Susannah Izzard UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Before I moved to Suffolk at the end of 2016, I worked in Birmingham as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years and worked as a counsellor in higher education for some years during this time.
As a psychoanalytic therapist I am interested in how our past experiences impact on how we feel and behave in the present; we can sometimes feel trapped or stuck in unhelpful patterns of relating, or experiencing life. Psychotherapy can help release these destructive patterns so that we become freer to respond in a life-giving way. If you enter psychotherapy with me, we will spend time understanding the way your past prevents you moving forward, and clear blocks and traumas that are causing distress. In addition to traditional talking therapy, I may introduce you to some gentle techniques which help clear trauma and distress. If you want to know more about how this might happen, please see below: ‘Energy Methods in Psychotherapy‘. It is my experience that energetic ways of working are both deep and transformational.
I offer the option of having my 'Pets As Therapy' dog Rafa join us in the room as we work together.
A particular interest of mine is accompanying people on their spiritual journey and I have 30 years’ experience of working in this way. I have organised and led Quiet Days and contributed to the training of those wishing to practise Spiritual Accompaniment.
I have supervised psychotherapy and counselling practitioners and those in other helping professions for many years. I am also an adult educator, having run a professional psychodynamic counsellor training at the University of Birmingham for over 10 years, and now offer a range of training in psychotherapy, personal development and pastoral practice.
My professional registration is with UKCP, which is my regulating body. I am also regulated by the Code of Ethics and Practice of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, a Member Organisation of UKCP.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially qualified as a Counsellor in 1993 by successfully completing a Masters' in Psychodynamic Counselling (a BACP Accredited training) at the University of Birmingham.
I went on to train as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, qualifying in 1999.
I was awarded the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Supervision by the University of Leicester in 1998.
More recently, in 2015 I completed the Converging Streams clinical training in the Use of Energy Methods in Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of faith
End of life
£60-75 for an initial assessment session, where we can explore what you are looking for and decide together if I am right for you.
£50 for a 50 minute talking therapy session.
£60-80 (depending on income) for a 75 minute therapy session using Energy Methods.
Energy Methods in Psychotherapy
In addition to the talking which takes place in any therapy session, I offer the possibility of using what are known as ‘Energy Methods’, designed to heal the ways in which early trauma, distressing memories and unhelpful patterns of relating to oneself and other people have been laid down in the body. Those practising Energy Methods understand that whilst talking alone can enable life-changes, addressing the psychological difficulties that have been encoded in the body produces more enduring and thorough change.
Energy Methods address two main areas of energy in the body – energy centres (known for many years as chakras in Eastern medicine e.g. Ayurvedic medicine), and energy pathways (known for many years as meridians in Eastern medicine e.g. acupuncture). These energy centres and pathways are understood to be involved not only in physical health but also in psychological and emotional well-being. Energy centres and pathways are understood to contain memories and other information that are available for healing through the use of Energy Methods in psychotherapy.
WHAT MIGHT I EXPECT IN A TYPICAL SESSION WHERE ENERGY METHODS ARE USED?
There is always plenty of time in each session for client and therapist to talk together. Notes are taken to capture the exact words of the client which may be drawn on later to help us formulate a treatment statement.
A period of deeper exploration
When appropriate, we move to ‘include the body in the conversation’; and make use a simple non-invasive method for testing muscle tone, which enables us to engage the body’s wisdom. Through talking and testing muscle tone we are guided to identify the core issue presenting itself on this particular day. Muscle testing also enables us to check on the flow in the client’s energy system and to identify and resolve resistances to healing which may surface as deeper exploration is made. These resistances/reversals are the everyday ways in which we can resist growth and change, and sabotage ourselves, and resolving them is an important part of every treatment.
The Energy Treatment
Once a core issue has been identified, the session proceeds to the treatment itself. The client is guided to tap or hold various energy centres or points on energy pathways, whilst focusing on certain thoughts, feelings or memories elicited by the core issue.
Sessions are longer than the traditional ’50 minute hour’ of psychotherapy; we will generally contract to meet for a session length of an hour and a quarter. Occasionally contracts may be agreed for sessions that are for an hour and a half or two hours in duration.