Dr Susan Iacovou
Stuck at home? Worried about the Corona Virus and its impact on your life? 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 such as the virus - 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, fear of dying to general anxiety, 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 difficult times we live in at present can remind us of our vulnerability and the vulnerability of our loved ones, can make it difficult to earn money, to see our 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 (even ones as big as the Corona Virus situation) 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. Please note that EMDR is not available online and so I am not currently offering this therapy.
Online therapy is available and 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 12 years and find it is almost always as effective as face to face therapy. Until the situation in the country changes, I am offering a discounted fee for online work with individuals and couples.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Military psychology. Occupational counselling re work issues, performance concerns, redundancy, etc.
Concessions offered for
My face to face fees are as follows (but please note that I am currently only offering online sessions):
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions (1 hour): £90
EMDR sessions (1hour): £125
Couples Counselling Sessions (1.5 hours): £135
Online counselling fees
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions (1 hour): £80
Couples Counselling Sessions (1.5 hours): £90
I am a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the following Health Insurance Companies:
Aetna Global Benefits
Face to face counselling sessions Wed to Frid from 745am-5pm - not available.
Online counselling sessions can be provided on a more flexible basis with times available on most days.
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).
I teach Doctoral and Master's students in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, as well as supervise their clinical and research work.