Susannah Willcox MBACP
Therapy is as much about what we don’t say as what we do. There may be experiences that you find difficult to put into words, or distressing to say out loud. Maybe there’s something specific troubling you, or maybe you’re aware of a general feeling of unease, anxiety, numbness or futility. At times like these, it can help to have someone alongside you.
I’m a BACP-registered counsellor based in North London. My training and way of working is integrative, which means that I draw on different ways of understanding human experience to find an approach that works best for you. You might have heard of some of these before – person-centred, existential, psychodynamic, or body psychotherapy, for example – or you might not.
Either way, the most important thing to know is that I will be guided by your experience of the world and the relationship between us. My role is not to provide a diagnosis or give you solutions but to help you to re-connect with your own feelings, desires and intuitions – to find your way back to yourself. In doing so, we might explore dreams, drawings, music, writing, physical sensations, or anything else that feels useful.
If you're interested in finding out more, the first step is to get in touch to arrange a phone conversation or an initial session where we can get to know each other, uninterrupted. If we both feel that the first meeting has gone well, we can arrange a time to meet regularly, usually for 50 minutes a week. We might agree to meet for a short time (6-12 sessions), a longer time (6 months to a year), or without any fixed ending.
While the government is advising us to limit physical contact, I'm able to offer sessions via phone or Zoom, with the aim of returning to face-to-face sessions when possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at The Minster Centre, the UK’s leading institute for integrative counselling and psychotherapy. I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and I’m now completing a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I’m guided by their ethical framework. I’m also a member of The Relational School.
I have over ten years’ experience in research, advocacy, and social justice in the UK and Australia. As a migrant myself, I have a long-standing interest in migration and belonging. I have a PhD in climate change and international law, and I’ve worked since 2012 with people in immigration detention. This means I’ve got to know people from all walks of life who are struggling with a range of issues, including trauma, violence, displacement, discrimination, bereavement, hearing voices, self-harm, anxiety, despair, perfectionism, addiction, and more.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £65 per session. I have a limited number of reduced-fee places available. Please let me know if circumstances mean that you’re not able to pay the full fee.