Hi, I'm Susan, and I have been an integrative counsellor and practitioner for a number of years, working with adults and young people.
I was inspired to become a counsellor after experiencing emotional difficulties in 2008 when I finally found the courage to reach out for help myself. I recognise how distressing intrusive thoughts are and the urge to “overthink".
That crippling feeling that follows you from when you get up in the morning and never leaves. The fear that you will never feel “normal" again. Please know you don’t have to struggle, support is out there.
I'm highly skilled in working with a vast range of issues. In addition, I specialise in:
- suicide ideation
- high functioning anxiety
Attending counselling for the first time can be extremely daunting, and can trigger self-doubt, where you may find yourself questioning your motives: "I should be able to help myself", "there must be something wrong with me", or even "how can I tell a stranger my deepest thoughts?".
Please know that this is a normal response, and I will support you through the initial stage by first offering you a no-obligation free telephone consultation.
What to expect when working with me.
My core working model as a Therapist is person centred, where the relationship between the client and therapist is paramount, and the Therapist values the client with congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. Weaving in different techniques such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), de-escalation and a Psychodynamic approach to suit a client's individual needs.
Please feel free to contact me should you wish to have a chat over the phone prior to making an appointment. Please also know that you are never alone no matter how much it feels that way.
You can call me on 07731 836070 or send me a message here.
If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings. You
may find the feelings overwhelming.
But you are not alone. Many people think about suicide at some point in their
Different people have different experiences of suicidal feelings. You might feel
unable to cope with the difficult feelings you are experiencing. You may feel less like you want to die and more like you cannot go on living the life you have.
These feelings may build over time or might change from moment to moment. It's common to not understand why you feel this way. If you are experiencing ongoing suicidal feelings, you might feel as if there is nothing that could help. But there is
support available to help you cope with the problems that may be causing you to feel suicidal. Please speak to your GP, reach out to support services, or speak with a counsellor.
Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. Counselling can help a person develop coping strategies, provide emotional regulation and identify underlying triggers.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP ethical framework & code of practice to ensure I work safely and professionally with each client.
I have had the opportunity to practice within a vast range of organisations, within both public and private sector, furthermore within a school setting.
- Foundation Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (UUFDSC)
- Level 4 Diploma in Counselling
- Certificate in counselling children and adolescents.
- Trauma in Adults
- County lines Gangs
- Play Therapy
- Managing challenging behaviours
- Therapeutic crisis Intervention for children
- Safeguarding child protection
- Child Protection
- Anger Management
- Safe Talk
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Trauma & The Body
- Understanding Self-Harm
- Working with the inner child
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
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
£40 per session - each session is 1 hour.
I offer a confidential, safe space allowing all my clients to freely express and reflect on what is troubling them, in a non judgemental environment.
Covid 19 - I am currently seeing clients face to face, however please be assured that cleanliness is of upmost importance to me. Hand sanitiser will be available on arrival and prior to leaving, furthermore social distancing will be adhered to.
Daytime, Evenings, Saturday AM.
I have an excellent success rate with my clients, however I ask that you are ready to commit to our sessions to ensure maximum benefit.
Urgent help - should you feel at imminent risk and need urgent support please contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 or 999 and ask for crisis response. This feeling WILL pass however it is important that you reach out, or let a loved one know how you are feeling.