Dr Susan Iacovou

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Counselling Psychologist / Psychotherapist
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Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 online with a Counselling Psychologist can help. I have worked face to face and online 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, low self esteem, fear of dying or general anxiety, if you need a focused and friendly space  in which to work things out, I am here to help.

Integrative Counselling  Psychology

As an integrative 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 the best outcomes.

Existential Counselling Psychology

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 difficult times we live in at present, where the threat of new pandemics, the reality of wars, climate change and the increasing cost of living can remind us of our vulnerability and the vulnerability of our loved ones, can make it difficult to succeed in our careers, to maintain strong relationships with family and friends, to stay fit and healthy and to take control of our lives.

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 (no matter how big) 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.

Online therapy is provided via a Professional Zoom Account (which is like Skype or FaceTime but more secure, reliable and easy for you to use). I have been providing online therapy for 14 years and find it is as effective as face to face therapy. It does of course require you to have access to a safe, comfortable space where you can talk privately.  And having a cup of tea or coffee handy is also recommended!  

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and bring psychological knowledge as well as an understanding of a range of therapeutic techniques to my work as counsellor/psychotherapist. 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 2007, 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 (though my clients come from all backgrounds and walks of life).  

I work online providing counselling to clients who find it easier and more convenient than working in the same physical space, or who, for example, travel a lot or prefer not to/can't leave their homes.  

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic illness. Chronic pain.  Military psychology. Occupational counselling re work issues, performance concerns, redundancy, etc. Psychological testing for career purposes.  


£100.00 - £120.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

Additional information

Please note that I only offer online sessions:

Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions (1 hour): £110

Couples Counselling Sessions (1.5 hours): £160

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My first session is at 830am and final session of the day at 430pm.  I'm sorry, I have do not work evenings or weekends.

Further information

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 published by Macmllan (co-edited by Professor Emmy van Deurzen).

I teach Doctoral and Master's students in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, as well as supervise their clinical and research work. 

Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams



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Dr Susan Iacovou
Dr Susan Iacovou