Dr Susan Stevens, CPsychol, AFBPsS
I offer counselling, and psychological therapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR) for individuals (adults)
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, 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 15 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 two 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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Sleep issues
General counselling: £50 per session
Structured psychological assessment and programme of CBT/EMDR: £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 PTSD, 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Friday afternoons, some Saturday and evening appointments may be available.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have been offering clinical supervision for over 10 years, in groups and one-to-one, for experienced practitioners (psychologists, counsellors), newly qualified practitioners and trainees, in the NHS, private practice and voluntary sector.