I am Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and how I work.
Finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting; I understand that. It is so important that you find the best fit for you; I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Drop me a text or email and I will call you back for a chat through and we can decide together if it feels like a good fit for you. There is never any pressure from me and I will happily recommend alternative support if we feel that is more appropriate for you.
I offer time and space in a safe confidential environment either face to face, via zoom, or telephone. I trained integratively and work from a person centred core which means that I am client led and can draw from a range of therapeutic approaches to suit you; after all, this is your journey. My aim is to create a warm environment where my clients feel safe and supported to open up and move forward with their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a great deal of experience working with bereavement and loss from my time offering long term support in a hospice supporting patients, carers and those bereaved. For the past 2.5 years, I have worked for the NHS as Staff Counsellor offering support to my NHS colleagues whatever their role is within the NHS. I believe passionately in equality and diversity and offer a non-judgemental space for clients to bring whatever they need to talk about, the most common five words I hear in the therapy room are “You must think I’m crazy” I never do! If you are feeling it; it is valid. What can sometimes happen is the feelings get confused with the facts, I am feeling it so it must be fact, right? I will sit with you while you explore those things and find the tools and strengths that you undoubtedly have within but have perhaps forgotten along the way.
Prior to training to become a counsellor I spent 12 years in the RAF and 10 years working within education supporting students on the Autistic Spectrum. I completed a voluntary placement within a school offering one to one counselling to students aged 14+; I strongly believe in the value of offering a non-judgemental space to help our young adults unlock their potential and become comfortable in themselves. I have a great deal of experience both professionally and personally supporting those from the LGBTQ+ community. These experiences have enhanced my ability to empathise with clients and meet them wherever they are on their journey. I do not believe that there should be a one size fits all approach. You are unique and with me so will your counselling experience be.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
- Armed Forces personnel.
- Armed Forces Veterans.
- Emergency Services Staff. (I supported many NHS Staff members over the past 2.5 years and throughout the pandemic)
- LGBTQ+ Challenges.
- I have a specialist interest in working with loss and bereavement.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I Offer a free 15 minute introduction phone call. Sessions are charged at £50 for a 50 minute session thereafter.
Some concessionary slots are available; please email me for further information. I am happy to discuss this at our introductory chat.
When I work
I offer early morning and evening slots to fit around your schedule. I can offer weekly, fortnightly or more adhoc sessions. Please enquire for further details on single session therapy.
I work from a private, secluded garden office that has free, off road parking and is a short walk from Lichfield Trent Valley Train station.