Susanna Petitpierre (MBACP)
How counselling can help:
At times we are confronted by difficulties in life which can become overwhelming. We may want to seek support, tell our story, and perhaps, feel, and more deeply understand these challenging life events.
We may feel our energy, vitality and joy for life has been diminished. Or perhaps stuck or confused about our way forward. Signals and symptoms may emerge such as increased anxiety, panic, depression, addiction and other embodied health concerns.
These signals and symptoms can be clues and indicators that things are not right and you need to take care of yourself. Often we attempt to solve our problems with short term solutions. Sometimes we may make attempts to cope and manage difficult times by escaping from them. This can frequently make us feel worse and leave us feeling more stuck and in a cycle of unhelpful behaviours and relationship patterns.
Counselling can provide an experience of being with an interested and attuned listener. The counsellor can provide a supportive and focused space while you explore difficulties or dissatisfaction. The aim is always to guide clients to work out what they need to do for themselves. It is not about giving clients the answers or telling them what to do. Rather, counselling is about working in compassionate collaboration to support clients to make sense of their unique lived experience, whilst regaining trust in themselves and hope in life.
Counselling can provide the possibility to reshape your relationship to being in the world. It can be an opportunity to consider what has happened, what matters now, and what you would like for yourself going forward (in a meaningful way). Perhaps providing awareness that we are not fixed and that there is possibility within the inevitable experiences of both joy and adversity. Viewing these experiences as potential opportunities to learn and live with more integrity and authenticity. The process may take time, and undoubtedly takes courage, commitment, and responsibility.
My relationally centred approach to counselling aims to enable clients to experience a genuine and caring relationship, where they can reach a deeper level of understanding about who they are, as well as the experiences and relationships they have had and what they value now and in the future.
Each lived experience is different and I offer a safe space to listen and unfold what has happened. Together we can pay attention and understand what your difficulties are disclosing to you about being in relationship to yourself, others and the world. I will support you to explore what matters to you and how to move forward with that in mind.
I typically work with people on an open ended basis. However, I am happy to work short term with clients if agreed.
I am currently writing up my research for my doctoral studies in ‘Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy’. My research interest is in existential sexuality. Presently I am working on the following research project: Women’s meaning and experience of being sexual in consensually non-monogamous relationships.
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (MBACP). I am trained in existential therapy and this is my main way of working. I am informed by philosophy as well as psychological theory. I have training and experience of working with other modalities including psychodynamic and third wave CBT approaches including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT).
I also have many years of psychologically centred assessment, training and development experience whilst working as a business psychologist in the UK and the United Arab Emirates. My area of expertise is leadership assessment, development and stress management. Additionally, I have spent many years training in yoga and meditation. Mindfulness and a focused exploration of our lived body experience is incorporated into all my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently working as an honorary counselling psychologist and psychotherapist in training in two NHS clinical health psychology departments, as part of my doctoral programme:
- NHS Sussex Partnership trust - clinical health psychology department.
I work long and short term with clients struggling with cardiac and diabetic conditions. Additionally, I work in the psychosexual department working with clients with sexual and relationship concerns.
Other clinical placements:
- The Rock Clinic: (Brighton and Hove)
Working with clients with a broad range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, loss, sexual and relationship issues.
Education and Training:
- Currently in the final year of my Doctorate programme:
DCPsych Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (in training).
- PGDiploma Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundation in Counselling and Coaching
- Masters in Occupational and Organisational Psychology
- Conversion In Psychology
- BSc Honours Degree in Sociology
Other Professional Qualifications:
- Registered member: British association of counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing. Level A,B, B+;HPI, HDS, MVPI.
- Teacher of Dynamic Yoga training method.
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
Counselling fees and payment:
Adults (50-minute session)
Early Morning: 6am-9am £90
Evening: 5pm-10pm £90
We may agree to a lower fee for counselling depending on your circumstances. This can be discussed at assessment.
I have clinics in the following locations:
London - Victoria
West Sussex - Haywards Heath
East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Please get in touch to discuss clinic days and times