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 have run a successful Private Practice from my home in South Buckinghamshire for 13years 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.
I have now re located to Alsager, Cheshire and as well offering face to face sessions, for both individuals and couples, I am able to offer counselling via Zoom and FaceTime.
All sessions can are now being conducted online via Facetime or Zoom.
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 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.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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 masking the pain of life's past traumas. Many of us can use substances or become engaged in activities without any significant problems, however some 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, working towards abstinence (if that is your goal) and equipping you with skills to prevent relapse.
I have also worked as a counsellor supporting clients who 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.
All sessions currently taking place via Zoom, Skype, and Face time.
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
As I work within a variety of different settings, please contact me either by email... email@example.com or by telephone +44 7787 577252 and I will be happy to give you further information.
- Individual 60 minutes
- Couples 90 minutes
- Individual to suit supervisee requirements
- Groups by the hour
Please do ask as some concessions may be available.
Currently as sessions are being conducted on line all fees are payable by bank transfer in advance of our meeting.
All sessions now conducted on-line, Skype, Zoom & FaceTime, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.Long & short term work with appointments early morning, daytime & evenings.
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 have experience of supervising both individuals and Groups through my work with the Metanoia Institute, Amersham & Wycombe College and a Substance Misuse agency in West London.