Susan Powell. MBACP (Accred)
Hi, I'm Sue and I'm a person-centred counsellor.
I work from a private counselling room at my home where I see clients of all ages from 11 years upwards, both individuals and couples. I am also a school counsellor at a local secondary school and a lecturer of counselling at Bedford college.
Person-centred counselling is a powerful talking therapy that helps to make lifelong changes in how you see and understand yourself, for you to sustain strong healthy relationships and feel more settled and fulfilled in your life. I believe that talking therapy is one of the best ways to find answers to move forwards towards positive change and I hope that together we can find the right solution for you.
You might want to come to terms with past events, work out how to manage and understand your feelings or to deal with the loss of a relationship or loved one. Are you feeling lost and don't know what direction to take in life or like you don't know who you are anymore? There are many reasons why people come to counselling to start untangling thoughts and feelings and to make changes. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, general feelings of sadness or that life has become out of control are just some of the issues that can affect our ability to manage day to day and have a healthy life-work balance.
Talking to friends and family or trying to work things out for yourself can help, but can also be frustrating when things don't change, or advice doesn't work. Talking things through with someone who is impartial and offers a different perspective helps to lift the fog so that you can see the right path to take for you.
I will actively listen to you so that I can understand what it's like to be you living your life, without making any judgements or assumptions about you. I believe that, through us talking together, you will discover what's right for you as you are the only expert in your world of thoughts, feelings and experiences.
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 - gained at Bedford college
- 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
- Private practice - young people, adults, couples, EAP, charity work: clients in my private practice have ranged from 11 to 81 years old and from a diversity of backgrounds and circumstances. I also work with adults referred through the Employee Assistance Programme and young people through a charity supporting child victims of crime.
- I have worked extensively with people with Asperger's Syndrome.
- 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 I work with a local charity as an adult carer support worker, helping carers to manage both emotionally and practically with their cared for loved ones. I also support young carers who look after adults in their lives.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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, etc
This list is not exhaustive so if you have a particular concern that's not here, please contact me to find out how I can help you
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"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"
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My counselling room is located on the ground floor and is accessed across a gravel pathway. Free on-road parking in a quiet residential area
Monday 4pm - 7pm. Thursday 10am - 7pm. Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday by appointment
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|