Suzanne Fricker PGDip, MA, MBACP - Psychotherapy and Counselling
Hello ... maybe you are thinking about talking to someone? Someone outside of friends and family, who can offer a professional, confidential and non-judgmental space in which to take a breath and think about what's happening in your world and inside of you.
At times each of us may feel overwhelmed, lost, trapped, isolated or invisible. People often choose to seek help because they are experiencing depression, anxiety, confusion or distress in their lives. But you don't have to be in crisis to choose therapy and all subjects can be explored safely and with curiosity.
I will listen and aim to help you to understand yourself and your relationships better and see choices more clearly; I can be alongside you as you improve your emotional and mental well-being, and support you through challenges along the way.
Finding the right therapist for you is important:
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is key to the success of counselling.
The initial consultation is a chance for us to discuss what has brought you to therapy, I will explain a little more about the process and my ways of working and listen to an overview of your story and any history that you feel is relevant. Most importantly, it enables you to get a feel for me as a practitioner, and whether you would like us to work together moving forwards. Trust your instincts in this session and feel free to ask as many questions as you want to. Sometimes it is useful to speak to more than one therapist to find the right one for you, I offer a free initial meeting so that you can do this without financial risk.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Masters training in psychotherapy and counselling at Regent's University, London was integrative. This means that I studied the leading schools in the field of psychotherapy, gaining an understanding of how each way of thinking relates to the individual.
This has enabled me to develop an integrated approach, drawing on existential and psychodynamic practice, that I can tailor to you and your needs wherever you find yourself right now.
Ongoing professional development is important to me in delivering the best care that I can to my clients; I have undertaken several client group and issue specific training courses, including mentalisation based training (MBT-A) for working with adolescents at the Anna Freud Centre.
I deliver psychotherapy and counselling to individuals in both the charity and private sectors, working with a broad range of issues and with people from varied walks of life.
Whilst I enjoy working with all sorts of clients and the issues that they bring, I have a particular interest in working with periods of transition and change, whether that be related to life stage, relationships, work or specific events. I also work to support parents as individuals or as couples who are experiencing challenges in, or want to explore further, their family relationships.
I work with clients both long and short term; the number of sessions will depend on you and your needs and what you are comfortable with. Generally I work face to face from a practice room in Henley - on Thames, but during the current pandemic I am offering telephone and online counselling. I have undertaken additional training to support this.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transition and Change
I work Monday to Thursday including some early morning and evening sessions. Please contact me for current availability.