Susan Stephen, PhD, MBACP (Accred)
I am an experienced person-centred counsellor committed to working with you in a collaborative way that enables you to develop your capacity to thrive within your life, relationships and work.
I have a particular interest in the impact of loss and change in our lives. Often the losses that we experience - of loved ones, relationships, homes, jobs - occur without warning and it takes time to work through the pain that loss brings and find a way to make sense of what has occurred. Even when we have time to anticipate a loss, its significance - for example, to our identity or sense of belonging - can confuse and surprise us. Meanwhile, most change - even when made for positive reasons - involves some degree of loss. Indeed, making a decision to change can often be extremely difficult because of what must be given up in order to move forward. The resulting sense of feeling stuck, distressed and helpless can be difficult to work through without support.
As your counsellor, I will work empathically and respectfully with you to explore your life experiences so that you can increase your self-awareness and self-belief and find a way forward.
As a member of Drop the Disorder (see www.adisorder4everyone.com), I support non-pathologising ways to understand and respond to emotional distress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Strathclyde in 2004 and became an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2006. In 2010 I gained an MSc in Counselling (University of Strathclyde) and am currently completing my PhD thesis at the same university.
Since I began my counselling practice in early 2003, I have gained diverse experience working with clients in a range of different settings: within an NHS-funded service, a voluntary organisation, a research clinic, and Employee Assistance Programs. I have worked with individuals and couples in private practice since 2006.
I trained as a person-centred supervisor in 2007-8 (PCT Professional Development) and offer individual and group supervision to experienced and trainee counsellors and other professionals who work with vulnerable people.
I was a member of the training team in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde from 2013 until 2018, working with postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MCs students.
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.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard hourly fee for a counselling or supervision session is £50. I am open to negotiation as it is important to me that we agree a fee that is affordable to you and possible for both of us to sustain during the time that we work together. Please contact me to discuss.