Susan Blair MBACP, Grad.Dip.Couns.
How can counselling help?
Counselling can give you a safe, calm space, independent and confidential from the rest of your life, to explore any problems you might be experiencing. The counselling relationship helps you to explore your problems and work out the best solutions. I draw on a variety of approaches to help you understand what issues you want to address and to gain insight and understanding of yourself.
What to expect in your first session.
I appreciate that taking the first step to see a counsellor can be a daunting time. The first session is an assessment session. During this session I will take some personal details about your general health and current situation and look at why you are considering counselling and what you hope to achieve from it. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions of me and for us both to assess what would be
I have a variety of appointment times available and full information about this and my fees is listed later in my profile. There is street parking outside my practice and good public transport links.
I am an integrative counsellor and work from a person centred approach with clients to explore the problem the client has presented with. In some cases I will work with the client to formulate strategies and goals for change. I also help the client to explore what might be feeding into their problems looking back over their life experiences. I often work creatively using various methods including drawing, colours, dreams and objects to help unblock difficult feelings. I endeavour to provide a warm and safe space for clients to share their problems and to look at how to move forward. I will help clients to challenge themselves constructively and safely within the trust built in the relationship.
Qualified in 2003
I qualified with a graduate diploma in counselling from the University of York St John in 2003. During my training I worked as a volunteer counsellor for York Alcohol Advice Service. After qualifying I developed my private practise taking clients from Yorkshire MESMAC, employee assistance programmes and self referrals. I also worked at a private counselling and psychotherapy centre in Harrogate where I took referrals from doctors, voluntary sector agencies, employers and self referrals. I have worked with a wide variety of problems.
I have experience of working on both a short and long term basis. Short term therapy can be useful for identifying problems and changing behaviour while long term therapy explores the roots of problems and has the potential to provide deep and lasting change. There is no right or wrong way forward it is always an individual process.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by its code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
I Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of York St John - 2003
Couples Counselling - Relate - 2007
Certificate in Counselling Supervision - Paradigm Campbell Associates - 2016
Certificate in Group Work - The Online Counselling College - 2016
Key Approaches in Counselling - University of York St John - 2001
Motivational Interviewing - York Alcohol Advice Service - 2001
Certificate in Counselling - University of York St John - 2001
During my time as a counsellor I have continued to attend training and professional development courses which have included:-
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Working with addictive behaviour
Working effectively with bereavement
Working with gay, lesbian and bi-sexual clients
Drugs and addictive behaviour.
I have also attended a peer organised dream workshop and taken part in a doctorate research project looking at counsellors, clients and dreams.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked as a manager at a support service for people with enduring mental health problems and as a co-ordinator at York and Selby Victim Support. I have many years of experience working with people on a one to one basis providing emotional and practical support prior to my counselling career.
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
My fees are £40.00 per 50 min session for individuals and £45.00 per 50 min session for couples.
Supervision fees are £40.00 per hour (£60.00 for 1.5 hours).