Dr Susan Stevens, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Counselling and psychological therapy
I offer counselling, and psychological therapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR) for individuals (adults).
Due to the Covid19 pandemic and lockdown, all sessions are currently via telephone or video (eg, Zoom, Microsoft Teams). Unfortunately, I am not able to undertake any face-to-face work yet, although hope to resume this, with appropriate measures in place, later in 2021 (in Guildford).
I can offer a listening ear, free of any judgement or assumptions, to help you recognise and make some sense of any distressing thoughts and feelings.
If preferred, and/or in addition, I can also offer a more structured psychological assessment and plan of treatment for specific psychological issues, including anxiety, panic, low mood, trauma, intense emotions, and chronic pain management.
I have been offering supervision since 2010, to
- Groups and individuals
- Trainees (Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, CBT therapists working towards BABCP accreditation)
- Qualified practitioners (newly qualified, or highly experienced)
Previous training workshops include:
- introductory training for counselling
- traumatic bereavement
- working across a language gap
- Introduction to CBT
- working with trauma
- emotional regulation skills
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience includes over 20 years counselling as a volunteer in several different organisations supporting people who have experience loss and/or trauma, over 7 years experience in primary care in the NHS offering CBT for depression, anxiety disorders and trauma, and recently, over three years in secondary care offering CBT or EMDR for people with severe and complex psychological difficulties.
My formal training and qualifications are:
- BSc in Psychology (Open University) 2000
- MSc in Counselling Psychology (City University London) 2006
- Post MSc Diploma in Counselling Psychology (City University London) 2007
- DPsych, Counselling Psychology (City University London) 2011
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies - CBT (University of Surrey) 2012
I engage in regular training/continuing professional development; my CPD in 2020 was inevitably focused on developing competence in delivering counselling, CBT and EMDR online.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Sleep issues
- Chronic pain
- Abuse: from harassment/hate crimes
£85 per session
I find it helpful to have a longer first session, possibly up to 90 minutes, to give us both a bit more time to get to know each other, and ask all the questions we need to (and fill out some basic paperwork). The fee for this initial session remains at the hourly rate.
Please contact me about fees for supervision, as these will vary according to circumstances.
A health warning:
There can be potential negative side-effects of therapy.
I offer therapy - this is supposed to be therapeutic and help with distress. Sometimes, however, for various reasons, distress can increase during or after sessions.
This can sometimes happen during treatment for trauma, for example. It is therefore really important to feel able to discuss this in advance, and make sensible plans to manage any increase in distressing memories, dreams or emotions between sessions.
If you have any questions at all, please do contact me and I’ll be very happy to discuss things further.