Susan Trussell MBACP (Accred)
Ashcroft Therapy Centre
Banbury Therapy Centre
69 Oxford Road
I work with adults coping with loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety and depression. I also have experience counselling in schools and working with children and young people with issues including parental separation, bullying at school, self esteem and managing anger.
Many people who see a counsellor for the first time are a bit wary of all the ‘therapy stuff’ and are unsure of how it works. It can seem daunting and confusing, so many different theories,so much choice, when you perhaps just want someone to listen to you, to understand how life is for you right now, and to work with you towards a positive outcome.
Bottling things up can be draining and exhausting, but sometimes talking to those closest to us is difficult. As a counsellor I have been trained to listen differently, in a non-judgmental way. I aim to offer you a safe and secure space to freely express and explore your thoughts and feelings and look at your current coping strategies. With my support, you may be able to see things from a different perspective, gain new insights and clarity, and find possibilities for moving forward.
How many sessions will be needed? This will be up to you, and will depend on what your needs are. Some people find that as little as three of four sessions can make a real difference. Others may value a longer-term supportive relationship.
Counselling for Children and Young People
When a child is swamped by difficult and muddled feelings it is hard for them to articulate what is troubling them. They often don’t want to upset their parents by talking to them about their concerns and can end up bottling it all up. Worries can include bullying, family relationships and friendships, and can result in angry outbursts or withdrawn behaviour.
I have trained and worked in a school setting with Place2be, a children's counselling organisation, and currently counsel 5-18 year olds for a family mediation service, seeing children and families who are struggling with divorce or separation and related issues.
I aim to look at things from a child’s perspective, not taking sides, perhaps at a time when parents are struggling with conflicting emotions themselves. Step families can be hard for all to adjust to, and I aim to help movement towards an acceptance of a new ‘normal’, building positive family relationships.
When a loved one dies it can be the single most distressing experience that we will ever face. We can be unprepared for the physical and emotional reaction to our loss and find ourselves overwhelmed by the enormity of our feelings.
It can be helpful to talk to a counsellor who isn’t personally involved, someone who understands the grieving process, understands that it takes as long as it takes and will be there alongside you on your journey.
Depression affects many people at some time in their life. It is more than just having a bad day. If we are going through a particularly difficult or stressful time we can expect our mood to be lower than it would be normally. It becomes a concern if we feel persistently low, if we can find no joy in our day to day life, are tearful, irritable, sleep badly and cannot concentrate on anything.
Counselling can be a helpful contribution to overcoming depression. I am a person-centred counsellor, which means that I believe that we all have a natural tendency to grow and thrive, but sometimes we need to get back on track. Through a non-judgmental, trusting relationship I aim to help you get in touch with the feelings underlying your depression, to express these and make sense of them and find new ways of looking at the world that you live in.
We can look at the ‘shoulds’ in your world. “I ‘should’ be able to cope better, pull myself out of this and enjoy life more.” Living up to other peoples’ expectations and keeping up appearances can be draining. My intention is to offer support in moving away from self-defeating assumptions and towards a hopeful future, always at your own pace.
Domestic abuse can take many forms; physical, verbal and emotional. It can also happen to anyone and can be very hard to come to terms with and make healthy choices for the future. Talking to a counsellor can help clarify a way forward that works for you.
If this is part of your past then counselling can help you understand what has happened and deal with the anger and guilt that often arise.
For children who witness abuse it can become ‘normal’ and they can take their experiences with them through to adult life. They may feel that they are to blame for their parent’s difficulties and counselling can help them make sense of it.
Supervisor - Children, Young People and Adults
I am experienced BACP accredited counsellor and a supervisor to both trainee and qualified counsellors. My supervision practice reflects my counselling style which is predominantly person centred but I also use other approaches where appropriate. I offer a regular space and time to think about your work and relationships with your clients. We can work together to look at issues that arise such as separating out our own stuff, monitoring our own self care, over involvement with clients and other ethical dilemmas. I aim to offer a warm, non-judgemental environment where supervisees can safely bring their successes as well as worries.
Finding the right supervisor for you can take time and the supervisory relationship is usually a long term partnership. I therefore offer a free initial session of up to an hour where we can meet, you can tell me about your work, level of experience, placement if in training, and type and number of clients that you see. We can look at what you would like from supervision and I can answer any of your questions.
Once we have agreed to work together my costs are £50 per hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice work, I provide counselling services for children, young people and adults for a family mediation service in Oxfordshire and have worked as a counsellor in a London school. I am also experienced in bereavement counselling with Cruse.
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Place2be Play Therapist Training
Cruse: Awareness in Bereavement Care - The Foundation Course
Specialist training courses completed in:-
Child Attachment Theory and Development
Cruse: A Child’s Grief
Loss and Bereavement
Memberships of Professional Bodies:-
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Registered with the BACP Directory for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and a DBS check.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People's Counselling
£50 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am experienced BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor to both trainee and qualified counsellors.View supervision profile