Thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Sue and I offer psychotherapeutic counselling to individuals and couples. People seek counselling for many different reasons, for some they are feeling sad or anxious, others are seeking to make changes in their lives, for others it is about gaining greater self awareness, or perhaps they are seeking an empathic space where they will be met with compassion. Maybe it will be a mixture of all of these. With this in mind, when you contact me I'll be keen to find out how I can help you to gain what you need from starting therapy.
How counselling can help;
I have experience in working successfully with clients presenting with difficulties such as anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder), depression, relationship difficulties, addiction, stress, self-worth and loss/grief. I also work with adult clients who have neuro diversity, such as being on the autistic spectrum.
Perhaps you may be considering making changes in your life or you feel like you have reached a point where ‘enough is enough’ and you don’t want to deal with it on your own anymore. I will aim to build a trusting, strong therapeutic relationship with you, where you can begin to discover more about you, identify your choices and strengthen your personal resilience.
What this might look like if we worked together.
Firstly, I will listen to you, carefully and with compassion for your story and life experiences. I will offer you warmth and a non-judgemental approach. Being heard and understood can feel deeply healing in itself.
Secondly, I will listen to your thoughts/thought process. I will be listening to whether your thoughts are being unkind to you, if what they are telling you is the whole story, or if there is a negative bias which might be making things more difficult for you. Our brains are amazing at creating short cuts in our thought processes, but sometimes these short cuts don't benefit us and can lead to some cognitive distortions. I will gently challenge you so that you can gain greater awareness of your thought process and how this might be impacting on your mood and behaviours.
Thirdly, and for me, most importantly, I will hone in on your feelings. Helping you to explore them, acknowledge them, welcome them. Our feelings are our guides, our inner compass, they are too important to ignore. Sitting with strong feelings can be difficult, but so worthwhile. I can help you with this. To acknowledge your feelings and allow them to begin to flow, rather than denying or repressing them.
The rest, will depend on you and your personal history. Perhaps a visualisation or some inner child work will help you? Or we might work creatively with drawing or painting, or with emotion cards/worksheets. I will offer you a .non-judgemental space where you can explore and begin to understand and accept your personal history.
Counselling I offer
There are lots of different types of counselling available. I work in an integrative way, from a person-centred core approach. This means I work to create a trusting, empathic therapeutic relationship which is beneficial for my clients. I then integrate a blend of theoretical approaches, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and CBT in my model, to enable me to work with a range of issues, both past and present, that might be presented. I work both long term and short term with clients. The sessions are open ended and my clients are free to end sessions with me at any point.
What to expect when you contact me;
I know it can take a lot of courage to ask for help. I will aim to offer you an initial appointment that is convenient for you and will try my best to put you at your ease. I will meet you with understanding and warmth, without any judgement and try to help you decide on the right way forward for you.
Life can throw us some massive curve balls, life events can send us reeling, human lives rarely run smoothly all the time. You don’t have to negotiate this on your own. Please contact me if you would like to book an initial session with me and start your therapeutic journey.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) which means I am committed to working ethically with you and put your wellbeing at the centre of our work together.
Where I work;
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am currently working from home offering online video calling via the Zoom platform or telephone counselling.
When it is safe to resume face to face work, I will offer sessions in Leighton Buzzard in central dedicated therapy rooms. There is plenty of parking options in Leighton Buzzard and I can advise on the best place for you when you contact me. It also has excellent public transport links.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Ascentis Certificate in Bereavement Care (Cruse)
- Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
- BSC (Hons) Social Sciences
- Online and Telephone Counselling Cert (April 2020 )
- Anxiety, Depression and CBT (April 2020 )
- Online Counselling Primer (April 2020)
- Single session Therapy (May 2020)
- Body shaming workshop (April 2019)
- Inner Child workshop (July 2019)
- Couples Training (September 2019)
- Counselling young people in a local authority Upper school (13-18 year olds)
- Bereavement counselling for Cruse
- Counselling adults within an addiction recovery centre.
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
Due to Covid-19, I am currently offering Zoom online counselling and telephone counselling.
I offer a 20 minute free telephone call on initial contact to answer initial questions and to see if we might be a good fit to work together.
I offer a half-price initial assessment session for individuals at £20 for a 50 minute session.
1:1 therapy sessions - online, telephone and face-to-face sessions booked in any of my practices are 50 minutes in duration and cost £40 per session.
Couples therapy is 60 minutes in duration and costs £60 per session. I am currently not offering couples therapy as I do not offer this service online. Once it is safe to do so, I will resume couples therapy on a face to face basis.
Concessions offered for
I have a current enhanced DBS certificate.