About me

  • 14 years experience working in counselling, CBT and supervision
  • Currently working mainly in an NHS commissioned service providing CBT for depression and anxiety disorders
  • Registered member of BACP

The way I work

I offer a short, free initial telephone conversation to check suitability and availability. If I'm not the right person, I'm happy to signpost on to practitioners who might be suitable. 

The starting point for counselling or a CBT approach is to conduct a careful assessment. This gives you space and time to tell your story, to discuss openly how you’re feeling and to check for any symptoms that you might be experiencing. I’d usually expect this to take one session, at the end of which we can talk about what might be best for you. The way I work is flexible and will very much depend on you, your story and what would be most helpful for you.

Counselling provides a safe space and time for your voice to be really heard by someone who is impartial and not involved in your life outside the counselling room. Counselling is non-judgemental, honest and compassionate; whatever the problem. Counselling is led by you at your pace and this can help you make better sense of your difficulties in order to start to feel calmer and happier.

A cognitive behavioural therapy approach also starts with time and space to have your voice heard. In addition, I would discuss with you some specific behavioural or cognitive techniques which you could try. This might involve home-practice with some reading and use of worksheets to fill in. It’s a more structured approach which can be really effective for common mental health difficulties like stress, depression, anxiety or phobias.

Sessions are confidential. I work according to the BACP ethical framework. Each session is one hour long  and delivered over a period of time agreed between us. I provide support that can be flexibly tailored to your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, 2011, Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies (CBT), 2012, Exeter University
  • MSc Medical Sociology, 1993, Royal Holloway University of London
  • BSc (hons) Sociology, 1992, Portsmouth University

Experience

Since 2011 I have worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and supervisor at an NHS commissioned service. This role involves:

  • Individual therapy sessions and group work, working face-to-face and on telephone and Microsoft Teams
  • Helping people with common mental health problems like depression and anxiety using mainly a cognitive behavioural therapy approach.
  • Working in a senior role providing supervision to colleagues
  • Working with clients struggling with physical health problems like pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and lung disease.
  • Another area of special interest is weight management. I’ve run a course to help with weight management for over four years. This course introduces a holistic approach to weight management to help break the diet cycle, using ideas from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy.

Before this role, I worked as a college counsellor for 3 years and prior to that worked as a lecturer in social sciences for 14 years.

Continuing professional development training:

  • Risk awareness
  • Working with self harm
  • Low intensity CBT for OCD
  • Behavioural experiments in low intensity CBT
  • Generalised anxiety disorder in low intensity CBT
  • Case management supervision
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Safeguarding
  • Psychological approaches to physical health conditions
  • Long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms
  • Association for the Study of Obesity, UK Congress on Obesity

Member organisations

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.

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

Weight management

Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per hour session

Nailsea
North Somerset
BS48

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Sue Phillips-Clarke

Sue Phillips-Clarke