Susan Batten MBACP (Accred).
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 many 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.
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
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.