information about me and about counselling.

Who am I?
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, and as such I am interested in developing a warm, therapeutic relationship with you that embraces trust, safety, empathy, privacy, respect and regard so that you can fully and openly explore what is happening for you.  I hope to create a sense of freedom from judgement, criticism and expectation so that you can search for and try to locate what it is that you really want or need in your life right now.  I aim to provide an opportunity for you to try to make sense of your world and to work towards making the right changes for you, or towards accepting the things that perhaps you are unable to change. So whether you are experiencing anxiety, panic, depression, relationship issues, or significant life events that may limit who you are and how you live, I look forward to the opportunity of being alongside you as your counsellor as you consider new ways forward and different ways of engaging, living and growing.

Where am I?
My practice is based in central Sherwood, Nottingham and there is plenty of local parking. There are buses from the city centre to Sherwood every 10 minutes, and the nearest stop to my practice is the Haydn Road bus stop. I am few minutes walk from here - and if you're early or fancy a brew after your appointment, there are some great coffee shops nearby.  Alternatively, you may wish to attend your sessions online (Zoom) or by telephone thereby saving time and travel and this may feel more comfortable for you within Covid. I am certified as an online and telephone counsellor.

Sessions
I offer one hour, individual face to face counselling sessions, and I also offer a free 30 minute initial appointment.  It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor and that you can talk openly and share some difficult issues with them – and this free session offers you an opportunity to check out your sense of ‘does this feel right for me’.  Within Person-Centred counselling you can work at your own pace and your counselling will take the direction and time of your choosing.  I offer short and long term counselling, and you can end your counselling at any point that feels right for you.

A Little History...
Prior to my counselling training I worked with Women's Aid for many years supporting women and children who were experiencing domestic violence and abuse. I also worked with housing issues in the voluntary sector offering resettlement and tenancy support to those struggling with housing, homelessness and tenancy difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the University of Nottingham and hold a first class BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice.

I also have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (80+ hours of training) aligned with the BACP online and phone therapy (OPT) competence framework assuring you of good practice.

With 15 years counselling experience, I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (registration number 27360), and a member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online).

I have experience with the following:

  • Counselling Xtra offering counselling to clients who have courageously brought differing, diverse and sometimes complex issues to counselling. This has included clients referred by the Family Intervention Project.
  • I have also counselled at Rape Crisis (now known as Nottingham Sexual Violence Support Services) and therefore have experience of working with adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, rape and post-traumatic stress.
  • I worked as sessional counsellor with the Carers Federation offering counselling support for carers, both adults and young people,who were struggling with issues of caring, loss and identity. I also provided staff counselling.
  • In 2014 I set up in independent practice and really enjoy the autonomy and the diversity of my work.
  • In addition I work with a number of students who are studying for a counselling qualification and wish to engage in counselling for personal development, and to fulfill their counselling course requirements.

Some of the workshops and training events I have attended include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Grief and loss
  • Menopause
  • Dealing with Distress: working with suicide and self harm
  • Safeguarding
  • Bereavement
  • Working creatively with clients
  • Honour based violence
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Rape and sexual violence
  • Dissociation
  • Trauma
  • Anger, rage and shame
  • Living with chronic / long term health issues
  • The autistic spectrum and therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Fibromyalgia

Living with chronic, long term health issues

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free initial 30 minute appointment as an opportunity for you to explore face to face, online and telephone counselling. It also provides some time for you to see if you feel comfortable with me and to ask any questions.

If you decide to continue, my counselling fee is £45.00 for each 1 hour session, though I will always consider affordability and your ability to pay - so if you wish to discuss your fee and explore options, you're very welcome to do so. 

I have a few general concessionary places available if you're on benefits and/or a very low income so please feel free to ask.

If I am unable to help for any reason I can signpost you to agencies that may be able to offer you counselling at lower rates. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am can offer counselling appointments Mondays to Thursdays inclusive. Both daytime and evening appointments are available.

Further information

****  I am offering online counselling (Zoom) and/or telephone counselling. If you're new to online counselling please don't worry - I will support you with this every step of the way. ****

Interests

I am passionate about counselling practice and theory, and my areas of interest include trauma, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, (CFS), Fibromyalgia,  living with chronic / long term health issues, and difference, diversity and equality.  I also hold a real interest in therapy and social change/action, combined with politics and a sense of social responsibility.

Counselling Supervision

I have a Post-Graduate (PG) Certificate in Counselling Supervision and so I also offer person-centred supervision to counselling practitioners. I invite you to take a look at my supervision profile.

Contact me

You are very welcome to contact me by telephone, email or via my website if you have any questions or if you simply want to say ‘Hello’ before making your decision.

FinaIly, I wish you all the best in your counselling journey.

Drayton Street
Sherwood
Nottingham
NG5 2JR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Face to face: There are 2 steps into my house and please be mindful the bathroom is up one flight of stairs on the first floor. Online or telephone counselling means you can attend therapy from from any quiet, private space that is accessible to you.

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer person-centred supervision that welcomes collaboration, curiosity and vulnerability as you explore yourself and your counselling practice.

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Sue Griffiths

Sue Griffiths