Suzanne Walsh MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.
My name is Suzanne and if you are reading this, the probability is that you are looking for a therapist. I hope the following information will help you in your search. I can offer you a confidential place where you can talk about yourself and your life, which may be confusing and you may feel uncomfortable, angry or unhappy. A place, where you are free to work through any issues or difficulties, for example, relationship issues, illness, stress and anxiety, depression or addiction to name a few. I offer an opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns, in a way that is different from talking with a loved one or friend
I understand that it is not always easy to talk about problems and to express your feelings so I aim to bring warmth and empathy to enable you to talk about those things that bother you
I will listen to the way you feel and how this affects you. I will accept the way you are without judging and I will work with you to enable you to make the changes that you want to happen. I will offer the first half hour of the first session free for you to see how this works.
As an experienced Person-Centred counsellor, an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I run a Private Practice from my home in South Buckinghamshire and have many years experience of working as Counsellor and Clinical Lead in a Substance Misuse Agency and a G.P’s surgery in West London.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in The Theory and Practice of Counselling
BACP Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision
ABC Diploma in Case Work Supervision
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Counselling
I started my working career nursing in a London hospital where I gained great insight into how stressful situations, be this acute or chronic periods of illness, life threatening and terminal illness such as cancer, addiction and trauma can affect a person and their family and friends,
Having also worked in the corporate and entertainment industries, I have an understanding of the stresses inherent in both environments. And whilst bringing up a family, as a mother, I continued to nurse disabled people and the terminally ill.
I have many years of experience providing drug and alcohol counselling, for misusers and anyone affected by someone else's use at all levels of society. I have also had considerable experience working in a G.P’s surgery in West London. Other counselling experience includes, working in a Hospice, and in the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, at Mount Vernon Hospital, offering support to patients, families and friends living with cancer or a life-threatening illness.
I am, also, a qualified supervisor offering supervision both in an agency and privately, to individuals and groups.
My philosophy is based upon that of Carl Rogers, pioneer of the Person-Centred Approach. I share his belief in the actualising tendency, the innate capacity of every individual to grow and develop.
I feel my life’s experiences have equipped me with an empathic understanding, which I aim to bring to my counselling work.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have several years experience providing drug and alcohol counselling, treatment, and support services for substance misusers and anyone affected by someone else's use of drugs and alcohol. When a person is addicted to something they cannot control how they use it, and become dependent on it to cope with daily life and mask the pain of life's past traumas. Many of us can use substances or become engaged in activities without any significant problems. Some people, however, may experience damaging psychological and/or physical effects when their habit becomes an addiction. I have the ability to offer you through counselling the possibility of minimising the harm from your drug of choice and then to equip with skills to prevent relapse.
I have also worked as a counsellor supporting clients who may have just received a diagnosis of Cancer, or any other life threatening illness, either for themselves or for a loved one, through all the stages of treatment that this will bring with it. My experience gained in a day hospice in Hertfordshire and at Mount Vernon hospital enable me to offer a peaceful space where you are free to talk about your anxieties, exploring options around treatments or end of life care and how loved ones will be affected so that you are able to make sense of what is happening. It is of paramount importance that this relationship offers a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment so you will feel able to take a proactive role as early as possible. By feeling in control of your situation, it will be easier to make informed decisions and find the way forward that is right for you.
In today's ever changing world and the ways in which we communicate I am able to offer support to anyone who is feeling vulnerable to the Effects of Media Pressure, issues around Body Dissatisfaction and Social Phobia.
- Individual 60 minutes £60
- Couples 90 minutes £100
- Individual 60 minutes £60
- Group by the hour £60
Fees are payable in cash or by cheque at the end of each session.
Please do ask as some concessions may be available.
My philosophy is based upon that of Carl Rogers, pioneer of the Person-centred Approach. I share his belief in the actualising tendency, the innate capacity of every individual to grow and develop. I see my task as being to facilitate this growth which is achieved by offering a non-judgemental, valuing environment where a client can truly be her or him self. To this end I feel my life’s experiences have equipped me with an empathic understanding which I bring to my counselling work.
I am also able to offer Supervision to both individuals and Groups and I am an approved supervisor with the Metanoia Institute, Amersham & Wycombe College an addictions agency in West London.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments for long and short term therapy are available early morning, daytime and evenings. At the end of each one hour session we find a mutually acceptable time to meet again.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My aim is to foster an environment where the supervisee is willing to be open with her/him self, and have an ability to share their client work and the thoughts and actions around this.