Susie (Susan) Layton MBACP
I am an Individual and Couples Therapist. I offer a warm and calm approach, and work with you, as we look at the issues that have brought you to counselling.
I am experienced in working with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, abuse, trauma, panic attacks, OCD, bereavement and loss.
How can counselling help you?
Counselling can enable you to gain an improved understanding of yourself and to live with an increased sense of well-being, purpose and a healthier way of relating with others.
As well as Individual Counselling, two areas that I focus on are Couples Therapy and working with Aspergers (now known as ASD - autistic spectrum disorder).
It is a basic human need to feel connected to other people; to love and be loved, to care and be cared for. Relationships are central to our happiness, whether it be with a partner, children, family, friends or colleagues.
Couples Therapy can help when you are struggling in your relationship; this may be due to a breakdown in communication or loss of emotional connection and intimacy.
As well as partnered couples, I also work with other relationships eg. business partners, parent / teenager and siblings.
I have a broad understanding of Aspergers and how it affects both the person with Aspergers as well as the impact it has on their partner and/or family members.
Living with Aspergers may mean that you are struggling to form friendships and have difficulty empathising with others. You may have very `black and white' thinking and find it hard to adapt to change and/or new situations.
These traits may have left you feeling low, anxious and feeling that you don't `fit in'. The world may seem confusing and overwhelming.
Counselling can help you to make sense of your world and why you feel different to those around you. Counselling can also help you grow in self-awareness and increase in confidence and self-esteem.
Partners and family members of those with Aspergers may also be finding life a struggle and may find it helpful to talk to a counsellor. A partner or family member may feel a sense of loneliness in their relationship with the person with Aspergers. In the same way the person with Aspergers may feel low, anxious and have low self-esteem, the partner or family member may also experience similar feelings. I can work with you to help you make sense of these complex and confusing feelings.
How I work
I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I will draw upon a variety of theories and approaches depending on what suits your personality and the issues that you are bringing.
I provide a safe space, giving you the opportunity to work out your thoughts and feelings in a relational, non-judgemental and fully accepting way. We will work collaboratively, as I know that you are the expert of yourself and your world.
`We approached Susie at a time when we were about to break up as we felt stuck and unable to overcome our past. In just six sessions, Susie moved us away from imminent crisis, by creating a safe space where we could open up and not feel judged by previous choices. We found that, after each session, we were able to continue communicating in a positive way, making progress between sessions, as well as during. Susie helped us build foundations and through her, we have learnt a lot about each other. On a personal level, we found Susie warm, non-judgemental, open and engaging.'
`I had a wonderful experience working with Susie. I felt warmth and empathy from her which enabled me to look at myself and take a journey with her.'
`I found that Susie provided me with a really respectful and safe space where I could finally discuss things that had been troubling me for years, and that I hadn't been able to properly express yet. Her insightful reflections really provided me with an opportunity to learn about myself, gain much greater self confidence and address some of the negative patterns that have been governing my life. I would thoroughly recommend her as a therapist.'
`Susie helped me to understand things I didn't think needed understanding! She listened and didn't judge me and was kind, patient and understanding. I'm now happier than ever and running my own business. I feel I have gone from a very dark place to a very light one!'
`Susie has a sense of calmness in her and I instantly felt comfortable enough to talk about my issues. I have suffered with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder). She helped me to devise a plan with no pressure, no expectation and completely under my control. We went at my pace and as time progressed I started to feel like myself again. Susie's therapy was exactly the right fit for me to help me rebuild my life. Without her I would still be struggling with daily life and trying to function. Instead, I am now happy and living a fulfilled life.'
My counselling room is in a private, peaceful setting in Stanmore.
I offer both short and long term counselling (depending on your needs) and we would decide together which is most suitable for you.
If you would like to enquire about counselling, please phone me on 07763 520350 to arrange an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Code of Ethics
Dipolma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
Ascentis Award in Clinical Supervision
Trained Couples Therapist
Trained Bereavement Counsellor
Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
Professional liability insurance
I have experience as a school counsellor in a secondary school. I have also worked as a bereavement counsellor for a national bereavement care charity and in an organisation, offering emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair and suicidal thoughts.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individual Session - 1 hour (daytime): £50.00
(evening - after 6pm): £55.00
Couples Therapy - 1 1/2 hour (daytime): £75.00 (evening - after 6pm): £80.00
I offer reduced fee sessions for those on low income and for counselling students.
I offer telephone and Skype counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client