Sue Murphy MBACP - Counselling for Adults, Children and Young People
Welcome and thank you for viewing my page.
All of us go through difficult and overwhelming times in our lives that can result in us feeling alone and confused. I'm guessing that as you're here, this applies to you or someone close to you, right now. There is no need to face your problems alone and talking to someone trained to help and support you can ease distress and enable you to work out what you need to move forward.
Together we can explore your feelings, emotions, painful memories or anything else that is worrying or upsetting you. I will offer you a safe, confidential space where you can be yourself. You can expect to be listened to, understood and respected - free from interruption, judgement or assumption.
My approach is Person-Centred, which means that it is you who decides what you would like us to work on together, and at what pace. This will enable you to unlock your own solutions and discover what you need to do. Increased self-awareness leads to the identification of new perspectives and greater clarity. When we find our own answers, they have more meaning to us and are more effective and enduring.
I work with adults, children and young people. In addition to my private practice (Marlow Hearts and Minds), I am a school counsellor in both primary and secondary schools. With children, I typically work with therapeutic play as play is their natural form of communication and expression, helping them to "play out" their feelings and make sense of the difficulties they are experiencing. It can have an extremely beneficial effect on the developing emotional brain, enhancing emotional regulation. I have found that working creatively enables all of us - adults, children and young people alike - to explore thoughts and feelings we may not be able to verbalise. I therefore offer creative ways of working together for all age groups if desired - for instance, art, sand trays, puppets, clay, masks and games.
Effective counselling is very much dependant on the strength, trust and connection within each unique therapeutic relationship. I therefore suggest we meet for an initial 30 minute assessment session to help us to decide whether I am the right person to accompany you on your counselling journey.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person-Centred Approach)
- Certificate in Therapeutic Play (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Registered member of BACP
- Child Protection Level 1
- Certified Relax Kids Coach
- Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Children and young people - loss,death and grief (Child Bereavement UK)
- Adolescent Self Harm (Self harm UK)
- Working with Suicide
- The Myth of Anger Management (Nick Luxmoore)
- Racial and Cultural Difference
- Working with Anxiety
- Developing Relational Depth
- 5 Day Experiential in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
- Safeguarding in schools
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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Initial 30 minute assessment session - free of charge
50 minute Counselling session £40
50 minute Therapeutic Play session £40
45 minutes Relax Kids session £30 (These are not counselling but fun, one to one sessions giving children the tools to cope with the difficulties of day to day life. Activities include games, stretching, breathing, positive affirmations and relaxation)
I offer both daytime and evening appointments on weekdays in Marlow and Maidenhead (Relax Kids in Marlow only)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available on weekdays
Types of client