Cardigan Natural Healing Centre
Alliance Therapy Centre
24 King Street
Susie Bates - Psychotherapist
Hello, I am Susie, a qualified psychotherapist working in Carmarthen and Cardigan. My approach in counselling puts your needs first, providing an opportunity for you to be listened to and supported.
My initial focus is on building a warm and empathetic relationship with you, to hold space for you so we can then begin to explore whatever has brought you to seek counselling. One of the most important indicators of outcome in psychotherapy (regardless of theoretical background)is the relationship between counsellor and therapist. I will take the time to listen to you and understand what is causing you distress in the present time.
My background is in Emotion Focused Therapy(EFT). I translate this into practice by encouraging you to look at your emotions in the here and now and together we can explore the information they might be giving you in terms of understanding your situation and how they might help or hinder the change you are seeking. My approach, although based around eft, is adaptable as not one size fits all. Our sessions will be a joint, creative venture. We all have struggles in our lives, these may be present day issues you are struggling with or issues from your past that are causing you problems or leaving you feeling stuck. You may have a low mood, anxiety, struggling in relationships or be experiencing symptoms of trauma. Together we can explore ways to ease your difficulties that best suit you as an individual. We will work at your own pace in a way which feels safe and appropriate for you.
I have gained experience of working with a number of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, childhood abuse and relationship difficulties. I have worked as a volunteer with West Wales Domestic Abuse Service and with Carmarthenshire Counselling Service.
I offer both short and long term counselling, we can decide which suits you best when we meet. The first session can be an opportunity to meet and for you decide if I am the right person for you to work with. Psychotherapy works best when it is regular so we will commit to meeting regularly, ideally weekly, allowing for the fact that you may have many other commitments to work around. We will regularly review progress and decide together how to proceed. Please feel free to contact me.
I am a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines. I am in reciept of regular supervision and take part in regular cpd training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
PgDip in Psychotherapeutic Practice (Emotion Focused Therapy)
British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma
BA (hons) Archaeology
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
£30 per 50 minute session
If you wish to cancel or change an appointment please do so as soon as possible. Cancellation within 24hrs hours will incur full charge, within 48 hrs £15.
I have appointments available on Friday in Cardigan and Monday to Thursday in Carmarthen. Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email.
I provide a confidential service.No one will be informed that you are coming to counselling, or what is discussed ( although I will discuss my work with my supervisor without mentioning names or identifiable personal details)
Confidentiality will only be broken in extreme circumstancesif you share information which leads me to believe there is a risk of harm to yourself or another.
If there are concerns for the safety of a child/children then we will discuss what needs to happen to protect the child/children.
In case of historical sexual abuse then please be aware theat if the perpertrator's identity is disclosed or other children are at risk, then I will have a duty to inform the authorities.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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