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About me

At Kingfisher Counselling Chester I provide the opportunity for you to explore any difficulties you are experiencing in your life in a welcoming, non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment.  We can work in person from a comfortable therapy room in central Chester or remotely via video (Zoom) or telephone.

Life can feel difficult or overwhelming at times and I understand that taking the step to contact a counsellor can feel daunting - it takes courage to ask for help. Counselling can offer the space to reflect and explore issues that are troubling you, in a calm environment, with a trained professional. Talking with a counsellor who is independent of your situation can help to clarify and make sense of your thoughts and feelings and make choices about how you would like to move forward.

I offer an initial session for £25. This gives us the opportunity to explore what has brought you to counselling, what I can offer and whether we feel we would like to work together.

As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), my work is guided by their Ethical Framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Clinical Counselling (Distinction), University of Chester
  • BSc Hons Psychology (2:1)
  • Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

My training is in the Person-centred counselling model. This is based on the belief that each of us has the resources to flourish and that the therapeutic environment of a counselling relationship can encourage this process to take place. It is very much a collaborative process, where we work together to help you find your way forward, and is not about you being judged or told what you should do.

I have also completed short courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and elements from these approaches can be integrated into our work if appropriate. I also hold a Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling from Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre, and whilst I am currently working with individuals only, this training helps to inform my work around relationships.

I have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.

I have worked in a variety of settings, gaining a broad range of experience. These include a GP surgery in Northwich, a hospice in Warrington where I worked with patients and family members, and Compass Counselling in Liverpool where I provided general and workplace support counselling. I have also worked with Breast Cancer Care supporting women following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Alongside my private practice, I currently work at a local hospice as a bereavement counsellor supporting carers and bereaved clients.

Examples of the kind of client issues I have experience of include depression, anxiety, bereavement, childhood abuse and trauma, work-related stress, low self-esteem, identity and relationships, health conditions, being a carer.

Following on from my Masters dissertation, I have published research on the impact of breast cancer on sexuality in younger women.

I am registered with Employee Assistance Programme Providers including AXA and Aviva.

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & 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).

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Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Additional information

£25 initial session
£45 subsequent sessions

Availability

I offer face to face appointments on Mondays and remote (Zoom/telephone) appointments on Thursdays.

The Old Rectory
St. Mary's Hill
Chester
CH1 2DW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My therapy room is on the first floor, access is via stairs only.

Sue Shortt, BSc Psychology, MA Clinical Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)

Sue Shortt, BSc Psychology, MA Clinical Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)