I offer personal one-to-one therapy and also offer sessions for couples tailored to the individual needs.
Being alive involves relationships and relationships can make our life challenging.
I can help you to look at yourself and at your choices to improve your life and relationships.
I believe that therapy begins with an intention. It can be as simple as wanting to have more space for yourself, wanting to be able to stand up for yourself, wanting to be heard, wanting a better quality of life, feeling less stress and anxiety, wanting to get out of a dark and sad place ……..
Clients come to therapy for many reasons, always with a wishful hope to improve their quality of life. It takes courage (and sometimes desperation) to make a start and to phone a therapist.
Once you have done this it is essential to find out if you feel comfortable with this person. So I recommend one session to get a real sense for yourself if you could work with me.
I practice a contemplative and compassionate therapeutic approach, recognising the uniqueness of each journey and of each person. I aim to create and hold a safe space for reflection where you can be heard, seen and feel met fully. I give space to you to experience whatever is uppermost for you in the present moment.
One of the things I value in my work is seeing the change in people, watching them become happier and more confident in themselves as the work progresses.
If you wish, as well as talking we can work with paint or clay, discovering what energes through colours and shapes. In moments of creativity it is sometimes possible to let go of emotional pain and come into contact with a different part of ourselves. In any case, therapy provides a non-judgemental space in which to become centred and grounded, creating the conditions to work with those emotions or issues that brought the you into this work.
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Clients’ reviews :
Susanne made me feel very comfortable and it struck me straight away how being in an environment such as this was alien to me, no judgment and space between sentences.( I could feel myself running through what had just been said). My brain was searching. This is more a message to her from someone who is overwhelmingly grateful. Susanne also managed me through deep grief so that I didn't take myself to a place where it was too much. Instead unknowingly at the time she was laying a small set of stepping stones that would lead me on a journey with myself that I never would have dreamt was possible.
"Over the past 9 months of seeing Susanne weekly, she has helped me in coming to terms with the unanticipated ending of a longstanding relationship. It has been a very painful time and I have always felt emotionally held and understood by Susanne, as she has facilitated me to express the depth of my sadness and other feelings, reflect on the dynamics of our past relationship and supported me to re-build my self-confidence and think about my options.Thank you"
“I first found Susanne five years ago and over the course of that time I have rediscovered my true self. I have had time away from counselling, but each time we have reconnected I have taken more steps forward.
Susanne allowed me to find myself in a safe and supportive space, I have found her practice to be gentle but strong. I have felt listened to and challenged. Through this process I was able to discover the walls that held me back, find the strength to break the walls down and then the courage to rebuild my life.”
“When I first came to therapy with Susanne I was in a very depressed and suicidal state of mind. With time and weekly sessions I started to notice what made my life most difficult and what choices I had got. I felt supported, listened to and challenged. Susanne seemed to have a real sense for the problem underlaying my presenting problem.
I became aware that I did not fit into a box. A sense of freedom grew in me and I find it much easier to accept myself now.”
Susanne has given me a new perspective on my whole life from dealing with abuse and accepting a failed marriage. She also helped me to step through my childhood and find some good bits as well as some of the bits that may have not served me well in my adult life. I am eternally grateful that I picked up the phone back on the day in March .
“Susanne was recommended to me by my tutor at University. I was suffering from depression and anxiety and an eating disorder. Six sessions changed my life as I have become more confident to be myself. I walked away with some tools to look after myself.”
Some thoughts about what psychotherapy offers:
Friendship with yourself means to know who you are, and what makes you that way; and to approach change just as friends help each other to adapt and develop.
In a Buddhist version of the fairytale about a frog prince, the frog does not turn into a prince, but is crowned as a frog - just as he is.
(Smith, K. 2005, in Chögyam Trungpa The Sanity We Are Born With, Boston: Shambala p.XI )
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapeutic Practice from Karuna Institute and Middlesex University.
I am a Registered Member of MBACP(Accredited)
I am also a potter, sculptress and painter.
I am a wife and mother.
I was raised in Germany, lived in many places in the world and have settled in the UK since many years.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with any of the above so called categories, but I believe in the individual and the suffering connected to it. I am very happy to look with you at the person as a whole human being.
Couple sessions are 90 min long . The cost is £75.00. The first session will will give clarity how you both want to move on. We will arrange sessions after your own need.
I offer weekly one-to-one hour long sessions for long term work. But I also offer short term work 8 – 12 sessions. The cost is £45.00 per hour with some reduced rate spaces
If you like to find out more about the way I work, please ring:
07786 333 466
If you would like we can arrange a session to see if we could work together
I abide by the Code of Ethics British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Code of Ethics of the The Karuna Institute (in Devon) where I undertook my training. I am an accredited member of BACP.