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Susanne Spencer - Registered MBACP

Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 01539562217 01539562217 07804863408 07804863408

About me

Hello. To decide to begin counselling is to take a very courageous step. Choosing a counsellor who you feel you can relate to can seem like a big decision to have to make. And it is important, as our relationship is central to the work we will do together. Our first meeting will give you the time and space to decide.

My training is person-centred, the basis for which is to offer genuine warmth and acceptance in our relationship. As your counsellor, I will listen to you in confidence without judging in any way. Being understood and accepted in this way develops your trust in our relationship. It feels safer then for you to express your thoughts and feelings and so to begin to clarify your situation, to gain insight and to heal emotionally.

Soon you will be aware of how much power already resides within you and, during counselling, you will be encouraged to trust in this intuitive ability to know what is best for you. There is no agenda except your own, so you need have no fear about being coerced into anything for which you are not yet ready.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a person-centred counsellor and I am registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their Code of Ethics. I work from a person-centred approach but where it is appropriate for the client I integrate other approaches, which might include T.A. (Transactional Analysis) and C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.)

Since 1993, I have worked with individuals and couples in a variety of counselling contexts including student counselling, Practice Counsellor for a GP surgery and in private practice in England and France.

I teach Counselling Skills and Personal Development including Self-awareness, Increasing Confidence and Self-esteem and also Assertiveness Skills. I also work as a life coach.

2005 Coaching Core Essentials (Coach U - U.S.A.)

1993 Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling   (Manchester Metropolitan University)

1987 Certificate R.S.A Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning (Weymouth College, Dorset)

1986 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Bolton Institute if Higher Education)

1982 B.A. (Hons) Humanities (Bolton Institute of Higher Education)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As a personal development teacher I can offer talks, workshops and courses on Self-awareness, Boosting Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem and Assertiveness.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Rates are for a one hour session:

£40 for individuals

£35 for an online session

£50 for couples


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Further information

How can you get started with counselling?

If you would like to discuss anything or if you have any questions, please get in touch either by phone or e-mail. If I am not in, you can leave a message and I'll get straight back to you.

If you decide you would like to meet, we can then arrange a mutually convenient time for you to come to my home. We will spend approx 50 minutes together, during which time I can answer any questions you might have and we can talk about what you might want from counselling.

If you are happy to continue we will arrange a second session and agree on how often we will meet.

If you should decide you do not want to go any further with counselling, there will be no charge for this first meeting. If you do want to continue with counselling there will be a reduced charge for this session.

Milnthorpe
Cumbria
LA7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I offer appointments by telephone or online. It's a simple process to download a free app to work online. Contact me to find out more.

Availability

Flexible - and I can be available for evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Susanne Spencer - Registered MBACP

Susanne Spencer - Registered MBACP

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