About me

Searching for a counsellor or psychotherapist can be confusing. The relationship between you and who you choose to work with is really important, as good therapy is found when the therapist and client work together.

As a qualified 'humanistic and integrative' counsellor and psychotherapist, I provide short term counselling for people who want to explore specific problems, or longer term psychotherapy for more entrenched, underlying difficulties and patterns of behaviour. I do this in a confidential setting which is warm, friendly,supportive and respectful.

We are all different. Our experiences and beliefs influence who we are. With this in mind, we all have our own answers within us and my aim is to help you find your answers and to understand them more clearly.

I am registered with UKCP and work within the ethical framework of Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC).

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (BCPC)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling (BCPC)
  • Certificate in alcohol addictions counselling (ACAD)
  • Registered General Nurse (not currently on register as no longer practising)

My trainings have enabled me to work in an 'integrative' style. This means that I blend different theoretical approaches to fit the needs of the client that I am working with. These include psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT approaches.

Experience

  • Counsellor/therapist in private practice since 1997
  • Lead counsellor within a family medical centre since 1999
  • Counsellor within an addictions agency 1997-99
  • NHS nurse 1980-1997

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

Additional information

My usual fee is £45, which is reviewed annually, but I do have some concessionary places.

South Gloucestershire
BS16

Type of session

In person
Susan Poarch

Susan Poarch