Sue McRitchie BACP (Accred), MSc, Dip.Couns.,Dip.Add.,Adv.Cert.Sup.
“ the feedback we have had from patients who have seen Sue has been uniformly excellent. She has a wide experience of mental health services, and good listening skills. Patients felt it was good value.”
Dr Arun Aggarwal MRCP, MRCGP Rainbow Surgery Ramsey
Since the pandemic our availability for clients has widened and following on the re-introduction of face to face counselling in the Hitchin and Letchworth areas, I will continue to take referrals UK wide via telephone and video.
My approach to counselling is integrative - which means that when working with you I will take into account many facets of your life which will be impacting on you and ensure that these are considered in our work together. It also means that the sessions may incorporate a range of interventions to meet your needs.
I believe that all individuals/couples can find the solutions to their situation if given the space and time. The relationship with a counsellor is of paramount importance and I am able to offer a safe and supportive environment which will enable you, either as an individual or couple, to carry out the work required.
A core concept for me is that we are all capable of change and overcoming the challenges that life can throw at us.
Each individual/couple is unique and our initial meeting will look at your situation and consider the most appropriate options for you
Sessions are usually for 50 minutes. Whilst most of my work takes place at my work base, I am happy to negotiate meeting in Huntingdon or Peterborough if suitable premises can be found.
I am able to offer some sessions out of normal office hours.
For couples and groups 1 1/2 hours may be more appropriate. This would only be arranged through prior agreement with all parties and will be discussed at your first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a qualified counsellor (1994) and Supervisor (1999) I have provided therapy within the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice working with both short and long-term contracts.
I was accredited, by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), in 1999. This means that I work within their Ethical Framework, am appropriately trained and continue to develop professionally - which is of great importance to me. I believe that, as human beings, we continue to grow throughout our lifetime.
Since my original qualification I have also gained additional training and experience in Supervision, Addictions, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma, Abuse and Systems Thinking and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy(MBCT).
In recent years the treatment for trauma has been significantly widened and I have recently trained working with a somatic approach to working with trauma, which clients have embraced and found extremely useful.
My additional training and wide work experience has enabled me to develop as a competent and considerate trainer who can design and deliver not only my own programmes but those of other organisations as required
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.
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
£45 per 50 min session
£55 per 50 min session
£45 per 50 min session/ £60 per 90 min session
£65 per 90 min session
I do have availability for both individual and couple work. Most sessions are during the working day but I do have limited space early evening
I have recently trained in delivering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which is a National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) support intervention for those who have experienced depression and wish to find a way to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in understanding more about MBCT then please do contact me.