Dr Susan Iacovou
Feeling sad, anxious, angry or confused? If you are struggling to make sense of something that has happened in your life - whether it be everyday concerns and stresses or something more major and traumatic - working things through with a Counselling Psychologist can help. I have worked therapeutically with clients aged 14 to 84 and from a wide range of backgrounds on issues as individual and unique as the clients themselves. From depression to marital issues, fear of dying to stress, if you need a focused and friendly environment in which to work things out, I am here to help.
As an eclectic counselling psychologist and therapist trained in a range of therapy styles I work with clients to build an understanding of the issues or challenges they face and the way in which their unique needs, personality, values and ideas about the world affect their ability to address them. Each client’s therapy is different, with the form it takes being agreed through a process of gentle exploration and confirmation of what works best for you. This flexible approach means that we are not restricted to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ perspective, recognizing that your preferences and the effectiveness of the therapy is more important than theory, and taking into account the fact that research demonstrates that it is the relationship between client and therapist that produces healing.
At the core of my practice are existential ideas e.g. the fact that as human beings we all face many of the same challenges including anxiety and sadness, getting on with other people, death and loss, loneliness and isolation, freedom, choice and responsibility, trauma and pain and how to live in a meaningful way.
The existential approach is based on the principle that you are the expert as far as your life is concerned and that it is possible for you, with support, to make sense of the problems and difficulties you face and to experience your life to the full – to live in a way that feels real.
I will work with you to explore your situation and to:
Examine the things that are really important to you – the things that really make your life meaningful;
Identify behaviours, attitudes and ways of looking at the world that help you to achieve the things that are really important in your life, and those that get in the way of achieving those things;
Enable you to make your own choices about the way you live, based on what you discover.
Existential therapy is increasingly popular with individuals and couples who want to address fundamental issues such as how to make the most of life, how to live harmoniously with other people and how to address life’s challenges and traumas.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this. EMDR can be helpful on its own – when you are facing a single trauma or phobia, for example - or it may be one of a number of ways we work together to address more complex or multiple issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered as a health professional by the Health and Care Professions Council. Counselling Psychologists are Doctors in Psychology and bring psychological knowledge as well as an understanding of a range of therapeutic techniques to their work as counsellors/psychotherapists. This doesn't mean that I will be diagnosing you or labelling you. Instead, it means that I am able to help you in a flexible way, bringing an understanding of what it means to be human and how human psychology affects our ways of being in the world along with counselling and therapeutic skills and knowledge.
I've worked as a counsellor/therapist since 1997, including time working with military personnel and their families, working in the education sector and working in private practice. Before this, I worked in business psychology and was the Head of HR Consulting for Deloittes in Scotland, and I have experience working with clients who have high profile careers as well as those who work in high-pressure environments.
I work from a discrete and comfortable therapy practice in Hale though I also provide online counselling to clients who, for example, travel a lot or who prefer not to leave their homes.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Military psychology. Occupational counselling re work issues, performance concerns, redundancy, etc.
My fees are as follows:
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions (1 hour): £90
EMDR sessions (1hour): £125
Couples Counselling Sessions (1.5 hours): £135
BUPA registered provider of Counselling Psychology
I have written widely in the counselling, psychology and psychotherapy areas. My two most recent books are:
Existential Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques (Co-authored with Karen Weixel-Dixon and published by Routledge); and
Existential Relationship Therapy (co-edited by Professor Emmy van Deurzen).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Face to face counselling sessions are available Wed to Frid from 745am-5pm.
Online counselling sessions can be provided on a more flexible basis.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am a British Psychological Society recognised supervisor and have supervised a large number of students studying to become counsellors and psychologists at Diploma through to Doctoral levels.View supervision profile