Suzanne May UKCP, MBACP, Pychotherapist, Counsellor, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist
Whatever the nature of your current difficulties, I offer a safe, calm and confidential space in which you can talk openly and without fear of judgement. I am receptive to the way you are as a person and respectful of your beliefs, behaviours, personal choices and past experiences. My aim is to help you with any problem you're finding hard to handle on your own, to achieve your goals and provide you with the tools to ensure long-lasting success.
Reaching out for help can seem daunting, so an initial consultation will give you an idea of what it will be like and help you decide whether to proceed. We will decide together what would be most helpful to you. You might have a problem that could benefit from coaching or you may prefer counselling or psychotherapy. I work with individuals, couples and groups.
Coaching is a collaborative, solution focused, results-oriented and systematic process where I facilitate enhancement of work performance, self-directed learning and personal and professional growth. The focus is more goal oriented; present and future focused.
Counselling and psychotherapy is where I meet with you to explore the distress you may be experiencing. This may be, for example, a difficulty; a specific or general dissatisfaction with life; a loss of a loved one, or a loss of a sense of direction or purpose. If you look further down my profile you will see a list of areas I work within. The focus here is more on the past and present with a view to attaining a more satisfying future experience of your life and of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over 20 years experience working people who have a wide range of issues, everything from a short term difficulty at work to serious life impacting events and decisions. I have worked in treatment centre settings, organizational settings and in my own private practice. In addition to providing these services myself, I also supervise and train other coaches, counsellors and psychotherapists.
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Registered MBACP Counsellor
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
Certificate in Integrative Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate Gestalt Psychotherapy
BA (Hons.) Social Anthropology
Certificate in Life Coaching
Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Further training in
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Telephone counselling
- Counselling via Skype (and similar)
- Supervision for counsellors and trainees
- Coaching for weight loss, assertiveness, career change, etc.
- Group Therapy
- Training - workshops
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My fee is £50 per session with concessions for students and those on low incomes. My fee for couples and family work is £60 per session. Sessions typically last 50 minutes.
I worked in the business world at management level, mostly for SMEs, for many years before retraining as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have also run a franchise business for 15 years. Because of this my clients with work and stress related issues have found my understanding of their situation quite helpful.
My key interest is relationship issues - in the sense that any interaction with another being is a relationship. If we can understand the elements that make up the relationship(s) in question and work out where your responsibilities reside, it can become easier to find your solution.
I run a weight management group for women that meets weekly. This is a group where you explore how you use food to meet your emotional hungers and how you can support yourself differently so that you meet your emotional needs without the unwanted side effects on your body.
I am a qualified NLP Practiioner. As Robert B. Dilts explains: NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). NLP if founded on two Fundamental presuppositions: 1.) The Map is Not the Territory – we only know our own personal perceptions of reality. This “map” is not reality itself, therefore it has the potential to limit us - and 2.) Life and “Mind” are Systematic Processes – the interaction of the various aspects of our being within us between us and our environment is a systematic whole that needs to be dealt with as a whole.
Transportation & Parking:
Buses: 3 and 41
Trains: North Camp Station is a five minute walk. Ash Vale Station is a ten minute walk.
Parking: Parking available in my drive.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
By appointment - Monday to Saturday from 11:30. Last appointment 19:30
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to Coaches and Humanistic oriented Therapists.