Suzanne Oakes Bsc.Hons, Dip. Coun, Registered member BACP.
Hello and thank you for looking at my profile, my name is Suzanne and I am a qualified experienced Counsellor and a member of the BACP, adhering to their Ethical Framework for the counselling professions, which ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients’ best interests always at the heart of my work.
Having personally experienced mental health difficulties I feel I have the necessary perspective to help people working through difficult times in their own lives, with empathy and compassion. Contact me to receive personalised therapy in your own home, with weekday, weekend and evening appointments available all over Stroud and Cirencester, to achieve your individual wellbeing goals.
I have over thirteen years experience working with people who need support with their mental health including generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, depression, healthy long term weight loss, lack of confidence, social anxiety, performance coaching, phobias, panic disorder, OCD, workplace stress, constant worrying, feeling sad, bereavement, family issues , being bullied, retirement planning, relationship issues, pain management, increasing motivation and counselling for a range of different issues.
Having personally received counselling and therapy I understand it can be hard to take the first step, but I do everything I can to make it as easy as possible for you to get necessary support.
Everyone has a time in their life when they struggle and people should get the help and support they need to work through problems and improve their lives. By working on your emotional wellbeing you can build your resilience and reduce your reaction to the stresses of life.
I offer person centred counselling to support individuals and give them the outlet to tell their story, we can then work together to find ways to help reduce the impact traumatic events can have on a person's life.
I cover Stroud and Cirencester, and the surrounding areas, with flexible appointment times, in your home, at a time that suits you. I also offer Skype, email and telephone sessions to people from any location, please send me an email or give me a ring for more information.
Healthy weight loss
Sometimes individuals struggle with eating healthily and happily and need counselling in order to work towards sustainable healthy long term weight loss. I am an experienced NHS Health Improvement Practitioner and have helped many people lose weight and keep it off long term. This support will help you learn what works for you and how to make a lifetime lifestyle change.
This approach isn't about fast weight loss that will just go back on, instead it is about examining your emotional relationship with food and creating more positive cycles of behaviour. Please contact me to find out if this type of counselling could be beneficial to you.
I can support you to access places or situations that you have been avoiding with exposure therapy sessions set in the community. This is based on gradually helping you to learn how to manage and cope in avoided places and how to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings. This approach will build your confidence and stop your world from becoming too isolated.
As well as face to face and telephone sessions Skype and email sessions are available.
Client testimonials- 1:1 sessions
“I found Suzanne to be very easy to talk to, she put me at ease and I felt she could relate to me having gone through mental illness herself. I have made huge progress since I started the sessions as evidenced by my family noticing huge positive changes in me. I would highly recommend Suzanne to anyone who is nervous about counselling”
"Suzy has completely changed my life, I had long standing Obsessive Compulsive disorder, her patience and understanding gave me my life back"
“Suzanne helped me to lose one and a half stone in a healthy way, which I never would have done without her, she deserves a huge pat on the back for her work with me”
“I am very happy with everything Suzanne helped me with, she listened to my thoughts and needs and helped me find myself and my self-worth. I am happier than I have been in a long time and would recommend therapy to anybody”
Client testimonials - Marriage counselling
"Suzy saved our marriage, she helped us work through our problems and now we are back in the good place that we used to be in."
"Counselling helped us learn how to communicate better, without things escalating, we can laugh together again and we now understand what the other person needs"
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person centred Counsellor with an Honours degree in Psychology, an experienced NHS Health Trainer, and Health Improvement Practitioner with a post graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural therapy. I have experience providing professional coaching, and have previously worked as a CBT therapist, Counsellor for the NHS, and Assistant Psychologist working with a range of client groups. I have previously volunteered as a high school counsellor in a deprived area.
While working as a CBT therapist and counsellor I have helped many people with anxiety, relationship issues, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, social anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder (panic attacks) and phobias. I can teach a variety of techniques and tools including mindfulness, stress reduction, relaxation and positive coping strategies. I have had specialist training in helping teenagers with anxiety or depression.
Currently I work part-time for the NHS as a Health and Wellbeing Counsellor. I always treat clients as individuals and adapt my approach to help an individual successfully achieve their goals. I always use compassion, empathy and unconditional positive regard to help a client unlock their potential in a non-judgemental safe atmosphere.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Exposure therapy
- Healthy long term weight loss
- Emotional wellbeing
- Professional coaching
- Coping with pain
- Teen counselling
- Wellbeing consultancy
- Performance coaching
- Head injury/ Learning difficulty specialist
- Behaviour change tools and techniques
- Depression and Anxiety specialist
- Relaxation Therapy
- Workplace stress
- Flying or travel phobias or other types of phobias
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
Please contact me on 07930212124 to book an appointment or to find out what therapy entails. You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An hours session is 45£. I will come to your own home at a time that suits you, you can pay for sessions by cash or cheque. Please ring for more information, it is never too late to start on the path to wellbeing.
Please note different fees apply for insurance companies and reports, please email for a competitive quotation. Workplace wellbeing consultancy is available, as well as mental health and self care training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I provide sessions in a clients own home, which can help clients who struggle leaving their home access support.
I am available for home visits on weekdays, evenings and weekends in Stroud and Cirencester. Telephone, email and skype sessions available, appointments at a time that is convenient for you.
Types of client
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