Sue McHugh, MBACP, Dip Person Centred, Registered
Life is full of challenges and problems difficult to address that make us sometimes feel unable to figure out what to do .Counselling can really change your life by giving you the opportunity to share your concerns with someone skilled at listening who can help you come to terms with emotions or other issues troubling your life.
I am a a fully qualified counsellor and registered practitioner (MBACP) providing counselling and psychotherapy to individual clients, groups.
I offer a safe, calm and compassionate environment, where you and I talk freely without being judged or criticised. I will help you to understand what is happening and why, explore and interpret the underlying causes. Together we will examine ways of dealing with the issues and move forward. It is a joint effort where we work to overcome your difficult times and achieve long term positive changes in your life.
In addition to my private practice, I am a member of The Eaves Counselling and Psychological Services in Surrey, I work as Assessor and a Crisis Counsellor at the Woman's Trust dealing with Domestic Abuse in London and deliver short term solution focused counselling for the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) department in Surrey.
At some point in our lives we are all faced with problems that we can't see a solution to. Sometime life's glass seems decidedly half empty. We feel lost, stuck and unable to see a way forward. I dont profess to have all the answers but i might be able to make a suggestion or two. Some of the problems we face in life can be:
· Feeling stressed, anxious and depressed
· Unexplained panic attacks
· Relationship difficulties with family,colleagues, partner/spouse or friends
· Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
· Coping with loss or bereavement
· Life transitions and wondering what the future holds
· Unhelpful patterns of behaviour, such as, unhealthy eating habits & self-harming
· Wanting to be assertive rather than angry and aggressive
· The impact of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
In my private counselling practice at The Eaves in Guildford, I can offer you a safe and confidential environment, where you can express yourself freely without the fear of being judged.
I can help to provide you with opportunities to explore the various changes that have happened in your life. I can also help you to make decisions about situations in the future. I specialise on issues about bereavement, domestic abuse, self-esteem and anxiety.
I work in Guildford and Leatherhead offering individual counselling to adults and young people. Daytime & evening appointments, free introductory session. Experienced working with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, domestic abuse, self harm, stress, low self esteem and self confidence.
I am a person-centred counsellor with four years of experience in the fields of domestic abuse and bereavement. The kind of therapy I offer is conducted in a safe and non-judgemental place where you can freely talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.
It is my goal to enable you to see yourself as a person with the power and freedom to change for the better. My work is also fully insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling , Guildford College
- CBT Levels 1 and 2 Accredited
- Working with bereavement 5 years
- Working with Domestic Abuse
- Voluntary Bereavement Services Princess Alice Hospice, Esher
- Domestic Abuse , Woman's Trust , Hammersmith
- Working with RASAC Guildford (Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling)
- Assessor Woman's Trust Hammersmith
- Crisis Counsellor in Domestic Abuse
Additionally I have added to my knowledge and understanding by a range of day/short courses on Bereavement and Domestic Abuse/Couples Counselling
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Individual Member No 762829
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals £50 per 50 minute session
Low cost counselling also available
Free initial telephone consultation with no obligation.
If you think I can help, please contact me by phone or email and we can discuss the next step. All calls are confidential.
Phone: 07811499080, or you can email me using the "Contact Me" button at the top of this page.
Issues I Can Help You With
I can help you to acknowledge and resolve various emotional and psychological issues that may hold you back from living the best life you can possibly have.
I offer a confidential and safe place for you to talk about your life and anything you may find confusing, painful or uncomfortable.
People come to counselling for a variety of reasons to address major life changes such as divorce, bereavement, depression and most people are just struggling with common everyday issues.
Whatever the reason it takes courage to attend counselling, and together we can explore the issues that brought you to counselling and work to promote empowerment, improve relationships and reduce emotional suffering.
These are some of the issues I can help you with.
Grief is a natural but devastating process.
Grief is like waves on the beach. You can be standing in water up to your knees and feel that you can cope, and then suddenly a big wave comes and knocks you off your feet.
Bereavement affects people in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to feel.
Domestic abuse can come in many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional and financial. The fact remains that it has the same damaging effect to those who are victims of it.
I understand and know how difficult it can be just to make that phone call to get support.
Surviving domestic abuse and healing from domestic violence does not usually happen from one day to the next – the leaving can.
Remember – each day you get through you are a survivor, no longer a victim.
Counselling helps us work through both the short term and long term effects of abuse, enabling us to learn and grow from our experience.
Low self esteem
Self-esteem is how you think and feel about yourself, this may be positive, negative or move between the two points. This usually dictates how you live your life and the decisions you make – and how you view others too.
The more positive feelings you have about yourself, the higher your self-esteem, the more negative feelings you have, the lower your self-esteem is.
Working to improve your self-esteem takes time and effort, it requires courage and honesty to confront the things in yourself that you don’t like but long term it is a worthwhile task. This should help you to feel better about yourself and your life.
Anxiety is not a disease it is something we create. We create our own anxiety because we’ve learned to live more fearfully and stressfully than others. At the root of anxiety lie unhealthy beliefs, thoughts, actions, and behaviours.
Since knowledge is power, and especially as it helps anxiety recovery, a counsellors professional insight can be vital to lasting recovery.
Frequently asked questions
- How long does it take?
Generally we meet once a week for 55 minutes. It is not possible to predict the number of sessions but usually we will make a contract for 4 or 6 sessions and take it from there.
- How much does it cost?
See my Fees section . My rates are very realistic.
- What if I want to check out if it is for me?
We can talk in confidence over the phone and you can come for a couple of sessions and see how you feel about it.
- What if I am unable to keep an appointment?
Please let me know 24 hours before a session if you are unable to attend or you will be charged.If you are late due to circumstances beyond your control, we can talk about it in the session.
- Do I have to have a major problem to be in counselling?
No, you can use counselling for personal development, improving confidence, assertiveness and self esteem. You may just want to look at options in your life.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Contact me and we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|