Hello, I'm Susan and I'm a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist (MBACP) working online and by phone.
How might I help you?
In visiting this page you may be making the daunting, but brave, first step towards seeking a way forward through difficulties in your life. You may be feeling overwhelmed with stress or sadness or feelings of failure; experiencing relationship difficulties; perhaps struggling with the effects of a traumatic life event which affect the present and keep you stuck in a cycle of 'knock backs'. We all have times in our lives when seeking some support would be beneficial and finding someone to work with who seeks to understand you and what you are going through can be an empowering and liberating experience.
I provide a confidential, warm and non-judgemental space in which to explore what you are experiencing and to better understand what is troubling you. Clients have told me that being able to talk without judgement has helped them to explore areas of thinking that they hadn't dared to look at before, and this investment in themselves has had significant effects on their personal strength and their relationships with others.
I am an integrative therapist which means that I have trained in a range of psychological theories and techniques and will work alongside you, supporting you in finding solutions that are tailored to you as a unique individual.
Some examples of issues I work with:
I offer short-term and long-term therapy and have a wealth of experience in working with people of all ages, including working with generalised anxiety, relationship and family issues, living with the effects of past abuse, low self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, 'empty nest' challenges, workplace issues, stress, compassion fatigue, and retirement life changes.
Feel free to take a look at my website for more information about how I work and how I can help you with what you are going through right now. You can contact me by email or phone with any questions or to book a first meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and insured counsellor and psychotherapist holding a masters level BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working within their ethical framework.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Compassion fatigue (for example I work with clergy / social workers / carers)
Parenting identity issues and 'empty nest' challenges
I now have Recently Extended Opening Hours to include Monday and Tuesday: Daytime or Evening Availability