Suzanne Walker, MBACP
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become" (Carl Jung)
Hi, I'm Suzanne, a registered and fully insured integrative therapeutic counsellor working with young people (15-17 years), and individual adults, for shorter or longer term therapy. I can help with a range of issues including (but not limited to) bereavement and loss, infertility, relationship issues, family problems, low self-confidence, lack of purpose, anxiety and anger. I understand that life can bring with it different challenges, both from the past and in the present. I deeply believe that by working together, in relationship, we can explore and make sense of your life choices, challenges and patterns of behaviour. When we understand and accept ourselves, we can make change.
Our work is collaborative led by you, my client.
I aim to develop a safe, comfortable and warm relationship, focussing on your unique story, without prejudice or judgement. You will be treated with respect and equality at all times, and truly heard.
Being an integrative counsellor, I can draw on many different therapeutic models according to the needs of my client and the goals for the work that we agree on, together. The aim is to develop a strong bond so that you feel I am 'walking alongside' you, as we explore various areas of your life. I particularly focus on the following approaches:
Psychodymanic - which helps link and make sense of past interactions and experiences with current ways of relating and life choices.
Person centred - a humanistic approach which ensures clients, and their opinions and beliefs about themselves, are central to the work. This approach supports and respects that every person has an inbuilt drive to reach their full potential, given the right conditions.
I also use elements of other theories such as Transactional Analysis, Transpersonal, Existential, Gestalt and Jungian.
I undertake regular continuous professional development (CPD) to further my knowledge and skills. I also have monthly supervision, a requirement for all counsellors and therapists, which allows me to reflect on my work and develop my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Levels 2 & 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
- Advanced Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
- Certificate of Proficiency from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
- Registered Member of the BACP - as such, I adhere to their Code of Ethics, which supports professional practice and ethical working.
- CPD certificate - Assessment and managing risk (TAC)
- CPD certificate "Search for a Secure Base" (BACP)
- CPD certificate - Helping Children Tell Their Stories (Place2Be)
- CPD certificate - Working with bereavement and complex grief (BACP)
- Enhanced DBS certificate (children and adult workforce, issued November 2019)
- Primary School Counsellor with Place2Be - November 2018-December 2019
- Therapist (volunteer) at The Awareness Centre (low-cost counselling), SW London. (Current)
- Private Practice, launched July c/o The Eaves Counselling and Psychotherapy - Guildford, Godalming and Farnham.
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
My fees are £50 for a 50 minute session for adults and £40 for 50 minutes for young people (13-17 years).
Online sessions (via Zoom) are £40 for 50 minutes for all clients.
I have a limited number of concessionary sessions for those on low-income/benefits, of pensionable age and students (proof required). Please enquire on initial contact.
Concessions offered for
If you are interested in working with me, please send a message via this site, or text me on the number given. We can then arrange a mutually convenient time for a 20 minute chat, either online via Zoom (no charge) or in person (£15) to get to know each other a little and decide whether we would like to work together.
Going forward, sessions will normally be at the same agreed time and day, each week, for 50 minutes.