Susan Brooks (nee Carroll), MBACP(Accred)
I am an experienced and qualified therapist and supervisor who has worked for over 30 years with both adults and children. I have many years experience working with the bereaved and currently volunteer both for Cruse and The Compassionate Friends, working extensively with bereaved people, especially parents, both individually and in a group, having built on my previous bereavement training and undertaken specialist bereavement training, specialising in traumatic and sudden death.
Statutory sector work includes including 10 years with CAMHS, and as many years working for Portsmouth Counselling Service, Social Care and managing a youth counselling service and over 25 years of private practice.
I offer long and short term work with both adults and children, to suit their needs.
So whilst experience and qualifications give authenticity and creditability to the therapeutic session, I have often sat and wondered what are the key elements to a successful counselling relationship?
People come to counselling for many different reasons and to enable people to use that time productively they need to build a warm and trusting environment with their counsellor.
I aim to offer all those I work with a calm, safe and secure space in which both adults and children can begin to explore what is troubling them and work towards a way forward in their life,
Whilst I work in an integrative way, I tailor my work to suit the individual, never judging or pushing but listening to my clients, understanding them and working with them in a way that they feel comfortable with.
I have experienced counselling myself and genuinely believe that as an individual we can begin to make changes in our lives, to laugh again and to begin to enjoy life as a whole.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Counsellor
MA in Applied Social Studies
Bsc (Hons) in Health Promotion
Diploma in Counselling (1999: Portsmouth University)
Diploma in Supervision (Guildford University)
Diploma in Social Work
Certificate in Education
Master Practitioner in NLP
CBT Practitioner (NHS)
Certificate in Coaching
Certificate in NVR Practice
Suicide and other sudden, traumatic death training.
Continuing professional development and many relevant training courses
Long established private practice working with both adults and children.
Experienced Supervisor working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
CAMHS (10 years) working with children
Youth Counselling - managing and working in this field.
Adult Counselling Service - founder member and long standing practitioner
Experienced group worker for those who have lost a child.
Work with adults
Work with children
Understanding substance misuse
Bereavement and complicated grief work (sudden death, suicide)
'Just a space to be'
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Bereavement and complicated loss.
Specialist in bereavement counselling in losing a child at any age.
Addiction in the family
NVR - non violence resistance work ( alternative ways to deal with anger)
Photos & videos
I offer a £25.00 assessment session for us to meet and for you to decide if I am the right therapist for you.
My fees are £40.00 a session.
I offer a 10% discount for a block of 6 sessions, paid in advance.
Supervision fees are £45.00 an hour for individuals and £50.00 an hour for organisations.
I have ground premises with some disabled access.
There is off road parking.
I have ground floor premises with disabled access.
There is off road parking.
Sessions can be arranged to suit the client and I offer both before and after work appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments available,including before and after work.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
One of the best aspects of my work is offering supervision to counsellors.