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

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

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. I work from comfortable therapy rooms in Upton, close to Chester city centre.

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 £20. 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 a registered member of the British Association for Counselling an 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 worked in a variety of settings, gaining a broad range of experience. These include a GP surgery in Northwich, two local hospices where I continue to work with carers, family members, bereaved clients and patients, and Compass Counselling in Liverpool where I provided general and workplace support counselling. I also work with Breast Cancer Care supporting women following a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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

Whilst my practice is very much person-centred, 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 hold a Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling from the Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre.

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

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Therapies offered


£20 initial session
Individuals - £40 subsequent sessions

Maps & Directions

Chester, CH2 1QH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I offer daytime and evening appointments

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme