Susan Wallendahl MA MBACP Psychotherapist and Counsellor
I am an experienced and fully qualified face to face and online counsellor/psychotherapist who is used to working with men and women of all ages, backgrounds, cultures as a result of my work in the NHS. As a trained Christian counsellor, I am comfortable talking about spirituality.
What Problems can I help with?
No problem is too big or too small. I have successfully helped people with issues such as:
· Workplace Bullying/Stress
· Life Transitions
· Relationship Problems/Loss/Bereavement
· Trauma and Abuse
· Chronic Illness and Pain
· Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirths, Cot Death
· Alcohol Abuse
· Eating Disorders
What to Expect?
I provide attentive listening without judgement in a safe and confidential manner. Clients often tell me they have never really been understood before or that they don’t want to burden their friends and families. My initial aim will be to help you clarify what is troubling you and to agree on your counselling goals, e.g. how would you like things to be different? I work both short term ( 6 sessions or less) as well as long term depending on your needs.
I treat my clients as individuals and work with them in a collaborative manner which addresses their unique personality and specific needs. I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach but will draw on a variety of psychological therapies and techniques to help someone understand their responses to experiences and find ways of managing them. I conduct frequent reviews to check out how we are doing, what is helpful, unhelpful etc. because the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client is the most important factor for a successful outcome.
My training has taught me to look at a person holistically and not to compartmentalise different aspects such as the physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual. In other words, each of those things is connected. I also consider the impact of contextual factors such as family, work, culture on your mental health. I will treat you with respect and compassion and adhere to the ethical guidelines of the BACP and ACTO.
My clinical experience has been primarily gained working as a counsellor within NHS primary care. I have years of experience working in a number of busy London GP surgeries as well as running my own private practice. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I supported parents whose babies died of cot death after my own experience of losing my son.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Clinical experience as counsellor in NHS GP practices and in private practice
- Masters in Integrative Counselling – University of Roehampton with Advanced Training in Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT)
- Certificate of Christian Counselling – CWR/London School of Theology
- General Certificate in Online counselling & Psychotherapy - @ACADEMY FOR ONLINE Counselling & Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My standard fee is £60 per daytime session but I do have some concessionary rates available. I offer a free 15 minute telephone or online consultation for prospective new clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime or evening sessions. Short term or longer term therapy. Face to face or online.
Types of client