Suzanne Ellis MBACP (Registered) MA counselling
Hi, I have been a qualified person-centred counsellor for 12 years, I have experience of working with adults and children and young people, experiencing depression, anxiety, loneliness, bullying, stress, trauma, loss, grief and bereavement.I also have experience of working with families and couples. I have been working for a local children’s hospice as a family counsellor for the past 9 years.
If you’re thinking that you’re not happy or you aren’t yourself or something in your life is really difficult for you to cope and manage right now. If your family and friends are unable to help you (although they might have tried). If you can’t explain to anybody what it is, that is making you feel so sad or lost. If as each day passes you find yourself becoming more of a shell of your former self and although you may be putting on a front to your family, loved ones and friends, maybe your mask is beginning to fall.
Maybe now is the the time to decide to make a positive move to help yourself by seeking the help of a counsellor. A counsellor is somebody that, doesn't know who you are and has no preconceived perceptions of you and has no prior connection to your life.
Counselling may help lift the heavy burden of sadness, confusion or anxiety or whatever it is that you may be feeling. And hopefully you will find with each session that it will became easier for you to talk about the things you are finding difficult. Everybody has thoughts and feelings that they don't feel able to talk about with their closest friends and family. Sometimes we just need to talk to somebody that doesn't know who we are, so that we are able to learn more about ourselves, our lives and our thoughts and feelings.
I can offer you an hour every week/fortnight, an hour for you to spend in a safe and confidential space, exploring your thoughts and feelings with no judgement. I believe that when individuals are given the right conditions, such as a safe, empathic and caring therapeutic relationship built on trust, understanding, authenticity and acceptance, they can get through even the most challenging and difficult life experiences.
When you come to meet me, we will have an initial assessment session which is ‘free’ of charge and will last half an hour. This assessment session will be a time for us to meet each other and a time for you to find out if counselling may be of help and for you to ask me any questions. It will also be a time for us to find out if we would feel happy to work together therapeutically. Also in the initial assessment session we can contract to work for six weekly/fortnightly sessions, however if after one or two sessions you feel that don’t need anymore time then that’s great, however after six sessions we will review how the counselling is going and if you feel that six sessions has not been enough time for you to talk about all you need to talk about, then you can have more sessions, my work with you will be led by your needs and will not be time limited. We will see each other weekly/ fortnightly for an hour and the charge will be £35 for the hour session.
Sometimes the stigma surrounding seeking help and support can make people afraid of getting the help they really need. Counselling isn't for everybody, but it can help most people. I believe that there is nothing wrong with needing assistance, because we all need help from time to time.
I am also experienced in working creatively in sessions with clients using sand tray work, collage work and other creative ways, especially with children and young people, if you feel this way of working would be helpful to you at all.
I have a room in my home that I work from which is a confidential and safe environment for counselling sessions to take place in. My home is in the suburbs of Oswestry, but is within easy walking distance of Oswestry town centre, there is also ample parking space on my drive.
Please ring me if you need to ask me any questions about my counselling service. Thank you for looking at my profile.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in person-centred counselling, I also have an advanced diploma in Gestalt Therapy and an MA in Counselling Studies which I achieved at Chester University.
I have over the past 12 years undertaken an array of diverse training in order to continue my professional development, including training in Mindfulness, trauma, loss, grief and bereavement, suicide prevention, counselling children and young people, adolescent bereavement, attachment based theory, couples therapy, 101 transactional analysis, safeguarding, self-harm, mental health first aid.
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.
I initially worked as a volunteer counsellor for MIND in Wrexham and also Homeless in Oswestry Action Partnership (HOAP). I have been working as a paid family counsellor at a local children’s hospice for the past 9 years. I have worked extensively in one to one sessions with adults, children and young people. I also have some experience of working with couples and families.
I have worked with clients who have experienced depression, anxiety, social anxiety, loneliness, stress, addictions and trauma. Also clients who have encountered loss such as moving house, job loss, redundancy, loss of physical ability through accident or illness. I also counsel parents with children with life-limiting conditions. I also work with clients who are bereaved through deaths such as, still-births, sudden illness, suicide, road traffic accidents, murder and manslaughter. I also have experience of working with clients who are having difficulties in relationships with loved ones, family members, friends, work colleagues and neighbours.
Over the years at the hospice, I have gained extensive experience of counselling children and young people. I have had lots of experience of using creative arts in sessions and am very happy to work with clients of all ages in this way, if clients would like to experience this therapeutic way of working.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Sessions will be for an hour and I charge £35 an hour.
The first meeting with me will be an assessement session lasting up to 30 minutes which will be free of charge. The assessment session is a time for us to discuss how counselling may be of help to you and for us to decide if we would feel happy and able to work together in a therapeutic relationship. The assessment session is also a time when we can discuss the counselling contract and you can ask any questions you would like to know about the counselling process.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available all day Friday and Saturday afternoon appointments, I could also do evening appointments.
Types of client