Welcome - I am available for both counselling and counselling supervision, to people from all walks of life, living within the United Kingdom, aged 18 and over.
Currently accepting clients for online and telephone support – Due to the on-going Corona Pandemic, no in-person sessions available.
known as Sue – using the pronouns she/her/hers and describe myself as an aware, qualified, professional counsellor with 19 years’ experience of supporting others.
The first part of my week is spent supporting families in a Hospice environment in the role of child and family counsellor. Part of a multidiscipline team, I am meeting the needs of families with complex care requirements within a specialist trauma and bereavement counselling service. My role includes counselling family members through the traumatic lived experience of a life changing diagnosis, caring for a loved one with life-shortening and/or life-limiting conditions, through palliative care, and bereavement process, including neonatal death.
The second part of my week is spent as a private practitioner focusing on supporting people with many difficulties including victims of domestic violence (DV), sexual abuse (childhood & adulthood). People suffering with common mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, panic, OCD, or trying to cope with intrusive thought processors; you may be stressed from coping with your job or studying, you may be trying to heal from abusive or difficult relationships or betrayal and breakdown of trust and finding it almost impossible. You may need to develop your sense of identity and, or want to strengthen your self-esteem, confidence, or resilience. You may want your lived experiences to be heard, validated, and acknowledge.
You may be reading this because of difficulties and concerns, the pandemic has more than likely given you time to reflect or triggered old wounds, you may be feeling confused or disorientated not knowing which way to turn - together we can explore and make sense of your lived experiences and find a way for you to walk to a place of peace.
Counselling is caring and committing to yourself which can be difficult since you’ve probably put others before you for a lifetime and you're last on your list for needs, wants and care.
Counselling is a life enriching process and can benefit you by enabling your healing and empower you to be effective and competent in meeting your personal needs, and the needs of those you love. Whilst making conscious informed decisions which improve your living and that of those around you.
The way I work – My supporting style is based on awareness, skills and knowledge, informed by an Integrative Counselling Model, which means your therapy will be tailored to your needs. I offer you a grounding presence of safety, gently moving you forward, working with and from heart compassionately creating connections & peace of mind.
In partnership with you at your pace, together we will find a way forward.
Taking one step at a time; we can begin to creatively explore and discover the ‘how’s' and ‘what's’ of your natural responses to difficult situations. Our sessions will help you gain new insight, awareness, and skills, and offer you practical ‘tools’ which you can utilise. Empowering you to tap into your strengths (yes, they are there you perhaps haven’t noticed them yet) and maintain your overall mental and emotional well-being, long after therapy has ended.
A Trauma informed, qualified and utilising many years of experience counselling and supporting others going through the toughest of times, many struggling with their lived experiences.
Blending several theoretical models, interventions and techniques which may include elements from Person-Centred, Cognitive and Behavioural (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Bereavement, Trauma and Strength Based Counselling models.
You will experience the therapeutic elements and tools changing several times, as you make sense of your concerns and gain mastery over your emotional world. As you do, you'll understand yourself more, achieve your specific goals and make more sense of the world around you.
Make it easier on yourself and seek support today - take your first step by contacting me and together will find your path to peace.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists Reg MBACP
- Accredited Bereavement Counsellor (Cruse)
- BACP certificate of proficiency
- First Aid qualified
- CPCAB Advanced Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling
AQA Certificate in Counselling Children & Adolescents
- AQA Sociology A Level
AQA Psychology GCSE
AQA Sociology GCSE
- NOCN Brief Interventions (BI)
Drug misuse awareness
- British Sign Language - BS -L1
- First Aid at Work L3
Training & CPD:
Proficient and experienced in the following:
- Online and Telephone Counselling (80 hours)
- Mindfulness-Based CBT Diploma
- Couples & Family Therapy Diploma
- Cruse Bereavement Care
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate Bereavement Program (60 hours)
Certificate of Accreditation
Certificate of Telephone Counselling
- Victim Support Training program
Serious Crime Trained
Supporting victims of domestic violence
Supporting victims of sexual abuse
- Doncaster Alcohol Services (DAS)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy Skills
Brief Intervention (BI)
Stages of Change Model
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Body Process in Counselling
Child Sexual Abuse
Working with relational Trauma, dealing with disorganised attachment
Trauma & the Body - Somatisation and dissociation
- Healthcare NHS Trust
Time limited Counselling/Brief Therapy
The Inner Family
Healing the Inner Family
- Hospice CPD
Working with Suicide
Bereavement Master Class - Lois Tonkin 'Growing around Grief'
Completed many on-going training workshops to maintain and enhance my awareness, skills and knowledge. I believe in life-long learning and personal and professional development.
Completed a successful project funded by the National Lottery to identify 'Best Practice' for Assessing client needs; wrote, developed and delivered a Post Bereavement Assessment tool facilitating over 200 client assessment sessions, training 2 further Officers in the use and delivery of the tool and took lead to group supervision. I achieved Accredited Bereavement Counsellor status.
I have written, developed and facilitate a 6 monthly Psychoeducation Bereavement Support Program within a Children's Hospice setting; delivering on a monthly basis supporting families through the chaotic and traumatic effects the death of a precious and beloved Child brings.
I have written, developed and facilitate professional workshops on self-care, vicarious trauma, anxiety awareness, building resiliency and raising awareness of relational dynamics.
Knowledge and skill is important but it is of little use unless it is applied to daily living. Personal experience has been my biggest teacher and continues to be so.
I am no stranger to the journey you may be contemplating embark upon; perhaps the only difference is I set sail before you and am now the captain of my own ship and committed to on-going life-long process of growth and development.
It is my belief ALL persons regardless of age, experience or capabilities can fulfil their fullest potential starting from where they are in the here and now.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am interested in listening to and supporting ALL people:
Particularly interested, experienced in supporting recovery, repairing & rejuvenating the specific wounds left by:
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) from chronic long-term repetitive stress which may be from Childhood sexual, emotional or physical abuse, personal attacks, rape, repeated violations of personal boundaries, Narcissistic process in relationships, living in crisis or poverty.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from witnessing or being involved in domestic violence, relationship trauma, natural disasters, survivor guilt, a diagnosis of life-threatening conditions, flashbacks, nightmares, long-term mental health or physical issues.
- Loss of identity/Self - low self-esteem, confidence or self-worth.
- Alleviating suffering from:
High Anxiety states - Nervous breakdown, Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - Panic, Phobias, Social phobia's.
I have a particular interest and well read in Psychoanalytical psychology and the concepts of Carl Jung which emphasizes the importance of the individual psyche and the personal quest for wholeness.
I work successfully with parts of psyche and the patterns of behaviour which keep us stuck and are hard to change; for example anxiety, repeated patterns and complex stress disorders.
Inner Child healing, working with you to find your inner Child, connecting with and taking the inner journey to heal at deeper levels.
Counselling is a powerful source of support for people who wish to develop personally: it can also be a space to support building interpersonal and life skills i.e.
Building Emotional authenticity.
- Time Management
- Debt management.
To name a few.
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling therapeutic hour:
Supervision session 90 minutes:
Professionals £60 - Students/ Volunteers/Carers £40
I offer short-term and long term support and/or brief interventions as your needs require.
Mainly I book appointments on Thursday, Friday and Sat am, I do have other days available so please feel free to contact me by phone between 8am-8pm to discuss your needs.
Warm regards Sue
I work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which all members are bound by their code of ethics and which is accredited by Professional Standards Authority.
The pendulum of the mind osculates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal
Pamela Vaull Starr
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.
To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.
Allowing hope not pain to make the important decisions for life - because
Dying matters, life matters, peace matters - each and every individual person matters equally.
Please visit my website for further information http://www.pendulumofpeace.com