Susie Renshaw, BA (Hons), MSc, Adv Dip, MBACP (Accred)
I provide counselling and psychotherapy in central Cambridge, within a confidential and professional environment. In addition to private practice, I am College Counsellor at St John's College, University of Cambridge.
I am Accredited and Registered as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have provided counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people since 2002.
Trained in integrative therapy, I draw from three main approaches: Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
I offer focused, short-term counselling (typically 6-8 appointments) as well as long-term psychotherapy for anyone wanting to work through more deep-seated or complex issues.
I have considerable experience in working with a wide range of problems but also specialise in helping people with transition issues - facing changes in your personal circumstances (eg family/career/study), endings, losses, or entering a new phase of life.
I bring warmth, empathy, a non-judgemental attitude and a sense of humour. I can be gently challenging where necessary, while being supportive and compassionate.
I can work with you to explore and make sense of your issues. Understanding is the first step towards making changes. I can help you develop strategies and skills to manage your issues and to find a positive way forward.
It may be that you keep repeating unhelpful patterns of behaving or thinking. I can work with you to identify these patterns, to understand them and to make changes to enable you to start leading a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and core training:
- Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (since 2007)
- MSc (Distinction) in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health, King's College London
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD Counselling School
- Certificate in Counselling, Birkbeck, University of London
- BA (Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
- Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training, Centre for Stress Management
- Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Merit), Birkbeck, University of London
- Mental Health First Aid
- Safeguarding 16-25 year olds, NSPCC
- Certificate in Online Counselling Skills, Online Counsellors
- Managing Stress with Mindfulness, Mental Health Foundation
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Anna Freud Centre
As well as my private practice work, I have many years' experience providing counselling to students in higher education.
This has given me considerable experience in working with a wide range of problems including low mood, depression, anxiety, grief, eating problems, relationships, low self-esteem and confidence, identity, study/work issues and traumatic experiences.
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation means I have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the BACP. This also means I am required to renew my accreditation on an annual basis and provide evidence of continual professional development and supervision.
I work in accordance of the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Each appointment is charged at £60.
I have a limited number of reduced fee appointments which are available for students and individuals on a low income. Please contact me to discuss.
Appointments last 50 minutes and we'll generally meet weekly at the same time each week.
I offer a free telephone or email consultation to help you decide whether you want to book an appointment with me.
We can talk briefly about what is troubling you, any questions you may have about me, my practice and any professional issues. It will also give you a sense of what counselling with me might be like.
I offer appointments online and at two central Cambridge health and wellbeing clinics - Cambridge Flourishing and Salus Wellness.