About me

I am based in Cirencester and Stroud and have training and a great deal of experience in working with children, teenagers and adults.

What you can expect from counselling sessions with me:

I am an experienced integrative counsellor who can help you to explore and work through the issues that are having a negative impact on your life. Making sense of life experiences, relationships, thoughts and feelings can lead you towards a deeper understanding of yourself from a new perspective, which can be insightful and empowering.

What happens once you contact me:

We'll make an appointment to meet for an initial 50 minute session, where I will ask you some questions and make some notes, and we can think about how counselling may help you with your particular issues. If you decide to go ahead we'll make a plan for further sessions. There is a reduced fee of £20 for this session.

I have a Person Centred Approach to Counselling, believing that within a therapeutic relationship the client, whatever their age, benefits from feeling listened to, accepted and understood within a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space.

I also integrate other approaches appropriate to individual clients issues and needs, taking into account their developmental and life stage and whether they require long or short term counselling. When working with children and young people I often offer directed or non-directed creative and / or play methods to enable them to process their feelings and experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Advanced Specialist Training in Counselling Children and Young People (National Counselling Society)
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Communication Studies (Linguistics and Psychology)
  • Post Graduate Teaching Certificate (Primary)

Alongside my private practice I work for two brilliant charities in Gloucestershire:

Cotswold Counselling, where I work with adults at the Centre in Cirencester supporting them to explore a wide range of issues. I also work within Primary School Settings with children aged between 7 and 11 years of age.

TIC+ who offer counselling to Children and Young People aged 9 - 21 years across the county 

I continually update my knowledge and understanding of issues that clients bring, through Continued Professional Development and reading widely. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work within their ethical framework for good practice.

Member organisations


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).

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Additional information

£40 per 50 minute session. First session £20.


Monday - Thursday (daytime and early evening)


Cirencester Hypnotherapy And Health Clinic
84 Dyer Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

If it is not possible for you to access my counselling room via stairs, please let me know as I can arrange an alternative room.

Sue Bearder

Sue Bearder