Dr Susan Jacques Counselling Psychologist

Dr Susan Jacques Counselling Psychologist

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK41

07799547443

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About me

My name Susan and I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years of experience of working in the NHS and voluntary services, and I have worked with both children and adults in a wide variety of settings.

Coming to therapy

Most of us confront struggles in our life at some stage, but overcoming these is not always easy. These struggles might include challenges in our relationships, stress at work, or we may experience a significant life event that means we start to feel ‘stuck’. We may also encounter hurdles that interfere with our personal development which can lead to a lack of confidence and to feelings of self-doubt. Any of these experiences can make us feel vulnerable and can affect our mood, our emotions and behaviour. We may feel low, feel anxious or stressed, or simply feel different in some way.
I understand that taking that first step to talk to someone can be difficult, and thus I hope to create a safe place that encourages you to feel supported when you choose to share your story. As a therapist I give much value to working alongside you and to building a co-created therapeutic relationship.

Relating to you as a client

I am approachable and authentic, and offer a genuine and compassionate understanding of your emotional experience. I reflect back your thoughts and feelings, and offer feedback in a way that allows you to become the expert on working with your own challenges. This includes identifying what feels painful, what feels confusing, what feels important, and what directions to take to help repair what feels ‘broken’.


The first step to getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are”.

I give much value as a therapist to a non-judgmental approach, respecting and accepting you as an individual regardless of what you may bring to therapy. I fully embrace difference, be it as it relates to race, social class, gender-role identity, sexuality, age, disability, religion and spirituality. I am both open-minded and curious.

Therapeutic approach

The main approaches I draw from is the evidence-based practice of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but also have extensive experience in person centred therapy (PCT) and the humanistic approach of Transpersonal Psychology. I combine my theoretical and clinical experience to inform me of which approach fits best with your experience, needs and goals. The treatment is tailored to your own ideas of personal growth and meaning, and I work holistically to explore all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City University London
  • MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development, Birkbeck University of London/British Association of Psychotherapists
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care, London Southbank University
  • Foundation in Group Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Post Graduate Diploma Conversion in Psychology, Open University
  • BA Hons. in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London

Professional Memberships

  • Practitioner Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Enhanced DBS clearance

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Fees

My fees for an initial assessment is £75 (up to 90 minutes), and £50 for 1 hour session. I offer a concessionary rate for students or those on a low income.

Depending on the therapeutic approach therapy can last for up to 12 sessions, but this may be extended if it was felt to be helpful. Feel free to contact me for an informal discussion and we can go through together what kind of support you feel would be helpful.

Further information

Areas I work with

Specialist areas of interest

  • Depression
  • Social phobia
  • Self-esteem, self-compassion and personal growth
  • Health Psychology, particularly adjustment to long-term physical health problems

Maps & Directions

Bedford, MK41

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme