Welcome to Sue Lovell Counselling, Registered MBACP, Relate c.c
Covid-19 has brought about massive loss, change and anxiety for people. I am presently working very effectively online and welcome enquiries to advise how online counselling can be beneficial. I work with couples or individuals.
I specialise in relationship difficulties, including affairs, conflict, breakdown in communication, managing loss and change, separation and divorce, distance in relationships and sexual difficulties. I also work with the effects of child abuse, domestic abuse or mental health difficulties on an individual or within the couple relationship.
Anxiety, stress and depression can occur at times in our lives, and subsequently impact on our relationships and life, but also difficulties in relationships or life can then result in anxiety, stress and depression. These conditions can be experienced by both men and women, young people to elderly, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. No one is immune to Mental Health difficulties, just as we cannot avoid every illness or physical ailment.
If you are wondering whether my service can help you, please feel free to email me or give me a call. I am happy to discuss your needs with you and answer any queries about counselling. You do not have to be in a relationship to benefit from counselling, I work with people who are single or in a couple.
I offer a non-judgemental, impartial and confidential service, based on more than 28 years' experience working with individuals or couples from all walks of life. I abide by the BACP code of practice, regularly attend Continuous Professional Development and engage in monthly supervision.
I describe my therapeutic approach as Integrative. This means I draw upon not only my original training as a Relate Accredited Counsellor with 25 years of couple's counselling experience, but also discuss with clients what works best for them and what they want from counselling. Sometimes we may explore the past and childhood, to heal or gain understanding, sometimes clients want CBT tools and to work towards goals. I may challenge unhelpful behaviours that are blocking clients from progressing with their aims. I may teach coping strategies for anxiety or offer some psycho education to inform clients how they can understand themselves better and make informed choices. There are many different ways and therapies that can benefit, and one approach may not suit every client.
At times of difficulty or distress, counselling offers the opportunity to talk through your situation, understand and express feelings, consider options and choose how to move forward. This might be by identifying ways to cope with a situation, learning new skills, or it may involve taking steps to bring about a positive change.
It can be confusing deciding which counsellor, therapist or organisation would best suit your particular needs. Clients are usually trying to manage a multitude of difficulties when they decide to seek out counselling, and often there are long waiting lists within the NHS or organisations that offer counselling services. This is where a private practitioner can be of more immediate assistance, as once the decision to seek help has been made, clients do not then want to wait weeks or months to access the service. I aim to offer a first session within a week of an enquiry.
Whether you use my service or another, if you are looking, you are ready to try something different, to work to improve things, learn new skills or manage your situation and life differently. I hope you find counselling facilitates that for you.
Please feel free to check out my website for more information.
I am a Member of BACP and work within its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 25 years of experience delivering counselling to individuals and couples for a National Organisation, the main focus being relationship counselling. I have also worked for 11 years offering a counselling service to offenders, who have worked on a broad range of difficulties. My work also involves delivering training courses to professional organisations and life skills courses within the community to adult learners. I have also worked with people going through the courts regarding contact with children.
I engage in regular CPD to update my knowledge around areas that impact on relationships and well being.
Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory and Practice
PTLLS Level 4
City&Guilds Level 4 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
City&Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Delivering Learning
NOCN Level 3 Group Skills Theory and Practice for Trainers
NOCN Level 3 The Relate Programme Family Support Skills for Volunteers
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Daytime and early evening sessions available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I offer flexibility with appointment times to match your needs when possible.