Suzanne Ellis Person-Centred Counsellor (MBACP) registered
Counselling is a skilled and respectful use of relationship to facilitate you in gaining self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and finding optimal ways of developing your personal resources. The overall aim of my counselling sessions will be to provide you with an opportunity to work towards living more satisfactorily and resourcefully. Counselling relationships vary depending on need but may involve working on addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis and trauma, developing personal insights and knowledge, working with feelings of inner turmoil and conflict or improving relationships with others.
As a person-centred counsellor I believe that by offering clients a therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy and respect, they have the potential to become the person they really want to be. Sessions are led by clients and their needs. I offer clients a confidential, non-judgemental, safe space, where they can work through things at their own pace.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, lost, unmotivated, fearful, stressed? Maybe your grieving or you've been through a traumatic experience? We all need a little help sometimes to figure things out, counselling can be a useful outlet to facilitate you in finding better ways to cope with difficult feelings and challenging life events and experiences.
I have particular experience of working with clients who are bereaved after the death of a child or the death of a baby through stillbirth or miscarriage, I also have vast experience of working with adults, children and young people who are bereaved through sudden and traumatic circumstances such as suicide, murder, manslaughter, sudden illness and accidental death. I work with adults, children and young people. I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. I have recently undertaken an 80 hr CPD Level 2 Certificate in telephone and online counselling which is recognised and certified by the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) and the National Counselling Society. I am also a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Ring me if you would like to book an appointment or would like to know more about my service and how I can help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with 15 years experience. I have experience of working one to one sessions with individuals of all age groups, adults, children and young people. In the past I have been engaged as a counsellor in working for MIND and HOAP (a homeless charity) and Barnardo’s. Currently as well as my private practice, I also work as a counsellor at a children’s hospice and have been in my present role for 11 years. I have gained a vast experience of counselling clients bereaved through sudden and traumatic circumstances, I have particular experience of providing counselling to children and young people bereaved through parental death such as suicide, murder and accidental death and experience of counselling parents and family members after the death of a child or young person either through suicide, accidental death, sudden illness or life limiting condition.
I have experience of teaching basic counselling skills courses to students.
I have also facilitated training with school teachers and other professionals on topics such as:
- working creatively with bereaved children and young people
- having difficult conversations with adults, children and young people
- how to support bereaved children and young people
I have also worked with clients on the autistic spectrum.
I work with a wide age range of clients from older generation to children as young as 10 years old with a variety of presenting issues. I offer support to children from age 5-10 years old with various issues such as anxiety and sleep problems or challenges in school or family issues such as separation or divorce.
Before my present role as a hospice counsellor I worked as a special needs teacher in a special education college and have experience of supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Qualifications and training
- Masters degree in Counselling Studies (Chester University, 2016)
- CPCAB Level 6 certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (2019)
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (2006)
- Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (2009)
- ABC Certificate in integrative counselling (2001)
- ACTO approved level 2 Certificate in telephone and online counselling 80 hours continued professional development (2020)
- Level 4 Certificate in Mentoring (2004)
- Certificate in Mindfulness-based stress reduction (2011)
- 101 certificate in Transactional Analysis (2012)
- Storm suicide prevention training (2012)
- suicide awareness training (2015)
- counselling children and young people - masters level 7 (2010)
- Certificate in training in the lifelong learning sector (2009)
- learning support assistant- level 2&3 (2007-2008)
- Working with bereaved children and adolescents (2009)
- bereavement training
- attachment based theory (2017)
- couples therapy
- level 3 safeguarding children/level 3 safeguarding vulnerable adults (2020)
- mental health first-aid (2009)
- self-harm (various training and constantly updated)
- complex post traumatic stress disorder (2019)
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP registered number 92710) and I abide by their ethical framework. I am also a member of the Children and Young People Division of the 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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stillbirth / miscarriage
Living with life-limited conditions
death of a family member through any circumstances
An hours individual counselling session costs £40.00. I offer concessionary rates to students, trainee counsellors, key workers, OAPs, people who are unemployed or are on a low income.
Concessions offered for
I am currently unable to see clients face to face due to the Coronavirus.
Usually when I do face to face sessions I see clients in my own home. I have a therapy room in my home which is set up as a safe confidential space for counselling sessions to take place in. My private counselling room is within easy walking distance of Oswestry town centre, and there is ample parking space available on my drive. Oswestry is in Shropshire and is within easy distance of Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Chester, Welshpool and Mid Wales. If you would like to know more about my counselling service or you have any questions please feel able to contact me today if I don’t answer the phone straight away it means I’m busy with clients but if you leave your name and number I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.