Suzy Carter MBACP (Accred.) Integrative Counsellor
Hello and welcome :)
I am an experienced, BACP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with a wide variety of issues, for example: anxiety, depression, low mood and feelings of sadness, low self-esteem, relationship and attachment problems and abuse.
At the moment, as well as offering regular sessions online and by phone, I am also available for free 20 minute emotional support sessions by phone, Monday - Friday, between 9.30am and 10.30am only - 'The Listening Hour'. No booking is necessary - these short sessions are provided on a first come, first served basis.
NHS staff and other key workers are particularly welcome to use this service.
Trauma, coping with illness and the pressures of caring, bereavement and loss are areas in which I specialise, as I have worked with two charitable organisations, supporting carers and the bereaved, for several years.
You can contact me directly for an appointment, without the need for a doctor's referral. A short introductory session may be the best way to help you decide if you would like to work with me.
My clients are of all ages, from 12 years upwards and I would welcome your enquiry, whoever you are and whatever your background.
Anything you say to me would be treated with the utmost confidentiality and respect.
I am a humanistic and integrative counsellor and my work is underpinned by Person-Centred theory. That means our sessions would follow the direction that you choose - not my agenda. Working together, we would aim to create a warm, compassionate, honest, non-judgemental and professional relationship in which to explore your concerns and to support your process of self-discovery and change.
I will sometimes suggest using creative or Mindfulness-based activities, if they seem to be relevant and potentially helpful - but the choice is always with you. I will always respect your individuality and treat you as holistically as possible.
Taking the first step into therapy is often the hardest but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me or email me through the form on this website (please check your junk mail box, if you don't see my reply in your inbox!),
Training, qualifications & experience
- PG Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice - Relational Change/Miriam Taylor
- BA(Hons) Humanistic/Integrative Counselling, 1st – Middlesex University/Peter Symonds College
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – Alton College
- Foundations of Analytical Psychology - Society of Analytical Psychologists
- NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory – Alton College
- NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills – Alton College
- NCFE Level 2 Mental Health Awareness – Eastleigh College
- Certificate: Attachment - Sir Richard Bowlby/HACP
- Certificate: Emotional Anatomy (trauma) - Tony Buckley
- Certificate: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - The Rowans Hospice/Phil Russell
- Certificate: Empathy for Self and Others – Russell Kendell and John Threadgol
- Certificate: Bereavement and Loss in Adults and Children – The Bereavement Counselling Charity
- Certificate: Onsite Intervention Work in the Aftermath of a Traumatic Incident - Jonathon Lake
- Certificate: Mental Health and Safeguarding - Radian
- Certificate: Emergency First Aid at Work - British Red Cross
- Certificate: Level 3 Child Protection Training - NHS
- Workshop: Working with Sand Trays - The Bereavement Counseling Charity
- Workshop: Deep Play and Deep Drama - Dr Sue Jennings/HACP
These trainings have included:
- Trauma therapy
- Person-Centred therapy
- Gestalt and existential therapy
- Transactional analysis
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Creative approaches
- Working with couples and young people
- Working with addictions
- Human psychological development
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and also belong to the HACP (Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
As well as seeing clients privately, I have worked as a counsellor for a social housing provider, a carer's support group, a bereavement counselling charity and a family counselling organisation. These roles often involved working with young people.
My first career was as a clinical physiologist, specialising in cardiology. I re-trained as a counsellor after raising my three (now adult) children.
I am also a qualified reflexologist and am passionate about holistic practice and the mind-body connection.
I hold a current (March 2020) enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificate.
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
£60 per session for individuals
£40 per session for student counsellors
NHS discount available
Counselling sessions are 50 min long and usually take place weekly, for a mutually agreed period.
A short introductory session may help us to decide if we would like to work together. There would be no charge for this meeting.
Free 20min emotional support sessions by telephone available Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 10.30am only, during Covid-19 situation. No booking necessary - first come, first served.
Concessions offered for
I undertake regular supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines.
I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) conferences, courses and workshops each year, to update and develop my skills.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
My consulting room offers a quiet, comfortable and private environment, with large windows and a leafy outlook.
The practice is 5 min by car from the A3, on the Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex borders. It is easily accessible and there is on-site parking.
Evening appointments are occasionally available.