Hello and welcome. Let me introduce myself. My name is Susan and I have been working as a therapist since 1998. I guess that you may be thinking about attending counselling and that you are currently searching for the person who you feel may best accompany you on this journey. I'd like to offer you some information about myself and about how I work.
Although initially trained in ‘talk therapy’, I have become very interested in the way that parts of our story may be held in the body, perhaps as tension or pain or emptiness. In session I might ask, ‘ as you talk about that feeling of sadness, how do you experience that’? I might then invite you to bring your attention to what you notice. We can then work with any thoughts, feelings, sensations or images that may arise in connection to your experience.
I believe that relationship lies at the heart of therapy. We now know that the damage in our ability to connect with others can happen early on in life and that the place for that damage potentially to be healed is in relationship. In order for that to happen in therapy you first of all have to feel safe enough, so that trust may begin to grow.
The feeling of being safe is wired throughout body and brain. I can work with you in a collaborative way, offering to show and demonstrate practical ways of creating safety in the brain as well as in the body. We can use these exercises from the first session. They can be used to help you process your story in session as well as be used in other areas of your life.
Together we can explore the approach that will best suit you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years experience of working within the statutory agencies, working with adults as well as with adolescents. Most recently I have worked as a therapist within a NHS CAMHS team, offering long and short term therapy to adolescents (16+) working with issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self harm, suicidal ideation, bullying, isolation, exam stress, attachment disorder, relationship difficulties, bereavement, abuse, low self-esteem sexual assault. I am a member of the PVG scheme (children)
Counselling Supervision Certificate 2016
Comprehensive Resource Model (Basic) 2015
Advanced CRM with Core Self 2015
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1. 2012
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. 2007
Human Relations and Counselling Skills. 1997
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have taken specialist trainings in the use of CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model). This is an innovative brain and body based technique used for the healing of trauma developed by Lisa Schwartz.
We can make a significant breakthrough in understanding our feelings and experiences on a rational level by talking to a therapist. However, just talking about them may activate the very feelings we need to process. Feelings such as fear, rage, grief, disgust or shame may trigger our brain and body into a defense response of fight, flight, freeze or dissociation and so we remain unable to fully process the feelings and experiences and may remain stuck or find ourselves returning to therapy again with similar unresolved issues.
CRM allows us to be fully embodied and conscious in the present moment while processing traumatic material. The model uses a variety of resources that create brain and body safety, allowing us to step fully into and through our most difficult experiences.
The resources may be taught from the very first session, allowing for the processing of the story, but also for use in between sessions. Many clients are finding that CRM works from the very first session and can help to clear difficulties more quickly.
My own experience of CRM has allowed me to step fully into, and through my own trauma. As a result, my life seems to flow more easily, I find myself more able to set goals and follow through, I feel more connected within myself and this sense of feeling connected extends to my relationships.
Fee; £80 1 ½ hour.
Counselling- £50-£55 1 hr. Counselling.
Supervision- Free initial ½ hr. meeting thereafter £50-£55 1 hr.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Last appointment 7.00 p.m.
I have provided training/workshops in ;
Working with Young People
Early Developmental Trauma
Introduction to Comprehensive Resource Model