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Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling

About me

Hi I'm Sue and I'm a BACP accredited counsellor working with young people, adults, couples and EAP.

Are you worried about your anxiety levels, depression, relationship/family issues, trauma/abuse, general feelings of sadness or life feeling out of control? 
Seeking help through talking can be the first step for you to enjoy a calmer, happier life.

Maybe you want to work out how to manage and understand your anger, uncomfortable emotions or overthinking 

You may want to talk through or to come to terms with past events, trauma or abuse. I have worked extensively with sexual trauma and abuse.

You may be feeling lost, don't know what direction to take in life or who you are anymore.

Perhaps you've just lost your enjoyment of life?

You might want to talk through your feelings around relationship difficulties or the death of a love one.

I am experienced in working with people with Autism Spectrum Condition as well as their partners and family members.

I am a person-centred counsellor and this means that I understand that you are a unique person with your own story, and individual needs and concerns. I put you first; working with you to help you come to your own conclusions about the best way forward for you.

Person-centred counselling is a powerful talking therapy that helps you to make lifelong changes, form strong healthy relationships, come to terms with your past and to feel more settled and fulfilled in your life.

Visit my website http://www.susanpowellcounselling.co.uk for more information on how I work and what I can offer you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited member BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) -  The BACP have approved and endorsed my work as a safe, ethical and effective therapist
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • School Counsellor - Secondary schools working with 11 to 16 year olds with a variety of concerns; depression, anxiety, OCD tendencies, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, parental and family issues, bereavement, friends, behavioural problems, abuse, belonging, loss, etc
  • Experienced in working with people with ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition)
  • Private practice  - young people, adults, couples, EAP, charity work: clients in my private practice have ranged from 10 to 81 years old and from a diversity of backgrounds and circumstances. I also work with adults referred through the Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Lecturer of counselling - Bedford college
  • Volunteer/charity counselling and support work - I have provided volunteer counselling for a variety of organisations, working with both young people and adults and  with a local charity as an adult carer support worker, helping carers to manage both emotionally and practically with their cared for loved ones. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Ex-armed forces personnel coming to terms with trauma memories and finding ways to move forward in civilian life.

Family couples work: parent/child, siblings, life partners, etc

If you have a particular concern that's not listed here, please contact me to find out how I can help you

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Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Adults (19+ years): £50.00

Discounted fee of £40.00 for under-19's

Couples: £60.00

If you are training to be a counsellor, please ask about student discounts

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday 10am -7pm

Tuesday 10am - 4pm

Thursday 10am - 7pm

Friday 10am - 6pm

Further information

"Sue offers a welcoming non judgemental and safe environment which allowed me to explore and comfortably discuss experiences and memories that have troubled me. Sue has helped me to understand and find who I am as a person and helped me to enjoy life again."

"I was made to feel at ease in comfortable surroundings and at no point did I feel judged which I was nervous about. I would highly recommend Susan Powell. She was very friendly and knowledgeable, and overall I found it a very helpful experience"

"I can't thank you enough for how much you have helped me. You were there when I needed help and you guided me to such an amazing place. When I came to you I wanted help with a particular issue but I feel as though my recovery has gone so much further than this"

"I was going through some big changes in my life, so my anxiety was rearing its head. I found that you were able to help me to understand these feelings much better and deal with them like I wasn't able to before. I cannot thank you enough for making me feel so much happier!"

From the mother of a 15 year old client:

"Once again I find myself listening to G telling me you saved her life. I think it’s important you know the HUGE impact you have had on her life and that she keeps referring to you helping her turn her life around. Thank you Sue. I will always be grateful"

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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My counselling room is located on the ground floor and is accessed across a gravel pathway. Free on-road parking in a quiet area. Just a few minutes walk from a local bus route. Putnoe, Bedford

Online platforms

Zoom

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