Susan Forbes (BABCP Accredited)
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist and Integrative counsellor with many years experience of working privately and within the NHS in GP surgeries.
CBT has become one of the most advocated forms of psychological therapy in recent years, largely due to experimental evidence and its therapeutic success. It is promoted by the NHS and the media as being the most effective and efficient form of therapy available for a wide range of psychological problems.
However, there is evidence that other forms of therapy, including mindfulness-based and integrated approaches may be just as effective as CBT. It has also been suggested that a more important variable is the therapist. The therapist who is able to form a good therapeutic alliance with you is more likely to help you towards positive change in your life, irrespective of approach. Also important is the belief shared by you and your therapist that this particular style of therapy is the one best suited to this situation and to you. Consequently, I tailor my approach to suit your individual needs and endeavour to provide a supportive environment to enable you to openly address your concerns.
I work with individuals and couples.
I can offer sessions in English or in Greek.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- The Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma in Brief Therapy 2004
- Diploma in Counselling (NCFE) 2005
- MSc Clinical & Applied Hypnosis (London University) 2007
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Canterbury Christ Church University) 2012
- Couples therapy for depression (Tavistock Centre)
I am accredited by:
- Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC)
- British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
- British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)
and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I have had many years of experience working with people with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, OCD, low self esteem, trauma, PTSD, weight management, insomnia, pain and relationship difficulties among others.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Body Image Problems
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Pure "O" forms of OCD
Individual therapy £60 per session. Couples £70 per session. I offer concessions for those on benefits, pensioners and for student counsellors seeking personal therapy as part of their training course.
The first session is normally 60-90 minutes, subsequent sessions are 60 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I trained as a clinical supervisor at the University of Surrey and provide supervision to psychological therapists, CBT therapists and trainees in an IAPT mental health service and privately.