I am a Humanistic therapist and I believe in the ability of every individual to:
- grow and develop their full potential
- make positive long-lasting changes
- tap into their own inner wisdom
- live in a full and satisfying way
The above includes being able to manage and overcome difficulties and problems along the way. These are part of life and yet they offer;
- an opportunity for new understanding
- a new way to cope
- a new way of living
- an opportunity to improve relationships with others
Humanistic therapy focuses on health whilst acknowledging that our lives today are influenced by our past experience. This includes the result of a past trauma or a major event often associated with loss of some kind.
It also includes the way we have developed a view of who we are and our ability to deal with life in general, plus difficulties that come our way. Sometimes that includes a belief that we should be able to manage or cope with everything on our own without showing too much emotion.
My approach is collaborative based in my belief that each person has their own inner knowing and wisdom. However sometimes we need an independent trained person to assist us.
Counselling and Psychotherapy offers a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment in which clients can bring their concerns. It is a place in which individuals can explore areas of their life that are painful, problematic and/or are making them feel stuck. Sometimes a person can identify a particular difficulty and sometimes there is just a sense that life has become difficult and that they feel unhappy, depressed, lost or confused. By providing a relationship of trust and acceptance and by actively listening to the client, an individual can;
- better understand themselves or their difficulties
- find a way forward
- broaden their choices/options
- resolve a situation or problem
- bring closure to past hurts and regrets
- discover a more meaningful and satisfying way to live
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Counselling
MA in Humanistic Person-centred Psychotherapy
MA in Transpersonal Arts and Practice
Bachelor of Education
Post-graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Studies (psychotherapy)
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma in Supervision
Diploma in Person-centred Art Therapy Skills
Diploma in Sandplay
I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. I have a long established private practice in Totton and Southampton, where I have been offering counselling and psychotherapy for many years to individuals and couples. Some of the areas I work with are:
- Emotional difficulties
- personal development
- depression and anxiety
- relationship problems (personal, social, family, work)
- self-esteem and confidence-building
- loss and bereavement
- life changes and transitions
- childhood sexual abuse
- employment issues
- self harm
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
In the initial session, which is 50 minutes, I hear your particular concerns and needs and also get an overview of yourself and your world. I provide information about how I work and whether I think I can be of help to you. You will be able to ask all the questions you need to ask to find out whether therapy is for you and whether we will work together. The fee for the initial session is £40. Having decided to work together, sessions will then be 50 minutes in length, also at a charge of £40.
Students on counselling and psychotherapy courses are offered therapy at a fee of £35 per session.
I provide counselling and psychotherapy supervision at a fee of £40 per hour.
My premises are in Stirling Crescent, Totton with free parking outside.
Please telephone me on 07890 268990 or email me.
For further information about me and my background please go to my website at www.suelawtherapy.co.uk