Susan Sissons MBACP(Accred), EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant

Susan Sissons MBACP(Accred), EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant


01580 714255 / 07799 888052

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About me

'Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through life without any obstacles…we would not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly!’ Lessons from a Butterfly (see below), Author Unknown

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist, and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant  and Clinical Supervisor, with over 15 years experience gained mainly in the NHS (in Primary Care), with Kent Police and in private practice. My approach is Integrative, with a Person-Centered philosophy underpinning all of my work. I am also a teacher of Mindfulness and offer mindfulness workshops and courses. I am recognised by BUPA and other health insurers, and can also provide counselling under the Benenden Healthcare scheme. I have a clinic in Cranbrook.


Carl Jung says 'neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering'. There seems to be 'necessary suffering' that comes with life and aids our personal growth and development. However, unnecessary suffering happens when we don't know or haven't been shown how to be with the natural difficulties and challenges of being human.

Trauma, loss, bereavement, performance anxiety, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, ill-health and major life changes can affect us all at some point in our lives. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed. As an experienced Counsellor & Psychotherapist, I aim to offer an accepting, compassionate and safe place for you to express your thoughts and feelings about whatever is troubling you; to accept and acknowledge yourself and your 'legitimate suffering' so that healing can take place and change can occur. In therapy you may be encouraged to explore and challenge unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, and to rediscover your own innate strengths and wisdom, so that you can look beyond the immediate problem and gain new perspectives. With increased awareness comes the possibility of making more creative choices which, in turn, enables you to lead more fulfilling lives.


'Trauma is not a life sentence'
Peter Levine

Traumatic symptoms can result from the experience of an overwhelming event or a series of distressing ones. Common symptoms include irritability, anger, panic attacks, feelings of shame and guilt, isolation and fear, hypervigilance, poor sleep, restlessness, being easily startled and avoidance behaviours. Research has been conducted demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. EMDR can also be extremely effective in healing early attachment issues and in the relief of panic attacks and phobias. The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) has validated EMDR as a preferred method of treatment in the NHS for post-traumatic stress disorder.


‘Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

I offer EMDR and Counselling supervision. This can be provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Small groups offer the added richness of peer interaction while, at the same time, remaining intimate. They are also a cost effective alternative to one-to-one supervision. Please contact me if you are interested in joining a group or if you and a group of peers would like to establish a new group in my practice or at your place of work.


A man found the cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon; the man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it just could not go any further.So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly. He expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings, and it was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste didn’t understand was that the restricting cocoon, and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved it’s freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been, and we would never fly.

-Author Unknown-

Training, qualifications & experience

'No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.' Kahlil Gibran

I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from West Kent College where I studied Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis models of counselling. Since my Diploma I have completed the Karuna Institute's Foundation Certificate in Core Process Psychotherapy, a mindfulness approach to therapy and completed a teacher training in Mindfulness with Bangor University. I am a BACP accredited counsellor and also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Consultant, accredited by the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. I have a Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am trained to the intermediate level in Somatic Experiencing, a psychosomatic approach to healing trauma developed by Peter Levine. I have a Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

I have worked as a Counsellor in a number of settings, including the NHS in Primary Care, with Kent Police, an addiction agency and a bereavement agency. I established my private practice 8 years ago. I have worked with a broad range of clients and issues on both a long and short-term basis, and have specific training and experience in trauma, addiction and bereavement. I offer mindfulness workshops and courses.

As a BACP accredited counsellor, I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy, and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership


'The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.' C.G. Jung

If you are considering counselling or EMDR, it is important to find a counsellor you can talk openly with. Research shows that the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client is the most significant factor in determining the outcome of counselling.

I charge £55 for a daytime counselling or EMDR session (one hour) and £60 for an evening session after 6pm. I am recognised by Bupa and other health insurers.

I offer one-to-one EMDR and Counselling supervision in Cranbrook and charge £60 for one hour or £90 for 1.5 hours. I also run small supervision groups (both Counselling and EMDR) monthly.

Maps & Directions

Cranbrook, TN17

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays