Hello, I'm Susan, welcome and thank you for reading my profile.
If you are experiencing a difficult or challenging time in your personal or work life it can help to talk to an experienced and professional counsellor like myself. You can phone or email me using the contact details on my page.
I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and offer a confidential and non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I have over 18 years of experience supporting people to explore, work through and overcome their various issues.
CBT is a distinctive, focused way of helping people change their lives. CBT is structured, and is also often relatively short-term or can be longer term.
I can work from an integrative position and offer an alternative and holistic service that will support you to reach the goal you are aiming for, such as help to:-
- identify problem behaviour patterns
- identify problem thinking patterns
- develop new, more realistic, helpful beliefs
- plan and execute specific behaviour change
- recognise changes in mood and develop different coping strategies.
I aim to enable you to identify and then change your unhelpful thinking and behaviour. As you learn to do this, you will notice a significant improvement in how you feel and how you live your day to day life.
The type of counselling I offer focuses on your problems and difficulties in the ‘here and now’. together we will look for ways to support you to improve your state of mind. We may look at issues from your childhood, as these often determine patterns of behaviour in adult life.
Counselling/psychotherapy can be useful for dealing with issues such as:-
- Anger Management
- Anxiety Generalised/Social
- Substance Misuse Alcohol/Drugs/Solvents
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Relationship Problems
- Low Self Esteem
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleep issues
- Work Related Issues
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
...this list is not extensive!
CBT sessions may consist of a number of activities including:-
- Coping Skills
- Challenging Certain Thoughts
- Thought Stopping
- Progressive Work Between Sessions
- One to one counselling
- Student personal therapy
- Student Supervision
- Qualified counsellor supervision.
If you have any questions or would like to book your first session please send me an email or call me on 07731 343525
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and COSCA Registered. I have an enhanced disclosure and am fully insured.
- University of Dundee BA social Work
- Cosca 1 and 2 counselling skills
- Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group work
- NES Working with Trauma
- Family Therapy with CAMHs
- COSCA supervisors certificate
I have been working in an organisation providing one to one counselling throughout Fife for over 18 years. I have also developed and facilitated many group works. Being a team leader of an organisation I have successfully developed services for young people and adults and have extensive experience of line management/supervising counselling and counselling psychology students and placements.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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
Working with Addiction
I have extensive experience working with all areas of addiction.
Addiction can have a massive impact on individuals and their families and often brings up issues around trauma, loss and relationships.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions about addiction or related issues - send me an email or call me on 07731 343525
I offer one hour sessions at a rate of £50.00 per hour.
Student rate 35.00 per hour for supervision or personal therapy.
My approach for supervision is integrative.