Dr Susan Mary Benbow

Dr Susan Mary Benbow

Hampden House
2 Palatine Road
M20 3JA

07789 485435

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About me

I work with adults of all ages facing a range of relationship and other difficulties, individually, in couples or in family groups, and also offer supervision. I have a particular interest in four main areas:

  • resilience, how we find and draw on our strengths,
  • couple relationships
  • people living with physical and/or mental illness,
  • people experiencing the challenges of middle and later life (including bereavement, retirement from paid employment, and relationships with adult children)

I see people from the Manchester/ Cheshire area and use rooms at Hampden House, 2 Palatine Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3JA.

See http://www.hampdenhouse.org.uk/find_us.html for information about how to find Hampden House.

Family and Systemic Psychotherapists work with both individuals and family groups. Systemic therapy offers a way of helping people in close relationships to help each other, and of helping individuals to look at their relationships with other people and the relationships between different parts of their lives.

Therapy often involves:

  • supporting people to share difficult thoughts and feelings;
  • helping people to understand each other’s experiences, worries and views;
  • supporting people to identify and build on their strengths;
  • helping people to make decisions and changes in their relationships and aspects of their lives.

I am a UKCP registered systemic therapist (UKCP registration 00960074) and a member of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

What happens if you come to see me?

We will arrange a time to meet and talk together in a private room at Hampden House. The first meeting will allow you to see how I work and allow me to get some idea of the focus. Sometimes only one or two meetings are needed to help people work out the way forward – other people may need to come for a longer period of therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a psychiatrist (GMC registration 2382872) and then trained as a systemic therapist. I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy at the University of Wales in 1993 and have worked in a family clinic since the 1980s, at first in Manchester and then in Wolverhampton, where I worked in a life span clinic until 2009. Since then I have completed a PhD and a Diploma in Systemic Supervision.

I practise as a systemic therapist part-time, alongside my work in education, research and consultancy. More information on this can be found on the Older Mind Matters Ltd website.

See http://www.oldermindmatters.com/

I have undertaken additional training in working with couples and also in non violent resistance (NVR). I use non violent resistance techniques in working with the parents of dysfunctionally dependent adult-children - see my blog for more information using this link:


I have published on family therapy:

Benbow S, Egan D, Marriott, A, Tregay K, Walsh S, Wells J & Wood J. Using the family life cycle in later life families. Journal of Family Therapy (1990) 12: 321-340.

Benbow SM, Marriott A, Morley M & Walsh S. Family therapy and dementia: review and clinical experience. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (1993) 8: 717-725.

Benbow SM & Marriott A. Family therapy with elderly people. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (1997) 3: 138-145.

Benbow SM. Gender issues in therapy with later life families. Context (2005) 77: 3-6.

Benbow SM & Goodwillie G. Think family: systemic therapy in later life. Chapter 6, pp. 91-106, in Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice, eds. Pachana NA, Laidlaw K & Knight BG.  Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010.

Benbow SM & Sharman V. Review of family therapy and dementia: twenty-five years on. International Psychogeriatrics (2014) 26 (12): 2037-50.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

individual systemic therapy with adults of all ages;
working with adults of all ages in family groups;
working with families facing issues of middle and later life;
living with chronic illness (including dementia);
relationships between parents and adult children;
bereavement and loss;
older people.


Individuals/ couples £60 for 50 minute session.

Families of 3 or 4 members £80 for 90 minute session.

For larger families two therapists may be recommended: fees to be agreed in advance.

Individual or couples therapy appointments are generally weekly or fortnightly at the same time for 50 minutes. Family appointments may be every 2-4 weeks and generally last 90 minutes.

Please contact me by email if you are interested in supervision.

Further information

Please note I trade as Older Mind Matters Ltd.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M20 3JA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Older adults