Sue Smith MBACP (Accred)
There are times in our lives when we feel that everything has become too much and we need some support. It is at these times when it can be very useful to share our thoughts and feelings in an endeavour to make sense of them and ultimately to live a fuller and more rewarding life.
I am an experienced person-centred, humanistic counsellor. I aim to offer a safe, warm and supportive space. For some people the idea of coming to counselling can feel extremely daunting. With this in mind my part is to offer a non-judgemental approach where the direction of the counselling is decided by you. We all have our individual obstacles which can feel a hinderance to our ability to achieve a greater sense of enjoyment from our lives. i will aim to be alongside you whilst you share whichever part of your life's journey feels most difficult at present. The increased awareness that we can gain from counselling sessions offers us the possibility of making different choices going forward.
I have experience working with clients bringing a broad range of issues including:
Anxiety - Depression - Panic attacks - Low self-esteem - Sexuality - Bereavement - Loss of employment, relationships and sense of self - Marital difficulties and breakdown - Family issues - Emotional, domestic, physical and sexual abuse - trauma and related issues - Obsessive compulsive disorder
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2010 I qualified from the University of Brighton with a foundation degree in person-centred counselling. Since qualifying I have undertaken a number of additional trainings including 'Families and Beyond - An introduction to Systemic Thinking', and 'Introductory skills for working with survivors of sexual abuse.'
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, MBACP(Accred) and abide by their ethical framework.
I have professional indemnity insurance and am DBS (formerly CRB) checked.
I have regular supervision which I regard as an integral part of good practice.
I have worked in a variety of settings both community based counselling services and private practice. More specifically I have held counselling positions in a GP's surgery, primary schools and sixth form colleges and in more specialist services supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
I set up in private practice in 2014 offering both short and long-term counselling to clients.
The first step we would take would be to arrange an initial consultation, this is free of charge. This gives us the opportunity to meet and discuss what brings you into counselling and for you to ask any questions that you might have. This consultation will also give you some insight into how i work and to decide whether we can engage usefully together. If you decide you want to proceed then we would arrange a mutually convenient day and time to meet. These sessions would last for 50 minutes.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 30-40 minute appointment free of charge.
£45 per 50 minute session.
Concessions offered for
For full address details please contact me.
My dedicated counselling room is on the first floor.