Susan Batten MBACP
Making the decision to come to counselling is a positive step towards feeling better. You may be experiencing anxiety, feeling depressed or struggling with issues, past or present, that seem hard to resolve by yourself. At this time, counselling can be a way of helping you through and can provide great relief at a time when life feels overwhelming.
I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where we can explore difficult feelings together and look at past and present experiences in order to identify what is causing you problems. Through increased self awareness comes the ability to challenge unwanted behaviours and make positive changes to improve your mental and emotional well being.
I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor with eight years experience of working with a wide range of clients with a variety of issues. I offer individual therapy to adults, within a confidential and therapeutic setting, either open-ended or a shorter more focused approach, depending on need.
At the initial appointment we can look at what has brought you to counselling and I can also let you know more about how I work, what counselling involves, and answer any questions you may have. Please call, text or email me if you would like an informal chat or more information. If I am not immediately available then please leave me a contact name and number and I will aim to get back to you within a couple of hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and am a registered member of the BACP. I have many years experience working for a counselling agency providing both open ended counselling and short term therapy for those with GP referrals, and being part of the assessment team within that setting.
I work with a range of issues but my specialist areas are:
Anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, post-natal depression, stress, loss and bereavement.
As a registered member of the BACP I am bound by its Code of Ethics and Practice. I am committed to ongoing professional development and receive regular clinical supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session. Sessions are usually weekly and are on the same time and day each week.
I work in Harpenden, in premises conveniently located just off the High Street.
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