Dr Sue Milton
Hello. It is imperative that you find the right therapist for you. I am mindful of how difficult this can be, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable. I hope my profile will provide you with an idea of me and my therapeutic practice. If you would like to get a clearer sense, call me, I would be happy to speak to you and answer any of your initial questions or concerns that could help you deduce if I am the right therapist for you.
I have a genuine passion for my work and never underestimate the privilege of being allowed an insight into someone's deepest emotions. Taking that first step to ask for help is difficult and I would like to assure you that I will value and respect you and that your confidentiality is paramount. I will provide you with my time and space in a welcoming and warm environment where I hope you will feel able to share the issues in your life that are causing discomfort.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are a continuum. I offer short term counselling where you will be able to work through specific problems and longer term psychotherapy where deeper issues can be explored. Sometimes people seek therapy for personal development or when they just have a general feeling of something being not quite right. I would like to stress that nothing concerning you is trivial if it is causing you emotional unrest or pain.
It is important for you to know that I am a degree qualified Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and work in accordance with the framework of my regulating bodies as this guarantees that I provide a professional and ethical service. However, more importantly is the quality of the relationship that we can build. The therapeutic relationship is the most significant factor in the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy.
The Humanistic essence of the way I work is to create a trusting and non-judgemental relationship that values your uniqueness. Further, my Integrative stance will be to utilise my knowledge of a range of 'techniques' and adjust these to your individual needs and circumstances. This will support you to develop an insight and understanding of your difficulties through your feelings, emotions, thoughts and behaviours. The potential for healing and positive change will be enhanced when you discover your solutions. The heart of my practice is the development of a real relationship where I will 'be my-self' that will support you to be 'your-self.'
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
My interest in talking therapies began with a couple of introductory courses into listening and counselling skills. This ignited the undertaking of a complete change in career, I was a medical research scientist, as I discovered a passion and developed a commitment for the alleviation of emotional discord through counselling and psychotherapy. I undertook 3 years of study and training on a BACP accredited course as a Humanistic and Integrative therapist with The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham. In 2014 I was awarded a 1st Class BSc Honours degree from the University of Coventry in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
1986 BSc Microbiology University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1990 Phd Biological Sciences University of Birmingham
I regularly work with clients who have concerns regarding a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, anger, relationship and family issues, bereavement and other loss, self-confidence and self-esteem, addictions and other mental health problems. I frequently work with clients who have experienced trauma and emotional, physical or sexual abuse currently or from childhood. I work with the impact of this in childhood and its ramifications in adult life and current relationships.
Until recently I was the in-house counsellor and psychotherapist and co-ordinated and managed the counselling service at Central Nottinghamshire Mind. This entailed working with adults experiencing a range of mental health issues and emotional dissonance.
I previously gained counselling experience in other charitable organisations.
Professional Membership and Ethical Practice
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I have regular clinical supervision which ensures the efficacy and safety of my practice and undertake continual professional development. Recent advanced training I have undertaken includes working with aspects of relational trauma, mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training, 'CBT with a heart,' relational and integrative psychotherapy, dissociative identity disorder, childhood trauma and abuse, dealing with distress: suicide and self harm, trauma and the body, working with personality disorders, child sexual abuse and working with relational trauma, specifically around attachment issues.
I am committed to working with people across the spectrum of diversity including culture, race, faith, sexuality and disability. I have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB) and am fully insured for counselling and psychotherapy work.
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
I offer a free initial telephone consultation. I charge £50 for a no obligation initial meeting and assessment.This involves a discussion of your aims and expectations for counselling and is an opportunity for you to deduce further if we are able to work together.
Once you have decided that I am suitable to help you with your concerns my fees are £50 per 50 minute session. Payment is required in cash at the beginning of a session or by bank transfer prior to our meeting.
Daytime and early evening appointments
My practice in West Bridgford is accessed by a few steps, although full disabled access can be arranged. There is extensive on-road parking and the bus stop is in close proximity.
My counselling room is comfortable, quiet and offers a high degree of privacy.
If you have any concerns, questions or would like more information on my private practice, or would like to get a clearer sense of me, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I would be happy to speak to you or answer email enquiries that could help you in making a decision regarding working with me easier. If I am unavailable, please leave a message and I guarantee I will get back to you.
I have daytime appointments and a number of early evening appointments.