My name is Sue and I have been a counsellor in Exeter for six years, having completed an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I absolutely love working as a counsellor and feel truly privileged when people share their lives with me. Having undergone therapy myself during training and since to ensure my own personal development continues, I know first-hand what a challenging but rewarding process counselling can be.
Modern life can be hectic and stressful even without other contributing factors such as a big life change. It can be easy to forget to take care of our mental wellbeing until we start to feel or see the ‘cracks’. The analogy of the home can be a useful one in counselling. Having solid foundations is the first step. Our developmental years are key to this and considered to be the time when the ‘building stage’ is completed. However, neuroscience has taught us that no matter what someone’s past experiences have been, they can build new neural pathways and develop a strong foundation and a solid sense of self. Counselling can help to unpack problems, repack them in a different way, let go of things, build solid foundations, attend to ‘the cracks’ and help to repair and rebuild with the help of another.
My aim in working with clients is to provide an environment in which you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings, however difficult they may be. I am non-judgemental, honest (‘congruent’ in counsellor-speak) and empathetic. I am a very warm and open person and the fact that I genuinely care about people always comes across.
The relationship we develop can help you learn and reflect about your relationships outside of therapy including your relationship with yourself. It is important therefore that I am honest with you and that you feel able to trust and be real with me too. As with any relationship, this can bring challenges, but it is through challenges that we can grow as people, learn about ourselves and others, have healthier relationships with ourselves and others, work through problems and lessen our pain or distress.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill College, Exeter.
Psychology and Criminology BSc from the Open University
Law LLB from the Open University
Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course
IAO Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health
CYQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
Freespace Certificate in Care Planning
Freespace Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy
Zebra Collective Certificate in Solution-Focused Communication
The Training Exchange Certificate in Psychologically Informed Responses to People with Personality Disorder Difficulties
ADVA Certificate in Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse
CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing in the Context of Gym
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
I worked with the Assertive Homeless Outreach Team on a one year contract (piece of funding secured to work specifically with homeless women) between 27th November 2016 to 27th November 2018.
I worked for Lifeways Community Care on a maternity cover contract between 30th July 2015 to 2nd March 2016. This was then extended until 30th April 2016 due to the lady not yet returning and I was then offered the job permanently and stayed until the end of July 2016.
I worked for Rethink Mental Illness between August 2013 to May 2015. I began here as an Assistant Mental Health Recovery Worker then was promoted to a Mental Health Recover Worker, then to a Service Lead and finally to Service Manager.
Volunteer Counsellor with the NHS Depression and Anxiety Service
Volunteer Counsellor with the Intercom Trust
Volunteer Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care.
Appropriate Adult with the Devon Appropriate Adult Volunteer Service
Voluntary Information Guide/Gateway Assessor/Financial Capability Trainer/Financial Capability Adviser at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
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
Subject to availability my working hours are:
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Two sessions can be missed per year without charge in addition to the 8 weeks approx. I take for annual leave per year. Beyond these two that can be missed without charge, Skype, telephone or a rescheduled session within the same week (Monday to Friday) can be provided instead if you are away or similar.
Therapy is a serious commitment and my cancellation policy reflects this.