Susanne Spencer - Registered MBACP
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
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.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Rates are for a one hour session:
£40 for individuals
£35 for an online session
£50 for couples
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible - and I can be available for evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|